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SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL READING CONFERENCE

CHARLESTON, SC (Nov. 22)--The 17th Annual Citadel Reading Conference will be held Thursday, Nov. 30, and Friday, Dec. 1, on The Citadel campus. This year's conference, which will focus on achieving literacy, will be attend- ed by educators throughout the state and the southeast.

     The conference opens at 7 p.m. Thursday with a dinner-speech in Mark Clark Hall Auditorium. Best-selling author Robert Jordan will be the featured speaker. Robert Jordan, the pen name of Citadel alumnus James O. Rigney of Charleston, has sold 2.2 million copies of his multi-volume epic fantasy The Wheel of Time. The fifth and latest volume, "More Than Eyes Can See," debuted at #6 on The New York Times bestseller list.

     Friday's speakers include Dr. Barbara Come, chairperson of the International Reading Association, at 9 a.m.; Dr. Tom Cloer, former South Carolina Professor of the Year, at 11:30 a.m.; and Mr. Christian Thee, portrait painter for Prince Andrew of England and author of Behind the Curtain, at 3:45 p.m.

     Twelve concurrent sessions are scheduled for Friday's conference in Mark Clark Hall Auditorium, including presentations on poetry, incentive programs in reading, and models for enriching reading throughout the school system. Fourteen speakers will present papers focused on reading instruction for the elementary, middle, and high school level.

     For a complete schedule of the conference or information on registration contact The Citadel's Department of Education at (803) 953-5097.

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