Christopher Newport University

Erin Gruwell, Author of Freedom Writers, Keynote Address

You're invited to come hear from Erin Gruwell as she presents the keynote address at the 2023 Global Confrence on Women and Gender. 

Erin Gruwell is a teacher, an education activist, and the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation. She created the Freedom Writer Methods, a progressive teaching philosophy and curricula designed to achieve excellence from all students.

By fostering an educational philosophy that values and promotes diversity, Gruwell transformed her students’ lives. She encouraged them to re-think rigid beliefs about themselves and others, reconsider daily decisions and ultimately re-chart their futures. With Gruwell’s support, they chose to forego teenage pregnancy, drugs and violence to become aspiring college students, published writers and catalysts for change. They dubbed themselves the “Freedom Writers”—in homage to civil rights activists The Freedom Riders—and published a book.

Friday, March 17, 2023 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

David Student Union, Ballroom



Free to CNU Faculty, Staff, and Students. R.S.V.P. Required Through Link Listed.

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