CULTURE

Literacy, book fair are this week’s fare

The Center for the Greek Language is holding a two-day international conference at the Goulandris-Horn Foundation in Plaka (5 Markou Avriliou Street) on «The New Literacy: Local Perspectives in a Globalized World,» tomorrow and Saturday. The conference will address issues of global literacy with lectures on the role of new technology, local and global literacy practices, «glocal» practices for foreign-language literacy on a domestic level, adult education, and global and local variables in policymaking for literacy education. The panel will also present country-specific approaches, as J.P. Jaffre discusses literacy in France, W.S.E. Lamb presents the case of Chinese immigrant youth in the USA to address second-language literacy and identity formation on the Internet, R. Kubota lectures on «Does indirectness really characterize Japanese written texts? Kokugo textbook analysis,» and S. Hadzisavvidis presents the case for second-chance schools in Greece. A round-table discussion between the panel and the public will wrap up events on Saturday evening. Kiev exhibition The Odessa Department of the Hellenic Cultural Foundation is representing Greece for the first time at the third international book fair of Kiev, running from May 19-22, and hailed as the biggest event of its kind in Ukraine. The Greek delegation’s stand will showcase recent literary output, as well as a special display focusing on the Olympic Games, with a bilingual (Greek and English) coffee-table edition, and selected children’s books. The stand will also provide informative material on the Athens 2004 Games, while also informing the public of the Hellenic Cultural Foundation’s activities. Book presentation Writer Maro Douka will be presenting her latest novel, «Innocent and Guilty,» published by Kedros, at the Aprovlepto book store (25 Riga Feraiou, Ilioupolis, tel 210.994.0110) at 8.30 p.m. on Friday. The presentation, held by the writer herself, will be followed by an open discussion with the public.