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MSU hosts talk on rural higher education 

news-embed-devon-brenner.webpMorehead State University's Ernst and Sara Lane Volgenau College of Education welcomes Dr. Devon Brenner, director of the Social Science Research at Mississippi State University, for her presentation "Oh, The Places We're From: Old Challenges and New Narratives for Rural K-12 and Higher Education."   

The talk is at 4 p.m. today (Tuesday, Feb. 7) at the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC) Theater. It is sponsored by Appalachian Future Educators. The event is open to the public. A reception will follow immediately after the presentation.  

In addition to her role with Mississippi State University, Dr. Brenner is the editor of the National Rural Education Association journal "The Rural Educator" and author of the book "Teaching in Rural Places: Thriving in Classrooms, Schools, and Communities." Copies of that book will be available to purchase at the event.  

At Mississippi State, Brenner taught courses on the foundations of education and literacy methods while researching rural education, literacy policy and practice before becoming an administrator. She also formerly served as assistant vice president for outreach and initiatives in the Office of Research and Economic Development. She helped facilitate the construction of Partnership Middle School, a sixth- and seventh-grade school located on the Mississippi State campus.  

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