Deborah Van Duinen

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Associate Professor of Education

Hope College

Literacy Advocate

Program Director

NEA The Big Read Lakeshore


Deborah Vriend Van Duinen is an associate professor of English education at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She writes and teaches in the areas of English education, disciplinary literacy, and adolescent literacy. A recipient of the Towsley Research Scholar award in 2013, Van Duinen is also the program director of the Big Read Holland Area, a community-wide reading program that takes place in November. She has been on the board of editors for Perspectives, a journal of Reformed thought, since 2012.

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The Power of Reading in Community: “Brother, I’m Dying,” Community Partnerships, and Championing Student Accomplishments

Through our program, a group of high school teachers, college professors, museum and public library employees collaborated together during our month-long community-wide reading initiative centered around Edwidge Danticat’s memoir Brother, I’m Dying. Our “classrooms” became coffee shops, church basements, art galleries, and libraries. With our…
April 22, 2019


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