Burnett Seminar

Monday, Nov. 6 | 1 – 5 p.m.
George Watts Hill Alumni Center, Chapel Hill
Free and open to the public

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The topic of the 16th Annual Timothy B. and Jane A. Burnett Seminar for Academic Achievement is “The Mystery, Challenges and Beauty of Dyslexia: Insights from the Reading Brain,” featuring Dr. Maryanne Wolf, director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University.

Maryanne WolfThe Burnett Seminar targets parents of teens and young adults with ADHD/LD. Its mission is to inspire this population that success in life is possible. In this presentation, Dr. Wolf will provide insights from cognitive neuroscience on the development of the reading brain circuit and why dyslexia represents a different organization of the brain rather than a disorder of reading. The seminar will emphasize the deep reading processes and intervention principals for teens and college students.

Sponsored by ADHD/LD Services of the Learning Center in the College of Arts and Sciences and the UNC General Alumni Association.

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How to Attend

This seminar is free and open to the public. Register today!

The live stream of the seminar is available on the web for those unable to attend in person.

You’ll also have the opportunity to sign up at the door from 12 to 1 p.m. on Nov. 6.


The seminar begins at 1 p.m. followed by a book signing from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

Copies of Dr. Wolf’s books and others related to the subject will be available for purchase on site prior to the start of the seminar and after the seminar.

Please note: The conference room can be chilly so bring a sweater or jacket for your personal comfort.

About Dr. Maryanne Wolf

Maryanne Wolf is the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, director of the Center for Reading and Language Research and professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. She received her doctorate from Harvard University, where she began work in cognitive neuroscience on the reading brain, literacy and dyslexia. She received two degrees in literature from Northwestern University and St. Mary’s College/University of Notre Dame. Selected teaching awards include Distinguished Professor of the Year (Massachusetts Psychological Association) and the Teaching Excellence Award for Universities (American Psychological Association). Dyslexia awards include Alice Ansara Award, Norman Geschwind Lecture Award, and Samuel Orton Award (International Dyslexia Association’s highest honors), Dyslexia Researcher Award from Windward School, and Eminent Researcher Award for Learning Difficulties in 2016 (Australia). Research awards include NICHD Shannon Award for Innovative Research, Distinguished Researcher Award; Fulbright Research Fellowship (Germany); and the Christopher Columbus Award for intellectual discovery for work in Africa, India and Australia on global literacy. This cross-disciplinary work was the content of three invited lectures to the Vatican Academy of Sciences and a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, where she is currently.

The author of over 150 scientific publications, Wolf wrote Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, now translated into 13 languages, Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (2016, Oxford University Press) and will publish Letters to the Good Reader: The Future of the Reading Brain in a Digital Culture (Harper-Collins) in fall 2017.

Parking on the Hill

Recommended parking on Monday morning is in Rams Head Parking Deck, located on Ridge Road next to the George Watts Hill Alumni Center and Kenan Stadium. The parking fee is $1.75 per hour. For the most convenient access to this event, park in the spaces nearest the Alumni Center and The Carolina Club walkway on the uppermost third level of the Rams Head Parking Deck. To find these spaces, look for directional signs immediately after you have pulled the entry ticket. From the exit at the third level, there is a flat route to this event with no stairs. In the event the Rams Head Parking Deck is full, the next closest visitor parking lot is on N.C. 54 at Country Club Road.