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WHAT: Author, community activist and grandmother, Joan E. Southgate, will share stories of her 519-mile walk along the Underground Railroad route from Ripley, Ohio, to St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada. She will discuss the importance of sharing family heritage through oral and written accounts. “In Their Path: A Writer Shares Her Journey Along Ohio’s Underground Railroad” is being presented as part of a special literacy event for parents and children, grades pre-K-8, by the Institute for Educational Renewal (IER), which is affiliated with John Carroll University. IER is a professional development organization working in local school districts and currently coordinating the activities of the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Children’s Book Fund and providing on-site support in Euclid and Warrensville Heights. Following Southgate’s presentation, children and their parents will have the opportunity to develop and share their own “stories” during a writing workshop activity. This event is free, with limited seating. WHERE: Muldoon Atrium, Dolan Center for Science and Technology John Carroll University 20700 North Park Boulevard University Heights, Ohio 44118 WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 2007 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CONTACT: Deborah Zawislan, Ph.D., Executive Director Institute for Educational Renewal John Carroll University 216.397.3073 or