Maria Estela Brisk
Keynote speaker on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
For decades, Maria Brisk’s work has focused on language and education—individually
and where they intersect. Teaching since the mid 1960s, her expertise has centered
on how literacy and bilingualism are developed.
After joining the Lynch School in 1999, Brisk served as Chair of the TESpECI Department
from 2007–2012. She uses systemic functional linguistics to teach writing and implement
genre-based pedagogy, most recently and successfully at Russell Elementary School.
Brisk earned her first degree from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina,
her master’s degree from Georgetown University, and her doctorate from the University
of New Mexico. She recently won the AERA Bilingual Research SIG Lifetime Achievement
Award and was appointed chair of the 2018 International System Functional Congress.
Her illustrious career includes dozens of book and scholarly journal publications,
as well as speaking engagements around the world. Brisk has been a translator, Spanish
instructor for the U.S. Peace Corps, and even served as an expert witness on several
court cases on desegregation and bilingual education. She was a long-standing member
of the Board of Editors for the Bilingual Research Journal.