George Graham Lecture in Reading 2017 - Topic: Dyslexia Redux


Speaker:  Professor Julian (Joe) Elliott, Durham University, UK

Professor Elliott is Principal of Collingwood College and Professor of Educational Psychology at Durham University, UK.  His review of dyslexia/reading disability (with Elena Grigorenko) across the fields of genetics, neuroscience, psychology, education and social policy, The Dyslexia Debate (2014), was the product of 40 years’ experience as a teacher in special and mainstream schools, an educational (school) psychologist, a teacher trainer, and a researcher.

His argument that dyslexia is a scientifically flawed concept, a position often misreported, misrepresented, and misunderstood, has been met by fury and disdain in some quarters, particularly in settings where emotion, rather than rational, scientific analysis, tends to dominate, or where powerful vested interests are challenged. His arguments are particularly timely for researchers and practitioners in the United States where fierce lobbying has resulted in federal and state legislation driven by a powerful dyslexia industry that, he will argue, is unlikely to serve the interests of many young people.

Professor Elliott will outline the reasons why dyslexia is a problematic concept, discuss which forms of intervention have scientific support and which should be avoided, and then explain why his arguments have often been met by hostility. Finally, he will conclude by outlining how the needs of children with reading disabilities may be best served.

Early Bird Registration: $115 until April 30th

Regular Registration: $125 until May 31st

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Dr. Peter Patrick, Dr. Donna Scanlon and Dr. Bill Therien,  who are experts in the fields of cognitive psychology, assessment and intervention, and special education.


6/15/2017 9:00 AM - 6/15/2017 2:00 PM


Ruffner Hall Auditorium
Charlottesville, VA


Susan Hughes


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