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Sarah Sawin Thomas

Dr. Sarah Sawin Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Secondary English Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she teaches pre and in-service teachers. As a teacher educator, Dr. Thomas’s passions feature innovative curriculum design, mentoring new teachers in the field, and examining how democratic and international contexts inform 21st century education.  This summer, she looks forward to honing her writing skills through a professional workshop in Prague, Czech Republic, then exploring South Africa with her daughter, son, and husband.  Dr. Thomas and her daughter will remain there to study comparative education, language policy and practices with graduate students and colleagues.

The subject of liminality surfaced for Dr. Thomas while reading the book, Close to the Bone, years ago during a watershed moment. The concept impacted her life then and continues to teach and guide her now. Liminality will be the focus of her talk.