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Promised posting! Full text of "The Surround of Artful Science," Heath's keynote that opened the WORLDS TOGETHER conference led by a partnership between Tate Modern and the Royal Shakespeare Company and in collaboration with the British Museum and the National Theatre.

The conference was part of the World Shakespeare Festival produced by the RSC for London's 2012 Festival produced by the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Coming together to answer the following questions were artists, teaching artists, educators, academics, and policymakers.
Heath's keynote focused on three aspects of learning in the arts: art is handwork, art is play, and art is science at work. That talk which opened the conference is available here and will be published with citations early next year in Tate Papers. Click here for the PDF.

Just out!

Think about how your family has changed over the past two generations.
Then read Words at work and play: Three decades in families and communities (2012).

Now available in the United States is the book that tells the long-awaited story of what has happened to the families that readers met back in 1983 in Ways with words: Language, life, and work in communities and classrooms (1983/1996).

This new book gives a close-up picture of how families from Roadville and Trackton spent their time through the 1980s, 1990s, and through the first decade of the 21st century. Through multi-site ethnographic methods, Heath tracked the patterns of talking, managing new technologies, and altering ways of using time and space of families as they faced the roller-coaster economic changes that followed the double-dip recession of the 1980s.

For readers who want a copy of both books, Cambridge University Press will offer the two at a bargain price at AAAL in Boston in March and AERA in Vancouver.