Children's Literature Symposium

This Sat. 2/21/2009 there is a children’s lit symposium at USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. It is a day long program. Cost is $20, including lunch, for USF students. I attended the 2007 symposium and it was EXCELLENT. The theme this year is Representations of Diversity.  I have copied some info below:

Children’s Literature Symposium, Engaging a New Generation of Readers:

Representations of Diversity

Saturday, February 21, 9 – 4

 

This year’s program is centered on Representations of Diversity in children’s and adolescent literature. To that end, we are pleased to gather knowledgeable speakers to discuss (mis)representations of people traditionally underrepresented and marginalized in children’s literature. In addition to the keynote presentations, regional and national speakers will present in breakout sessions on topics including images of age, cultural diversity, disability, race, and sexual and gender identity.

 

Registration Fee ………………………………………………………………..$65.00 (w/lunch)

On-site Registration Fee (Day of the Event) ………………………….$75.00 (w/lunch)

USF Student Registration Fee (with copy of Student ID) ………..$20.00 (w/lunch)

USF Alumnus Registration Fee …………………………………………..$40.00 (w/lunch)

 

Keynote speakers

Debbie Reese is a leading researcher and educator in the field of American Indian representation in literature.

 

David Rice is the author of Give the Pig a Chance and Crazy Loco. His stories have appeared in seven anthologies.

 

Breakout sessions

Images of Aging in Children’s Literature: Building Children’s Ideas of Growing Older. Elizabeth Larkin, USFSM.

 

“I can’t find them anywhere”: The Scarcity of Award-winning and Honored Multicultural Children’s and Adolescent Literature. Suzanne Knezek, University of Michigan-Flint.

 

Disrupting Heteronormativity: Representing LGBTQ Identities in Children’s and Adolescent Literature. Thomas Crisp, USFSM

 

Cultural Authenticity in Children’s Literature. Weimin Mo, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

 

Ghost Kingdoms of Modern Adoption: Themes of Adoption in Literature. Deborah Therrien, USFSM.

 

Representations of Diversity in Early Reader Texts. Jacqueline LaRose, Eastern Michigan University.

 

Examining Resistance to Reading and Characterization in Multicultural Texts. Suzanne Knezek, University of Michigan-Flint; and Thomas Crisp, USFSM

 

Representation of Disabilities in Media. Julia White, Valdosta University

 

Learning to Read Flossie and the Fox: Unwrapping Representations of History and Culture. G. Pat Wilson,

USFSM

 

Culturally Appropriate Best Practices: Representing Diverse Learners in the Classroom. Marie Byrd

-Blake, USFSM.

 

 

For more information and the registration form, see attachment.

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