Conference 2014


  ChALC Presents:

"Drawn Together: Celebrating Racial Diversity in Children's Literature"

A Biennial Conference

Sponsored by the Children's and Adolescent Literature Community, the Department of English, the Diversity Programming Committee of SGA, and the Black Student Union.

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014

Time: 8:30am-2:30pm

Location: Alumni Center, K-State.

Cost: Free with registration; registrants can attend all or just part of the conference. Students in the College of Education can receive professional development credit for attending its events. Registration available here.


9:00-9:50am - Panel 1: Education
  "'I Never Thought About It That Way...': Considering the Life Experiences of Others through Children's Literature"
  Dr. Vicki Sherbert, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education

10:00-10:50am - Panel 2: Library Science
  "Community Reading: Libraries and the Social Experience of Books"
  Melendra Sutliff Sanders, Children’ s Consultant, North Central Kansas Libraries

In the past, libraries have often been viewed as warehouses for quality literature and nonfiction. However, modern libraries seek to provide patrons with a broader range of social interactions by creating collections, tools, and programs that lend themselves to interactive, communal reading experiences.


11:00-11:50am - Plenary Lecture

Illustrator Kadir Nelson will speak on "Didactic Artistic Development."

Nelson's illustration credits include We Are the Ship:The Story of Negro League Baseball, Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, and Nelson Mandela. He has won many awards, including two Caldecott Honors, the Coretta Scott King Award, and an NAACP Image Award. In addition to children's book illustrations, Nelson has produced album art for Michael Jackson and Drake and cover art for The New Yorker.

12:00pm - Break for lunch


1:30-2:30pm - Panel 3: English

A panel of three English M.A. students will present papers:

  Erica Morgenstern, "Curious Innocence: Racial Innocence and the Reys' African Monkey" (15 mins)
  Samantha Killmeyer, "Huck Finn and the Necessary Tragedy of Return-to-Reality Closure" (15 mins)
  Laura Thacker, "Coming of Age: Community Agency in Louise Erdrich's The Game of Silence" (15 mins)

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