October 19, 2022
Katharine Capshaw, award-winning scholar of African American children’s literature, to speak Friday, Oct. 21
On Friday, Oct. 21, Katharine Capshaw, professor of English and associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, will speak on "Archives to Airwaves: Attending to 1970s Black Children's Literature" at 4 p.m. via Zoom.
The event is free and open to the public. Visit tinyurl.com/capshawkstate to register for the Zoom link.
Capshaw studies constructions of racialized childhood in literary and visual texts. Her book "Civil Rights Childhood: Picturing Liberation in African American Photobooks," published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2014, won the 2015 Honour Book Award from the International Research Society for Children's Literature and the 2016 Children's Literature Association prize for best scholarly book. Her earlier book, "Children's Literature of the Harlem Renaissance," from the University of Indiana Press in 2004, won the Children’s Literature Association prize for best scholarly book.
With Anna Mae Duane, Capshaw edited "Who Writes for Black Children? African American Children's Literature before 1900," published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2017. The book was the winner of the 2019 Best Edited Book award from the Children's Literature Association.
"Kate Capshaw's award-winning scholarship provides important historical perspective on our current understanding of representation, race, and childhood in the United States. We are so looking forward to her virtual visit to Kansas State," said Karin Westman, department head of English.
Capshaw’s lecture is sponsored by the department of English and its graduate track in children's literature.