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Visiting Scholars Lectures

Each year the center is proud to host lectures from eminent authors and scholars whose diverse voices and perspectives help advance the scholarship and critical thinking in literature for children and young adults.

Ebony Thomas (University of Pennsylvania), "We Have Always Dreamed of (Afro)Futures."

Neil Philip, “Unhappy Ever After: When Fairytales End Badly.” Watch the video from Neil's lecture.

Christopher McGee (Longwood University), “What’s New in Detective Fiction for Young Readers.”

Michelle Ann Abate (The Ohio State University), “Out of History: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, the 1980s, and the Reclamation of a Lost Past.”

Cristina Rhodes (Sam Houston State University), "Embodying Resistance: The Body as Site of Change in Latinx Children's Literature."

Krystal Howard (California State University, Northridge), “Form as Political Resistance: The Verse Novel and the Education of the Young Poet.”

Jan Susina (Illinois State University), “From Alice’s Wonderland to Alice in Wonderland: Walt Disney’s Problem Child.”

Michael Joseph (Rutgers University), “How to Do Things with Poems.”

Michelle Martin (University of South Carolina), “Lynching 101: Young Adult Primers on the Murder of Emmett Till.”

Michael Heyman (Berklee College of Music), “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland One Hundred Fifty Years Later: A New Magic Lantern Phantasmämphigory.”  Watch the video from Michael's lecture.

Katherine Capshaw (University of Connecticut), "Freedom (and Fury) Now: Civil Rights Photographic Picture Books for Children.”

Anushka Ravishankar (Poet), “On Indian Poetry and Nonsense: a Reading and Conversation.”

Joe Sutliff Sanders (Kansas State University), "Assumptions of the Innocent:  Marketing and Manipulation in Children's Comics."

Richard Flynn (Georgia Southern University), "Randall Jarrell's The Bat-Poet: Poets, Children, and Readers in an Age of Prose."

Juan Felipe Herrera (Children’s Author) [untitled lecture]

Amada Irma Pérez (Children’s Author), “Telling Our Stories: Transforming Our Dreams.”

Marah Gubar (University of Pittsburgh), “Can We Talk About Victorian Children’s Theatre?”