Disrupting Youth Literature Symposium 2020
July 6 - 9, 2020
Join Us To:
Build on your understanding of youth literature as you pursue equity in your communities, classrooms, and on the bookshelf. This workshop will inform attendees’ ability to engage with children’s literature in ways that disrupt the status quo. Continue the “Essential Conversations” we began at last year’s Building Cultural Competency Symposium (attendance at last year’s symposium is not a prerequisite.)
What You’ll Learn:
- Foster competency-building with activities and discussions around key readings, including critical reviews.
- Actively explore ways to read and work against one’s own biases.
- Recognize and articulate issues of misrepresentation in literature.
- Begin exploring the complexities of cultural competency to foster equity in communities, classrooms, and on the bookshelf.
The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo (provided with registration by 6/1/2020)
“Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color” by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw (free access to article)
- You work in the publishing industry. Editors, agents or publishing executives will deepen their understanding of these essential conversations in the industry.
- You’re a writer or illustrator who is following this conversation on social media. This course will give you a better understanding of these conversations and give you ways to have needed conversations about your work.
- You’re a MFA professor. In teaching writers, this workshop will help you explore ways to engage in conversation about these essential elements of the industry.
- You’re teaching teachers. College professors who work with pre-service teachers can learn how to bring them into this important conversation.
- You’re building a classroom library. This course will help teachers find ways to be inclusive with their choices and ways to talk about the books with students.
- You’re an ally of the fight for correct cultural representation in children’s books. Librarians, media, booksellers, bloggers, book reviewers–all allies are welcome to join us and learn.
Our workshops typically include faculty presentations, hands-on exercises, specialty topic sessions, some level of feedback, and retreat time for working on your own projects. Although we don’t have a finished agenda for this course yet, see a sample agenda here to get an idea of what to expect.
Edith Campbell’s blog
Dr. Laura M. Jiménez’s blog
Dr. Debbie Reese’s 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot lecture
Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color” by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo. (Last year’s common read.)
“I learned so much from the team of experts that led this workshop. It was a life changing experience and I’m looking forward to the next workshop in this series of Essential Conversations.”
“I can’t believe they were all in one place for us to learn from. I registered because of the faculty-learning different things from each was important. The variety of expertise was powerful. The staff made us all feel comfortable too.”
“The faculty had to speak on topics that are uncomfortable for many to listen to; they did so in a way that was not threatening while not avoiding the tougher points.”
Three scholarships are available for this workshop from the Essential Conversations fund:
Application deadline is April 17, 2020. Scholarships will be announced May 17, 2020.
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For more information about scholarships, click here.
All-Inclusive Event Cost: $999.00
All-inclusive registration includes workshop tuition, lodging, meals, beverages, and snacks. Free shuttle service is available from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AVP) International Airport. Airport pick-up at Newark Airport is also available for $75 round-trip.
We offer payment plans as low as $75/month. We'll be in touch with details after you register.
Begins on Monday, July 6, with dinner, and ends on Thursday, July 9, with lunch.