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Dean’s Public Square Series presents: “The Future of Children’s Literature”

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12:00pm-1:30pm ET

Following the news, have you been wondering about the future of Dr. Seuss or the lifespan of Babar?  Then please join us for a panel discussion by children's literature thought leaders:

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Associate Professor, Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division, University of Pennsylvania, will talk about The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination in Youth Literature, Media, and Culture highlighting how humans read and listen to stories not only to be informed but also as a way to enter worlds that are not like our own.

Philip Nel, University Distinguished Professor, Director, Program in Children's Literature, Kansas State University, will present about “The Future of Childhood Nostalgia; or, How to Break Up with Your Favorite Racist Children’s Books” discussing how it’s difficult to admit how pain and love are entangled in cherished artifacts of our childhood, but confronting this fact is the best way to dismantle the White-supremacist delusion of cancel culture — and to create a more inclusive, diverse culture for contemporary children.

Michelle Ann Abate, Professor of Literature for Children and Young Adults, Ohio State University, will discuss “No Kids Allowed: Children’s Literature for Adults” which examines the paradoxical new genre of “children’s literature for adults."

Poushali Bhadury, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Middle Tennessee State University, will talk about "Mirrors and Windows for the 21st Century US Teen: Queer Asian Americans in Young Adult Literature," which focuses on YA texts that bring in an intersectional LGBTQIA+ lens in their representations of AAPI protagonists, and points out why such diverse representations are vitally necessary for the future of (anti-racist) youth literature in the US and beyond.

Panel discussion and Q&A will be moderated by Kendra Tyson, The Linda May Uris Library Media Specialist at New York University and Manager of The Constantine Georgiou Library and Resource Center for Children and Literature. 

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Headshots of Professors, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Michelle Ann Abate, Philip Nel, and Poushali Bhadury.

Meet our Panelists

Dr. Michelle Ann Abate (top left), Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (top right), Dr. Philip Nel (bottom left), and Dr. Poushali Bhadury (bottom right).

Dean's Public Square Series

This event is part of the NYU Steinhardt Dean’s Public Square Series, designed to highlight NYU Steinhardt social impact.


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