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Virginia Hamilton Conference 2013 Announces Theme, Call for Proposals

Posted Sep. 17, 2012

Presentation call for proposals / proposal submission form


The 2013 Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth has announced a call for proposals that address the theme "Dreams and Promises: Multicultural Literature and the Common Core."  The conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5, 2013.

Angela JohnsonPresentation proposals should be submitted on the official form via email to Meghan Harper, Ph.D., conference co-director, at sharper1@kent.edu. The deadline for proposals is Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.

Featured speakers for 2013 will be award-winning children's authors Angela Johnson (pictured, right) and Gary D. Schmidt, and illustrator Yuyi Morales.

The Virginia Hamilton Conference is the longest-running event in the United States to focus exclusively on multicultural literature for children and young adults. Honoring author Virginia Hamilton, the conference reflects a commitment to promoting cultural awareness and affirming cultural pride while addressing the array of issues that surround the concept of culture, such as:

  • Exploring various cultures in books and media;
  • Using new media/digital literacies to extend and enhance appreciation of children’s multicultural literature;
  • Programming and storytelling with multicultural children’s literature;
  • Integrating children’s multicultural literature across the curriculum;
  • Raising awareness and addressing issues surrounding cultural representation;
  • Connecting multicultural literature and the Common Core.

The Virginia Hamilton Conference is sponsored by the School of Library and Information Science and the College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services and through the Office of Continuing and Distance Education.

More information about the conference will be posted when available at the conference website.