2018 Annual Literacy Conference and Virginia Hamilton Conference | Kent State University

2018 Annual Literacy Conference and Virginia Hamilton Conference

Literacy: Privilege or Right?

October 11-12, Kent State Student Center, Kent, Ohio


The Annual Literacy Conference, a partnership of Kent State University, Cleveland State University, The University of Akron, and Youngstown State University, focuses on literacy instructional practices for pre-K to grade 12 educators.

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 which surround the concept of culture.


Online registration is now available!

Online conference registration

There are three registration options:

Thursday, October 11, 6 - 9 p.m.:

  • Dinner
  • Marilyn Nelson Keynote
  • Virginia Hamilton Awards

Friday, October 12, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.:

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Dr. David Bloome Keynote
  • K - 12 Breakout Sessions
  • Lunch
  • Cheryl & Wade Hudson Keynote

October 11 & 12:
All events and meals