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Dr. Dunkley is Outstanding in Oxford

Associate Professor, Dr. Cora P. Dunkley

Associate Professor, Dr. Cora P. Dunkley

Early last fall, Dr. Dunkley was invited to present a paper at the Oxford Round Table Conference at Oxford University. The Oxford Roundtable is a not-for-profit educational organization chartered in England and Wales. There were forty-nine conference participants from the United States and one from Japan. The theme of the conference was “Children’s Literature: Allusion to Culture and Religion since 1850.” The program consisted of thirty-eight presentations and eighteen round table discussions over the week-long event. Dr. Dunkley captured the audience’s attention during her presentation, “Religious Aspects in Virginia Hamilton’s The People Could Fly and other Sources.”, on March 19th. The highlight of the presentation was her singing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. Judith Lynne McConnell-Farmer, Professor of Early Childhood Education at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, was the conference facilitator.

Dr. Dunkley was also the discussion leader for the keynote speaker, Elizabeth Solopova, who is an associate researcher in the Special Collections Department at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. Solopova’s topic was “I am not specifically interested in children, and certainly not in writing for them” – J.R.R. Tolkien’s views on Children’s Literature.


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