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USF SLIS Represented at Regional Children’s Literature Symposium

USF Sarasota/Manatee’s College of Education and FATE (Florida Association of Teacher Educators) co-sponsored the fourth annual Children’s Literature Symposium last Saturday, February 20th, 2010.

With the title The Value and Evolution of Story, the symposium addressed topics related to the history of stories as well as evolutions in and of literature. Opening keynote speaker Dr. Eric Tribunella, from the University of Southern Mississippi, presented a talk and discussion on “Pedophobia: Babes in the Woods, Unwanted Orphans, and Other Cases of Child-Hating in Children’s Literature.” The closing keynote address presented by Dr. Lance Weldy, from Francis Marion University, analyzed “The Textual Evolution(s) of Prince Caspian.” Teachers, teacher-educators, academics, and librarians present in the event enjoyed many interesting breakout sessions with thought-provoking topics and original ideas, such as using graphic novels with ELL students, intergenerational narratives, storytelling, and myths in the modern world.

The symposium also included a series of poster sessions by teachers and students, including our own USF SLIS student Patricia Carr, who presented her poster Good Grief! The Fine Line Between Tragedy and Comedy, in which she compared Beverly Cleary’s Dear Mr. Henshaw and Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾ and examined the tragic, comic, and structural elements that make these stories so successful.

The Fourth Annual Children’s Literature Symposium at USF Sarasota-Manatee was delightful, because of the spectrum of scholarly works presented spanned the history of children’s literature around the globe and covered current trends in books, film, music, and digital media, as well as emerging technologies that are influencing the publishing industry, school classrooms, and libraries today,” said Carr, a a Library Assistant with the Alachua County Library District and USF SLIS student.


USF SLIS Student Patricia Carr presenting her poster at the Selby Auditorium




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