"Border Crossing in Children's Literature," a Cotsen Children's Library symposium, Jun. 14 to 16


Join us for the Second International Symposium for Children's Literature and the Fourth U.S.-China Symposium for Children's Literature, "Border Crossing in Children's Literature," in the Maeder Hall Auditorium in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. 

The event, open to the public, is hosted by Cotsen Children's Library and was organized by Minjie Chen from Princeton University and Qiuying Lydia Wang from Oklahoma State University. Registration is available until Friday, June 8, 2018.

The event schedule is as follows: 

June 14, 2018
9:00 a.m. - Welcome.

9:25 a.m. - Evaluation, Gatekeeping, and Criticism of Children's Literature. Speakers: Marc Aronson (children's nonfiction writer, USA), Lifang Li (Lanzhou University, China), and Betsy Bird (children's literature reviewer, USA).

11:05 a.m. - Paratextual Readings of Children's Literature and Media. Speakers: Frances Weightman (University of Leeds, UK), Xiru Du (Penn State University, USA), and Natasha Heller (University of Virginia, USA).

1:40 p.m. - National Children's Literature and Border Crossing. Speakers: Ziqiang Zhu (children's writer and scholar, China), Limin Bai (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand), Yan Xu (Ocean University of China), and Wei Zheng (Fujian Early Childhood Education College, China). 

3:45 p.m. - Translation, Transformation, and Cultural Brokers. Helen Wang (children's literature translator, UK), Derong Xu & Yawen Fan (Ocean University of China), Chia-Hui Hsing (children's writer, Taiwan & USA), and Camila Zorrilla Tessler (Yale University, USA). 

June 15, 2018
9:00 a.m. - Comparative Readings of International Children's Literature. Speakers: Angela Sorby (Marquette University, USA) & Ning Yang (Gannan Normal University, China), Aiping Nie (Northeast Normal University, China), and Claudia Nelson (Texas A&M University, USA). 

10:40 a.m. - Migrants, Migrating Values, and New Homes. Speakers: Shih-Wen Sue Chen (Deakin University, Australia) & Sin Wen Lau (University of Otago, New Zealand), Anne Morey (Texas A&M University, USA), and Chengcheng You (Jinan University, China). 

1:20 p.m. - Professional Intermediaries Between Children and Literacy: Expert Demonstrations. Speakers: Dana Sheridan (youth programming expert, USA) and Tara M. McGowan (Japan scholar and kamishibai performer, USA). 

2:40 p.m. - Visuals, Interactions, and Agentive Children. Speakers: Cristina Aliagas (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain), Tongwei Qi (Hangzhou Dianzi University, China), Junnan Zhou & Chien-Ju Chang (National Taiwan Normal University), Shiming Chen (Xiamen City University, China), and Deborah Stevenson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA).

June 16, 2018
11:00 a.m. - Viewing of Chinese treasures in the collection of the Cotsen Children's Library.