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Sept. 30: Children's Literature Panel

Friday, September 30, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—The future of children’s literature in today’s fast-paced and increasingly technological society will be the topic of a panel discussion and film Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall at Hood College.

“Beyond Hogwarts: The Art of Children’s Literature” is part of the college’s annual Center for the Humanities colloquium series, which is funded in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant.

Director Edward J. Delaney will present his prize-winning documentary “Library of the Early Mind,” which focuses on the significance of children’s literature in modern culture. He will participate in the panel discussion along with Edith M. Hemingway, award-winning author of two works of historical fiction and the middle school-level novel “Road to Tater Hill”; Susan Detwiler, children’s book illustrator; and Julie Dietzel-Gair, children’s librarian and a 2011 Newbery Medal judge. They will discuss the impact of children’s literature on children, adults and contemporary culture.

Future colloquium events include a lecture Oct. 13 by Martin Foys, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Drew University in Madison, N.J., who will discuss the diverse technological practices used to communicate and exchange information in medieval society; and a poetry reading Nov. 14 by Terrance Hayes, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry and professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The series, which this year is themed “The Book: From Print to the Digital Age,” will explore the past, present and future of the book, along with the numerous cultural changes it has weathered during its 2,000-year history.

The Hood College Center for the Humanities was founded in 1990 by a group of faculty members from the humanities departments at Hood—art, English, foreign languages, history and political science, music, philosophy and religion. During its more than 20-year existence, the Center for the Humanities has presented lectures, symposia, film series, concerts, poetry readings and colloquia. In 1999, Hood was the recipient of a major challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which helps provide for an annual lecture series and an NEH visiting scholar.

For more information, contact Rebecca Prime, Ph.D., Sophia M. Libman NEH Professor of the Humanities, at