Post-Charlottesville: Why Do Diverse Books Matter?
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Please be with us October 19th when Jane Gangi, Division of Education, and Rachel Collymore, Kappa Delta Pi, will present Post-Charlottesville: Why Do Diverse Books Matter?.
On Saturday, August 12, 2017 white nationalists, Ku Klux Klan members, and neo-Nazis marched on the University of Virginia, killing Heather Heyer and injuring nineteen others. Trying to control the crowd, two state police officers were also killed in a helicopter crash. Valuing and engaging with diverse books in and out of schools can become part of the response to hate speech and groups.
To develop healthy identities and become proficient readers, children must see themselves in books. All children need both "mirror" and "window" books--books in which they see themselves and books in which they learn about cultures beyond their own. In this talk, it will be considered what can happen when White children may not have the opportunities for window books beyond their own.
Jane M. Gangi, PhD, is a professor of education at the Mount, where she is starting her sixth year. She belongs to the Collaborative for Equity in Literacy Learning at the Mount, a group that has worked on equity issues but regionally and nationally. She is the author of three books: Genocide in Contemporary Children's Literature: Cambodia to Darfut (2014), Encountering Children's Literature: An Arts Approach (2004), and, with Mary Ann Reilly and Rob Cohen, Deepening Literacy Learning (2010). She has written dozens of articles, including "The Unbearable Whiteness of Literacy Instruction."
Rachel Collymore is a History major at MSMC. She is also minoring in Psychology and working towards a dual certification for childhood education and special education. She is currently the president of Kappa Delta Pi, the international education honor society.
Post-Charlottesville: Why Do Diverse Books Matter? will take place in Kaplan Library Room 218 of the Dominican Center. This event has been approved FYE credit as College Connection. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!
For more information about this or any of the iROC presentations, or to volunteer as or recommend an iROC speaker, please contact the coordinators of the iROC program - Dr. Evan Merkhofer, Assistant Professor of Biology, 845-569-3368, firstname.lastname@example.org or Jen Park, Assistant Librarian for Access and Outreach Services, 845-569-3546, email@example.com.