Department of English at Illinois State University

Lois Lenski Lecture 2011

On March 28, 2011, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Schroeder Hall 138, Dr. Fern Kory of Eastern Illinois University will present this year's Lois Lenski Lecture, “Crisis & Opportunity: The Challenge of African American Youth Literature”

Dr. Kory’s lecture will focus on key moments and figures in the history of African American youth literature to illustrate the challenges faced by African American writers and artists during those complex times of crisis and opportunity in the 1920s, 1940s and 1960s, and to suggest points of entry into contemporary discussions of "multicultural" American youth literature, including the lively debate over identity-focused awards like the Coretta Scott King.

The Lois Lenski Children's Literature Lecture Series was instituted in 1994 to honor children's author Lois Lenski, who gave so generously of her time and her papers to the students of Illinois State University. Co-sponsored by Milner Library and the Department of English, the lecture is addressed annually to members of the local and university communities.

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Dr. Fern Kory