Social Justice Writing for Children and Teens: Conference at York on March 19, 2010

The Children’s Studies Program, Department of Humanities, presents: “Another World is Possible: A one day conference on social justice writing for children and teens” on Friday, March 19 in the McLaughlin Junior Common Room (014 McLaughlin College)

10-11:15am

Writing about the Past in the Present
Kathy Kacer, Celia Lottridge, Kathleen McDonnell

Writing about how young people in the past took an active role in making history is the focus of this panel discussion. Kathleen McDonnell will be talking about the Children’s Crusade of 1212, Celia Lottridge about a remarkable journey undertaken by children in a refugee camp in Persia just after the First World War and Kathy Kacer about creating connections through fiction to the Holocaust.

11:30-12:45

Tackling Contemporary Politics
Rukhsana Khan, Sharon McKay and Allan Stratton

How do writers tackle difficult political issues and make them relevant to young readers? Writers Sharon McKay and Allan Stratton have both written about child soldiers in Africa in their novels; Rukhsana Khan has explored the lives of Afghani girls after the fall of the Taliban; Stratton has also tackled the plight of children whose lives have been disrupted by HIV/AIDS.

Lunch

2-3:30pm

Roundtable Discussion: Another World is Possible

How does the fiction that these writers create empower their readers? Does this kind of literature inspire these young people to be better citizens?

3:30pm-5pm

Launch for Carole Carpenter and Femida Handy’s picture book, Sandy’s Incredible Shrinking Footprint (Second Story Press).

Please RSVP :
Contact Jeffrey Canton, Conference Coordinator at jcanton@yorku.ca if you are planning on attending so we can make the appropriate arrangements for lunch; the conference itself is free but we are charging $10.00 for non-York attendees.