To reflect this year's ChLA conference theme of Revolt, Rebellion, Protest: Change and Insurrection in Children's Literature, we are seeking five panelists to participate in a roundtable discussion of Teaching Controversial Children's and YA Literature. Potential topics could include personal experiences with censorship, such as being a part of a book challenge committee; approaches to teaching provocative books; overcoming student resistance to specific books because of subject matter; dealing with lack of departmental support for teaching certain controversial texts; successful discussions of censorship in the classroom; hosting Banned Books Week events at your school, etc.
All conference attendees are invited to participate in the event, but if you are interested in being considered as one of our five roundtable discussants, please email to me a brief description of your interest and expertise in Teaching Controversial Children's and YA Literature.
Please note that this year the syllabus exchange will be a post-conference breakfast meeting on Sunday, June 26th, 2011.
Dr. Jennifer M. Miskec, Assistant Professor of Children's and Young Adult Literature English Graduate Program Coordinator Director, Children's Literature Minor Department of English and Modern Languages http://www.longwood.edu/staff/miskecjm/