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Updated montly, this section will detail conference presentations, publications, and other research activity by CCB Affiliates.
CCB Director and BCCB Editor Deborah Stevenson will attend the ALA annual meeting in Chicago, including the preconference “A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal” on Friday, June 28, where she will co-host a breakout session on “Serving on the Caldecott Committee.”
GSLIS Associate Professor Christine Jenkins will attend the ALA annual conference in Chicago, including the Caldecott Medal 75th anniversary preconference on June 28, for which she will lead “The Caldecott Medal and Social Issues,” a breakout session.
GSLIS Assistant Professor Carol Tilley will appear on WILL-AM’s “Focus 580” program on May 15 alongside Josh Elder of the organization Reading with Pictures to discuss comics, libraries, and education. Tilley’s blog post on Chicago Public Schools and Persepolis was published on the blog of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund recently, marking the beginning of an ongoing writing partnership on issues related to comics in libraries. She was also recently interviewed in a piece on ComicStoryworld about her research on Frederic Wertham.
Tilley will also have a chapter called “Comics in the Classroom: Using Comics in Language Arts Classrooms in the 1930s and 1940s” published in May in the book Graphic Novels in the Classroom: Essays on the Educational Power of Sequential Art, edited by Carrye Kay Syma and Robert G. Weiner and published by McFarland. Tilley will also headline a program at the ALA annual conference in June called “Busting the Comics Code: Comics, Censorship, and Librarians.”
GSLIS Assistant Professor Kate McDowell has received recommendation for promotion to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure, effective August 16, 2013.
CCB Outreach and Communications Coordinator Tad Andracki will present his paper "Playing with Everything: Childhoods, Biopower, and Animacy in The Brave Little Toaster" at the Children's Literature Association Conference in Biloxi, June 13-15.
The CCB maintains a list of current and recent doctoral students at GSLIS and elsewhere at the University of Illinois whose research relates to youth services or children's literature. See what kinds of work is being done on our doctoral student research page.
The Youth, Literature, & Culture group (YLC) is an interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty and doctoral students from the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, and Eastern Illinois University.
In formal existence since 2004, this group brings together faculty and doctoral students who share a scholarly interest in children’s and young adult literature and media. We represent various disciplines, including Education, English, History, Library and Information Science, and meet monthly to discuss research on young people, texts, and cultural contexts. We also participate in the annual GSLIS Research Showcase, and host the Gryphon Lecture, an annual lecture featuring a leading scholar of youth and literature, media, or culture.
The Gryphon Lecture series is hosted every spring semester by the Center for Children's Books and features a leading scholar in the field of youth literature. It is an event developed to hold relevance across disciplines at the University. These lectures are free and open to students and the public. A reception to discuss issues raised, network across departments, and meet with the speaker follows each lecture. Visit our Gryphon Lecture archives for a list of previous speakers and audio.
Archived information about previous conferences, presentations, and research profiles is kept in our research archives.