An All-Day Cultural Event: Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
The Clarke Historical Library, in partnership with the CMU Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (FLLC), the CMU Department of English Language and Literature (ELL), and the English Language Institute (ELI), is hosting a full day of readings and studies of children's books from around the world. The Clarke holds thousands of children's books in over 40 languages from nearly 60 countries and this event gives everyone a chance to hear some of those books read in the language in which they are written.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Park Library - Baber Room
Small-Group Readings with Students from the English Language Institute
Students will read in their native language and will also read in English to work on their spoken proficiency.
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Park Library - Baber Room
Readings of Children's Books from Around the World
Ten CMU students from around the world will read a children's book in their native language and provide the audience with a summary in English and cultural context about the book. Languages include Arabic, Chinese, English, Hindi, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Telugu.
3:15 pm - 5:15 pm: Park Library - Baber Room
Large-Group Readings with Students from the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Students in French, German, and Spanish will read a children's book in the language they study and provide the audience with a summary in English as well as how their studies in foreign languages helped them to analyze the book.
7:00 pm: Park Library Auditorium
Panel Discussion: "Reading as a Citizen of the World: Cultural Transmission and Intercultural Dialogs in
Children's and Young Adult Literature"
Children's books provide an excellent tool for exploring our own cultures and the cultures of others. This panel, moderated by Professor Amy Ransom (Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) and featuring Professors Anne Alton (English Language and Literature), Carolina Gutierrez-Rivas (FLLC), Gretchen Papazian (ELL), and Daniela Richter (FLLC), will highlight the ways in which children's books explicitly and implicitly address culture. The audience is encouraged to bring questions and comments.
A reception featuring light refreshments will follow the discussion in the Clarke Historical Library.