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Rewriting the Narrative In a World With No Fairy Tale Endings: J. Woodson At Teachers College #JACBA Newsletter 26May2017
Newsletter / May 27, 2017

Rewriting the Narrative: At TC’s first master’s degree ceremony, a focus on civic education as an antidote to a world with no fairytale endings Speaking after Fuhrman, the National Book Award-winning writer Jacqueline Woodson – author of the memoir-in-verse Brown Girl Dreaming, the novels Locomotion and Feathers, and other titles for young adults and children – remarked on the moment in children’s literature when “the stories change to tales where there is no longer a happy ending” and where suddenly “no perfectly fitted glass slipper brings about a happily ever after, no straw spun to gold defeats Rumpelstiltskin, no pea beneath a mattress ends in some hetero-normative, very white world of marriage and Queendom.” NO GLASS SLIPPER Woodson spoke of the need to prepare young people to work for change in a world with no fairy-tale endings. Woodson recalled a school appearance at which she read the bittersweet ending to one of her books, only to have a third grade boy stand up, enraged, and tell her that the characters were supposed to become friends. “You will face again and again the enraged boy who doesn’t think the story should end this way,” she told graduates. “And you will agree…

Jane Addams Author, Margarita Engle Named Young People’s Poet Laureate #JACBA Newsletter 19May2017
Newsletter / May 20, 2017

Margarita Engle Named Young People’s Poet Laureate The Poetry Foundation is honored to announce that Margarita Engle has been named the Young People’s Poet Laureate. Awarded every two years, the laureate title is given to a living writer in recognition of a career devoted to writing exceptional poetry for young readers. “Margarita Engle’s passion, knowledge of nature, and curiosity about the world make her work fascinating to children and adults alike,” says Henry Bienen, president of the Poetry Foundation. “We are delighted that Ms. Engle has accepted the position of Young People’s Poet Laureate and will now be a greater part of the Poetry Foundation community.” Read More Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle 2015 Awardee The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle 2009 Awardee Cinco de Mayo: Books that demonstrate the contributions of a talented, hardworking people This day, let America affirm the presence of Mexican-Americans – a people whose influence can be felt throughout the United States. Their contributions are many and are inspired by the possibilities of innovative expression in American arts. Therefore, with much appreciation and veneration, let America stand and salute Matt de la Pena, Margarita…

Necessary New Exhibition Highlights the Activism of Black Female Artists #JACBA Newsletter 12May2017
Newsletter / May 13, 2017

This Necessary New Exhibition Highlights the Activism of Black Female Artists Q: Faith Ringgold is a cornerstone of the exhibition-several of her works appear, including ‘For the Women’s House.’ Can you talk about her role in and impact on black feminism? A: Beyond her incredible work and long career, one of the reasons for her strong presence in We Wanted a Revolution is her simultaneous commitment to art, feminism, and social justice. Ringgold is one of the few artists included in the exhibition who aligned herself with the mainstream feminist movement, though she, like other black women, often found it lacking, and identified more pointedly as a black feminist. For the Women’s House incorporates suggestions offered to Ringgold by the incarcerated women. It imagines a series of positive female role models of all races and economic backgrounds, including the first female president, professional women basketball players, and women working as doctors, engineers, and bus drivers, among other vocations not always open to women at the time-and still. Read More Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold 1993 Awardee Bicentennial commencement features music, history, awards During the ceremony, the university honored 10 alumni with Bicentennial Alumni Awards. The…

Remembering the Jewish Holocaust and Armenian Genocide: Never Again for Anyone, Anywhere #JACBA Newsletter 5May2017
Newsletter / May 6, 2017

Holocaust Remembrance Day reminds us that vigilance must be constant Many of our schoolchildren read about the Holocaust in books like Lois Lowry’s “Number the Stars,” Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl” and Elie Wiesel’s “Night.” We’re generations away from the Holocaust now, and that distance may be muting the horror for those whose family members weren’t touched by it. We cannot allow this to happen. Forgetting has terrible consequences. “The impact of direct education from survivors is huge,” Miriam Baumgartner of the Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster, told LNP. “Putting teenagers in a room with a survivor – there is no experience like it. And it doesn’t happen very much anymore.” Read More Number the Stars written by Lois Lowry 1990 Awardee Remembering the Armenian Genocide Through Survivor Memoirs and Historical Novels A growing number of Diaspora writers sought to explore their roots and tell of their fellow Armenians’ tragic fate. David Kherdian outlines his mother’s life in The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl (1979). The different generations of memoirs and historical novels on the Armenian Genocide reveal the ongoing suffering of Armenians throughout the world. The genocide has become a key defining…