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Not Just for Kids: How Children’s Literature Inspires Bold Conversations

Posted on April 4, 2018 at 6:00 am

Children’s books such as Curious George and Goodnight Moon are often beloved by children, sparking their imaginations and providing warmth and comfort. But books like these can also inspire adults—helping us to imagine ourselves in a new way and think about society from a new perspective.

In this talk, University of Washington lecturer Anu Taranath will showcase children’s books from around the world as well as diverse communities in the U.S. Within these seemingly simple stories are important messages about how we think about our differences and, importantly, how we, both children and adults, might rethink our similarities.

Anu Taranath is a senior lecturer at the University of Washington specializing in global literature, identity, race, and equity. She is the recipient of University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award and multiple national Fulbright awards and fellowships.

Tuesday, Apr 17, 6:30–7:30pm

Wednesday, Apr 18, 7–8pm

This program is part of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau series.

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