Not Just for Kids – How Children’s Literature Can Inspire Bold Conversations
Speaker: Anu Taranath
Date: Tuesday, April 2
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Seattle- Othello (just East of the Link Light Rail Station)
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Children’s literature sparks the imaginations of young people and can provide warmth and comfort. But books like these can also inspire adults— helping us to imagine ourselves in a new way and think about identity, race, and society from a new perspective. In this talk, University of Washington professor Anu Taranath will showcase children’s books from around the world as well as diverse communities in the US, and invites audiences to take a closer look at the power of the printed page. She suggests that adults too might learn some new lessons about ourselves, and how we might navigate our complicated world. Within these seemingly simple children’s stories are important messages about how we adults think about our differences, and importantly, how we might rethink our similarities.
Dr. Anu has been teaching at the University of Washington since 2000, focusing on global literatures, identity, migration, race, sexuality, colonialism, feminism and inclusive pedagogy. The author of various resources on identity, social justice, curriculum and compassion, her approach transforms elite academic scholarship into accessible and engaging dialogues. Dr. Anu has been honored with accolades and awards including Seattle Weekly’s “Best of Seattle” designation, University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award, multiple US Fulbright Scholar Grants including a spot on the Fulbright Specialist Roster, and the University of California President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship. A popular speaker, Dr. Anu is serving her third term as a member of Humanities Washington’s state-wide Speakers Bureau. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Anu and A.T. Consulting: dialogues for justice have had broad impact by teaching more than 5000 students, offering public presentations at over 125 libraries, literary festivals and community organizations, collaborating with social change agents and innovative thinkers in 10 countries, designing and delivering workshops for more than 75 clients, and engaging with more than 10,000 participants.
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