The 28th Annual Virginia Hamilton Conference
The Virginia Hamilton Conference is the longest-running event in the United States to focus exclusively on multicultural literature for children and young adults.
Honoring author Virginia Hamilton, the conference reflects a commitment to promoting cultural awareness and affirming cultural pride while addressing the array of issues which surround the concept of culture. The conference is held each April at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
2012 Virginia Hamilton Conference (link to official conference website)
The 28th Annual Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth
"Celebrate Diversity: Sharing Our Stories"
The 28th Annual Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth will be held on Thursday, April 12, & Friday, April 13, 2012, at the Kent State University Student Center. The conference provides a forum for discussion of multicultural themes and issues in literature for children and young adults."Celebrate Diversity: Sharing Our Stories" is the theme for this year's conference, which will feature the remarkable Alma Flor Ada, creative Lisa Yee and an amazing illustrator, E. B. Lewis. The Virginia Hamilton Conference is pleased to be a forum that brings together renowned national and local writers, illustrators, librarians, teachers, students and scholars and showcases some of the country's top talents in multicultural literature for youth. The Thursday, April 12, evening program includes a keynote address by the 14th Annual Virginia Hamilton Literary Award winner Alma Flor Ada, followed by a multicultural storytelling performance. Friday, April 13, features keynote addresses by E. B. Lewis along with a variety of local and national speakers. Friday's conference agenda will again include a "conversation" session with the three featured presenters