Lois Lenski Children's Literature Lecture Series

The Lois Lenski Children's Literature Lecture Series was instituted in 1994 to honor children's author Lois Lenski, who gave so generously of her time and her papers to the students of Illinois State University. Co-sponsored by Milner Library and the Department of English, the lecture is addressed annually to members of the local and university communities.

Past lectures have included:

1994Nurseries Without Walls: Maurice Sendak's We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy
George Bodmer
Indiana University-Northwest

1995Frances Hodgson Burnett and Katherine Paterson Within an Historical Age
Nancy Huse
Augustana College

1996Adapting Books to Films: What is Noteworthy in Disney's Bambi
Jill P. May
Purdue University

1997Drawn from Life: Lenski and Lovelace
Louisa Smith
Mankato State University

1998African-American Children's Literature: Back to the Future
Violet J. Harris
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1999What Makes A Children's Classic: Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden as Case Study
Phyllis Bixler
Southwest Missouri State University

2000Consuming Passions: The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary Picture Books
Lissa Paul
University of New Brunswick

2001Who Stole The Wizard of Oz: L. Frank Baum and American Children's Literature
Joel D. Chaston
Southwest Missouri State University

2002Words into Pictures
Eric Rohmann
Caldecott Honor Book Award Winner
Illinois State University Alumni


Consolation Prize: Why Children's Poetry is Merely Funny, Therapeutic, or Utilitarian, and What We Might Do To Save It
Richard Flynn
Georgia Southern University

2004 The Curious History of the Study of Children's Literature, or, How Did We Get Here? What Are We Doing Here? and Where Should We Go Now?
Peter Hunt
University of Wales - Cardiff


The Mythology of the Antique: Medievalism in Australian Children's Books
Valerie Krips
University of Pittsburgh

2006 And Now a Major Motion Picture: The Translation of Children's Literature into Film
Betsy Hearne
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



--Roslyn Wylie

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