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Towards More Inclusive Children's Literature: Combating Antisemitism

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Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 7:00pm

Virtual Event

Presented by Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU and the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab sponsored by Humanities Edge and the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program.

This hour-long program is dedicated to promoting more inclusive children’s literature, with an eye to combatting antisemitism in this broader genre. It features three distinguished speakers, David Perry, who will largely address his recent op-ed/article “Why I hope my kids never read Roald Dahl”; Rachel Conrad, who will address the whitewashing of Anne Frank’s memoirs and the need to value and highlight children’s voices and lived experiences as writers; and Ruth Behar, who will discuss the premise of her new children’s book Tía Fortuna's New Home: A Jewish Cuban Journey.

Panelists will speak to the broader issue of inclusive children’s literature by drawing attention to Roald Dahl’s antisemitism, highlighting children’s voices and experiences (particularly through the lens of Anne Frank), and offering new and alternative voices to the Jewish lived experience.

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