Gryphon Lectures

The Gryphon Lecture series is hosted every spring semester by the Center for Children's Books and features a leading scholar in the field of youth and literature, media, and culture. Gryphon Lectures are free and open to students and the public. A reception to discuss issues raised, network across departments, and meet with the speaker follows each lecture. Illinois educators are eligible to receive CPDU recognition for participation.

"The Forever Fandom of Harry Potter: Fan Fiction, Festivals, and Charitable Works"
Presented by Marianne Martens (MS '06),  iSchool Research Fellow and Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, Kent State University
Slides with audio | Recorded 3/2/18

"Check the Rhyme: Harnessing Hip Hop’s Enduring Literacies with Teens Through Libraries"
Presented by Kafi D. Kumasi, iSchool Research Fellow and Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Wayne State University
Audio | Recorded 4/28/17

"The True Story of Teens, Social Media, and Libraries: Using Teen-Centered Research to Break Down Pervasive Stereotypes"
Presented by Denise Agosto, Professor, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University
Slides with audio | Recorded 3/11/16


"Research on Children, Youth and Media: Applications for LIS Education and Practice"
Presented by Rebekah Willett, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Audio | Recorded 3/6/15

"Augusta Baker and the Art of Storytelling: Gateway to Children's Literacy and Literature"
Presented by Michelle H. Martin, GSLIS Research Fellow and the inaugural Augusta Baker Endowed Chair of Childhood Literacy, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina
Audio | Recorded 2/28/14

"Paradoxically Speaking: Just One of the Ways Children's Folktales Engage Listeners"
Presented by Dr. Brian Sturm, Associate Professor, Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Slides | Audio | Recorded 3/1/13

"Grounding our Perspectives on Children's Literature"
Presented by Dr. Margaret Mackey, Professor, School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta
Audio | Recorded 3/1/12

"Books Build Better Brains: Wanderings at the Intersection of Children's Literature and Early Brain Development"
Presented by Dr. Dipesh Navsaria (MS '04), pediatrician at Madison's American Family Children's Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin's School of Medicine and Public Health
Audio | Recorded 3/4/11

"Children's Search Experiences in the Age of Google, Today and Tomorrow"
Presented by Dr. Allison Druin, director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) and associate professor in the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies
Audio | Recorded 3/5/10

"What's So Funny About Children's Literature?"
Presented by Dr. Karen Coats, director of English Education at Illinois State University and current reviewer for The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Audio | Recorded 3/6/09

" 'Because really they only have a few books I like...' Why Reading Teens Don't Use Libraries"
Presented by Dr. Lynne McKechnie, Beverly Cleary Professor in Services and Literature for Youth at the Information School at the University of Washington and Professor at the Faculty for Information & Media Studies, University of Western Ontario
Audio | Recorded 3/1/08

"Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
Presented by Roger Sutton, editor-in-chief of The Horn Book Magazine, former editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.
Audio | Recorded 3/2/07

"Stony the Road We Trod: African American Children's Literature, Stories of a People's Journey"
Presented by Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, faculty emeritus, School of Teaching and Learning, Ohio State University
Audio | Recorded 2/23/06

"Becoming What You Eat: Identifying with Food in Children's Picture Books"
Presented by Perry Nodelman, professor of English at the University of Winnipeg