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Latino literacy festival

USC celebrates Latino literacy

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An award-winning Latino children’s author and activist, a social justice advocate and a literacy expert will lead this year’s Latino Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Literacies Conference at the University of South Carolina.

The university’s department of instruction and teacher education in the College of Education will host the two-day conference, set to begin Friday, Sept. 28, at the Darla Moore School of Business on the USC campus.

The thrust of the conference will be current research on the education of Latino children, their families and how Latino children and adults are depicted in literature. Speakers will offer perspectives and ideas about how to serve this rapidly growing population in the United States.

The conference opens at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, with speaker Augustine Romero, a Tucson Unified School District administrator who appeared in the documentary “Precious Knowledge” and researches the impact of race and racism on youth.

Donaldo Macedo, a Cape Verdean-American critical theorist, linguist and expert on literacy and education studies, will discuss the role of class and race in literacy development. Macedo, an English professor and Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston, has published extensively on linguistics, bilingual education and multicultural education.

Award winning author-artist-activist Maya Christina González will present an Evening of Cuentos (short stories)at 6:30 p.m. at Horrell Hill Elementary School in Richland School District One. The event is open to the public, and all children attending the evening storytelling session will receive one of González’s books.

The conference schedule is available online at

Julia López-Robertson, associate education professor and conference director, said the last Latino Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Literacies Conference held at USC was in 2009. Plans call for the conference to become an annual event.

“While we are still celebrating children’s literature, the conference focus has changed to include Latino young adult literature and Latino literacies. The change is meant to include all children, from birth to young adulthood, and also to include the multiple methods that people use to create and share their understanding of the world,” López-Robertson said. “It is not limited to books but includes storytelling, music, dance and movement. In the past, the focus on children’s literature inadvertently signaled that there was no interest in young adult literature, which wasn’t the case. Including this reference in the title makes it explicit.”

For more information about the year’s Latino Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Literacies Conference, contact Julia López-Robertson,



Posted: 09/25/12 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 09/25/12 @ 5:34 PM | Permalink



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