The Great Depression in Children's Literature: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Mildred Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

deadline for submissions: 
September 23, 2016
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Cambridge/Homerton Research & Teaching Centre for Children’s Literature, Cambridge University (UK)
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Registration now open for a symposium at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

Dates: Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th September 2016

Keynote speakers: Michelle Martin, University of Washington, and Gabrielle Cliff-Hodges, University of Cambridge

Published in 1976, Mildred Taylor's best-known work Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry continues to be highly celebrated and challenged. A Newbury Award Winner, appearing in school curricula in both the US and UK, Roll of Thunder also appears on the infamous 'banned books' lists. Taylor's work has been discussed by a range of academics in education and literary research, and this symposium will explore multiple strands of thought and dialogue on this landmark text and related themes and issues in children’s literature.

Day Two of the symposium will focus on educational issues, bringing together researchers with teachers, trainees and other practitioners to share ideas about Roll of Thunder and children’s literature more generally.

Contact Sarah Hardstaff at or Dawn Sardella-Ayres at

See the symposium webpage here for further details and booking: