University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
The 2018 Sarah Marwil Lamstein Children’s Literature Lecture will feature Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, a children’s literature scholar in the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education’s Division of Literacy, Culture, and International Education. Her lecture will take place April 12 at 5pm in the Helmut Stern Auditorium in the Museum of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Dr. Thomas received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan’s Joint Program in English and Education in 2010.
Dr. Thomas’s program of research is most keenly focused on children’s and adolescent texts (broadly construed), the teaching of African American literature, history, and culture in K-12 classrooms, and the roles that race, class, and gender play in classroom discourse and interaction. She is also conducting empirical, digital, and archival research for two monographs: a critical volume about the ways that children and teens of color are represented in early 21st century speculative fiction, comics, and multimedia, and a pedagogical volume about how to wrestle with traumatic historical events such as slavery in the teaching of literature.
Her book: The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination in Youth Literature, Media, and Culture is forthcoming from New York University Press.
The Sarah Marwil Lamstein Children’s Literature Lecture is an endowment by her husband Joel Lamstein to the English Department of the University of Michigan. The faculty of the English Department and the Creative Writing Program select the Lamstein lecturers.
Past Lamstein Lecturers have been Christopher Paul Curtis, Cynthia Kadohata, Daniel Handler, Chris Van Allsburg, Lois Lowry, Jennifer Holm, Erin and Philip C. Stead, Gary D. Schmidt, Norton Juster, and R.J. Palacio.