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Sunday, November 22 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Literature or Propaganda? How Children's Authors Write about the Arab-Israeli Conflict

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Children’s author Marjorie Gann will compare how authors from different interest groups (Jewish, Arab, and outside the invested communities) depict the history of the conflict and the lives of Jews and Arabs in Israel and the West Bank. Drawing on personal interviews with children’s writers in Canada and Israel, Marjorie will evaluate authors’ goals and research methods. Do they simply set out to tell a story, or is their purpose to educate or even indoctrinate young readers? Do they contextualize the horrors they depict, or cherry-pick incidents to make a political statement? Finally, how does this literature compare with other socially-engaged children’s books in Canada and the United States, from the mid-twentieth century to now? What comes first – literature or ideology?

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Marjorie Gann

Marjorie Gann is a Canadian author of non-fiction books for middle grade and young adult readers. Her two most recent books, co-authored with Janet Willen, concern the themes of slavery and abolition.  Five Thousand Years of Slavery, recognized as a 2012 Notable Book for a Global... Read More →

Sunday November 22, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Zoom Room H