2014 International Children’s and Young Adult Literature Celebration
Saturday, August 16, 2014 | 8:30am to 5:00pm
Venue: Madison Concourse Hotel, Wisconsin Ballroom
1 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI
This one-day workshop is geared towards educators, librarians, students and children’s literature enthusiasts, with an aim to internationalize classrooms and libraries statewide. In 2014 the celebration focused on Muslim Journeys by exploring new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, and cultures of Muslims around the world, through presentations on literature, media, history and social organizations. Two award winning authors presented on their literature while other presenters offered insights and resources for inclusion in building teaching resources on the topic. The program ended with a book signing and reception.
Featuring: Ali Alalou (author), Saideh Jamshidi (peace journalist), Rukhsana Khan (author), and Naheed H. Senzai (author).
This event was sponsored by the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC).
A complete program of the day’s event is now available.
For more information, contact Rachel Weiss at 608.262.9224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured authors were…
Ali Alalou teaches French and applied linguistics at the University of Delaware. Born in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Ali met Elizabeth Alalou while he was teaching at a public school in southern Morocco. They are now married and live with their four children near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Saideh Jamshidi is is an American-Iranian journalist/ entrepreneur. Saideh has worked in print, broadcast, and online media as a writer, producer, chief editor and commentator both in the United States and in Iran. Recently, she founded Goltune News, an online digital news magazine focusing on Muslim women and peace journalism. Saideh has won many national and international awards in journalism. She can speak four languages.
Rukhsana Khan is an award-winning author and storyteller. She was born in Lahore, Pakistan and immigrated to Canada at the age of three. She has twelve books published and other projects under contract. She has appeared on television and radio numerous times, has been featured at international conferences in Denmark, Mexico, India, Singapore, Italy, and South Africa, and has presented all across Canada and the U.S. She tells tales of India, Persia, the Middle East, as well as her own stories. She has four grown children (three girls and a boy) and nine grandchildren. She lives in Toronto with her husband and family. Rukhsana is a member of SCBWI, The Writers Union of Canada, and Storytelling Toronto. Visit her online rukhsanakhan.com.
Presentation – King for a Day: Teacher’s Guide for Grades K-3
N.H. Senzai is the author of award winning Shooting Kabul, chosen by the Asian Pacific Librarians Association as their Young Adult Literature winner and an NPR’s Backseat Book Club pick, and its companion novel Saving Kabul Corner. She spent her childhood in San Francisco, Jubail, Saudi Arabia and attended high school in London, England where she was voted “most likely to read a literary revolution” due to her ability to get away with reading comic books in class. Today Ms. Senzai lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their son. Her upcoming novel is Partition Junction (Fall 2015). Visit her online nhsenzai.com.
Additional resources from presenters:
- Eid literature for children written in the English language
- Exploring more Resources on Muslim Journeys
- Islam in Africa Lesson Plan by Jody Benjamin & Oludamini Ogunnaike, Harvard University
- Muslims on the Move: Spatial and Spiritual Journeys in the Modern Era by Terrence Peterson, UW-Madison: handout & presentation
- Published Works about the Middle East and North Africa by Elsa Marston
- World Muslim Population (map)