The Institutes

1987
Robinson Crusoe and his Heirs: Survival and Conquest in Children’s Books
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

1988
The Heroic Ideal in Children’s Books: Legacy and Promise
MIT, Cambridge, MA

1989
Travelers in Time: Past, Present, &; to Come
Newnham College, Cambridge, England

1990
Homecoming
St. Michael’s College, Burlington, VT

1991
Rogues and Rebels: Symbols of Resistance
Williams College, Williamstown, MA

1992
Worlds Apart
Keble College, Oxford, England

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1993
Swords and Ploughshares
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

1994
Image and Word: Patterns of Creativity
Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

1995
Writing the World: Myth as Metaphor
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

1996
Endings and Beginnings: The Shape of Story
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

1997
Looking for The Village: The Child and Community
St. Michael’s College, Burlington, VT

1998
Let the Wild Rumpus Start: Play in Children’s Books
Newnham College, Cambridge, England

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1999
Pathfinders
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

2000
The Green Prehuman Earth
Silver Bay Conference Center, Lake George, NY

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2001
Considering Boundaries
Victoria College, Toronto, Canada

2002
Am I My Brother’s Keeper?
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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2003
What A Gamble Friendship is!
Newnham College, Cambridge, England

2004
The World is All Grown Strange
Williams College, Williamstown, MA

2005
The Fairy Tale Belongs to The Poor
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Cambridge, MA

2006
The Heroic Ideal Revisited
St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT

 Art by Sofia Zarabouka, from O Megalexandros
Art by Sofia Zarabouka, from O Megalexandros

 

 

 

 

 

 


JULY 30 – AUGUST 5, 2006

Children’s Literature New England’s twentieth and culminating annual summer institute was held at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont (outside of Burlington). Participants considered Paul Hazard’s question “How would heroism be kept alive in our aging earth if not by each fresh, young generation that begins anew the epic of the human race.”

Participants heard from an unusually robust roster of speakers gathered to celebrate the anniversary. Speakers and presenters included Rita Auerbach, M. T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Mary Brigid Barrett, Therese Bigelow, Ashley Bryan, Susan Cooper, Emma Dryden, Sarah Ellis, Nikki Giovanni, Virginia Golodetz, Barbara Harrison, Kathleen T. Horning, Kathleen Isaacs, Steven Kellogg, E. L. Konigsberg, Ginny Moore Kruse, Jane Langton, Betty Levin, Joanna Rudge Long, David Macaulay, Patricia MacLachlan, Gregory Maguire, Margaret Mahy, Katherine Paterson, Jill Paton Walsh, Meg Rosoff, Leda Schubert, Barbara Scotto, Suzanne Fisher Staples, Robin Smith, Deborah Taylor, John Rowe Townsend, Martha Walke, Yoko Kawashima Watkins, Tony Watkins, Virginia Euwer Wolff, and Tim Wynne-Jones.