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For Kids & Teens
Events specifically geared toward elementary and middle school students.
Tackling History: Historians vs. Journalists
Nancy Kennedy and Tim Grove explore the wide world of fact vs. fiction and what it means to be a journalist and a historian.
The Extraordinary Educational Journey of Frederick Douglass
Shana Keller tells the story of how Frederick Douglass taught himself to read and write. She then invites students to try learning letters in a new language just like Douglass—with a downloadable worksheet.
Tips and Tricks for Compelling Creative Writing with L.M. Elliott
L.M. Elliott advises students on best practices for producing compelling, realistic writing and leads a creative writing exercise.
Jayla Jumps In: Community and Double Dutch
Joy Jones teaches the importance of group sports and collaboration. Students will have the opportunity to learn new Double Dutch moves and try other creativity-building activities.
It's About to Get Real: High School, Heartache, and Searching for Home
Four young adult fiction authors discuss how they tackled the themes of problems in love, school, and life in their novels.
In-depth explorations of fascinating events in history, best suited for high school students.
The Culture of Calamity with Cynthia Kierner
Cynthia Kierner explores how communities from Jamestown to Johnstown reacted when faced with epidemics, earthquakes, and other disasters.
Unmasking the "Angel of Death" with David Marwell
David Marwell's biography of Josef Mengele cuts through layers of myth to examine the man who came to represent the horrors of the Nazi death camps.
Black Lives in America's History, Literature, and Present Day Culture with Keith Clark and Karla Slocum
Karla Slocum explores historically black communities, and Keith Clark analyzes the themes of Ernest Gaines’ literature through the lens of 21st century America.
Halloween Special: The Curious and Chilling History of Shapeshifters
John Kachuba discusses the folklore behind the things that bump, hiss, and howl in the night, from vampires to werewolves and other form-shifting creatures.
The Missing Soldiers of the Vietnam War: Conversations with Sarah Wagner
Sarah Wagner explores the stories of the nearly 1,600 American soldiers who went missing in the Vietnam War and the families and friends who still search for them.
Influential writers exploring big topics. Best suited for high school students or advanced middle school students.