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Spotlight: Surviving and Thriving: Exploring Children's Narratives

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Spotlight: Surviving and Thriving: Exploring Children's Narratives

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

UNC Charlotte faculty members stake their claim to add to the body of knowledge through research and scholarship. For the second year, faculty authors will be able to share such scholarship and expertise with the community as the University again hosts the Personally Speaking Lecture Series.

Ann González, chair of the Department of Languages and Culture Studies, is the first author for the 2011-12 academic year. Her talk, set for 6:00 PM, Tuesday, Sept. 6, in Atkins Library, will focus on her new book, "Resistance and Survival: Children’s Narrative from Central America and the Caribbean."

In this work, González explores native Central American and Caribbean children’s stories, which she notes are rich with playful yet profound lessons on how to survive – and even thrive – in a world ruled by more powerful figures.

"Children’s literature in Latin America, like any other literature, has subtexts and contexts, and there are a lot of cultural, political and identity issues going on beneath the surface," stated González. "These are messages that the children aren’t explicitly aware of but that over time help them to form their identity."

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During her Personally Speaking talk, González will guide attendees through several narratives, offering her research and insight on a medium that has offered hope to many generations.

UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the J. Murrey Atkins Library cosponsor the Personally Speaking Lecture Series. Four free, public events are planned for the 2011-12 academic year. The lectures are casual events and include hors d’oeuvres and cocktails before and after the discussion. A question-and-answer session with the faculty author is part of the evening, too.

The Sept. 6 event begins with a pre-reception at 6:00 PM; the lecture begins at 6:30 PM, and a post-reception will conclude the evening. González’s featured book will be available for purchase following the lecture.

Seating is limited for this free event, but attendees are encouraged to register by calling 704-687-0085 or emailing clas-event@uncc.edu.