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Hosting the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture

As many know, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), a library of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be hosting the 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture on April 13, at which Dr. Debbie Reese will deliver her paper “An Indigenous Critique of Whiteness in Children’s Literature.”

We at the CCBC are very much looking forward to this event and have been busy preparing for it along with our co-hosts UW-Madison’s School of Information (iSchool) and the School of Education. These departments serve pre-service librarians and educators, respectively, an audience we hope to draw to the lecture. We also greatly appreciate the generous support of the Friends of the CCBC, and, not least, the Ho-Chunk Nation, who will be hosting the reception following the lecture.

The planning committee has been working to create a day and evening that will offer meaningful engagement. Attendees have had the opportunity to sign up for a First Nations Cultural Landscape Tour of the UW-Madison campus, which offers insight into the Indigenous history of the land on which our campus is located. Dr. Reese will have the opportunity to meet with Native students and community members, and will be honored at a lunch catered by Oneida chef Dan Cornelius, manager of the Native Food Network. At the start of what promises to be an insightful evening lecture, there will be a formal welcome for Dr. Reese from the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Although tickets for the lecture have all been claimed, you may join the waitlist if you want to see about attending the event in person. Otherwise, the lecture will be livestreamed. We’re still working out details of where to go to watch, but we’ll post it on the event page ( as soon as we have it worked out.

The 2020 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture will be delivered by Neil Gaiman. ALSC is now accepting applications from potential host sites here:

Madeline Tyner is a librarian and works at the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Madeline wrote this post as a member of the ALSC Membership committee.

This post addresses ALSC Core Competency VII, Professionalism and Professional Development.

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