2017 Conference Speakers Carmen Deedy Jack Shaheen
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2017 Conference Speakers

Engaging All Readers through Explorations of Literacy, Language & Culture

Author Presentation
Thursday, November 2, 2017
7:30 – 8:30 pm

Carmen Agra Deedy

Carmen Agra Deedy is the author of eleven books for children, including The Library Dragon, The Cheshire Cheese Cat, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, and 14 Cows for America, a New York Times Best-seller. Her personal stories first appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered; funny, insightful, and frequently irreverent, Deedy’s narratives are culled from her childhood as a Cuban refugee in the all-but-sleepy Southern town of Decatur, Georgia. She is also host of the four time Emmy-winning children’s program, Love That Book!

An award-winning author and storyteller, Ms. Deedy is also an accomplished lecturer, having been a guest speaker for both the TED and TEDx Conferences, the Library of Congress, Columbia University, The National Book Festival, Kennedy Center, among other distinguished venues. In the fall of 2016, she opened the Art of the Book Lecture Series, for the Smithsonian Libraries, and was a keynote speaker at the Association of International Baccalaureate Schools of Costa Rica Conference.

A new picture book, The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! (Scholastic Press) was released in January, in both English and Bilingual versions. The Book of Unintended Consequences (Peachtree Publishers), a young adult novel, is scheduled for release in 2018.


General Assembly Keynote Speaker
Friday, November 3, 2017
9:45 – 10:55 am

Dr. Thomas W. Bean

Thomas W. Bean, Ph.D., is a Professor of Literacy and Reading and the Rosanne Keeley Norris Endowed Professor in the Teaching and Learning Department, Darden College of Education, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Tom earned his Ph.D. at Arizona State University and is considered a leading scholar in content area literacy and the intersection of creativity theory, concept learning, and music. His work has been published in the ALAN Review, Reading Research Quarterly, and the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. Along with Co-Author Dr. Judith Dunkerly-Bean, he served as Co-Editor of the International Literacy Association’s Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. Tom is senior author of the widely used text, Content Area Literacy: An Integrated Approach (2017, 11th ed.). He can be contacted at: tbean@odu.edu.


Awards Breakfast Keynote Speaker
Saturday, November 4, 2017
7:45 – 9:50 am

We were saddened to learn that Dr. Jack Shaheen, the Award Keynote Speaker, has recently passed away.  We would like to extend our condolences to his family on his passing.  At this late date, we are unsure if we will be able to offer a Keynote Speaker for the Awards Ceremony.  We will keep the membership posted.

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