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Free children’s literature lecture offered on Georgia Southern’s Armstrong, Statesboro campuses Oct. 14, 15

Georgia Southern University will host a free children’s literature lecture by law professor and author Jonathan Todres. Todres, who teaches law at Georgia State University, will present “Advancing Human Rights: The Role of Children’s Literature” on the Armstrong and Statesboro Campuses Oct. 14 and 15.

Todres co-authored the book, Human Rights in Children’s Literature, which investigates children’s rights under international law including identity and family rights, the right to be heard, the right to be free from discrimination, and other civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. Todres and fellow author Sarah Higinbotham explore how children can grow to realize their rights and respect the rights of others through children’s literature. 

Human Rights in Children’s Literature makes it clear that books for children can carry significance well beyond feel good stories and supposedly childish simplicity,” said College of Education Professor Scott Beck, Ph.D. “Instead, storybooks and young adult fiction can help us better understand the struggles that children face, how they understand injustice and how they envision a fairer world.” 

Todres will present on the Armstrong Campus on Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Ogeechee Theatre in the Student Union. He will speak on the Statesboro Campus on Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. in the College of Education lecture hall, room 1115. 

The lectures are co-sponsored by Georgia Southern’s Campus Life Enrichment Committee, the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, the College of Education Dean’s Office, and the Departments of Elementary and Special Education, and Middle Grades and Secondary Education, the College of Art and Humanities’ Department of Literature and the Pre-Law Advising Center.


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