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The Legacy of Ashley Bryan: A Symposium

In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Beautiful Blackbird: The Creative Spirit of Ashley Bryan, this symposium will bring together a range of speakers to reflect on Bryan's legacy as an artist, teacher, children's book author, and illustrator.

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April 6-7, 2023
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Hybrid event: Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor; and on Zoom
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Open to the Public

Hosted by: Kislak Center

Ashley Bryan

In conjunction with the opening of Beautiful Blackbird: The Creative Spirit of Ashley Bryan, this symposium will bring together a range of speakers to reflect on Ashley Bryan's legacy as an artist, teacher, children's book author and illustrator, and citizen of the world, while looking at how his legacy is being moved forward by those inspired and mentored by him.

On Thursday, April 6, celebrate the official opening of the exhibition with a tour led by curator Lynne Farrington, followed by a keynote address by award-winning illustrator, artist, and author Javaka Steptoe.

On Friday, April 7, join us for a full day of panel discussions exploring the following topics: 

  • The work of contemporary Black artists, authors, and illustrators who knew and were influenced by Ashley Bryan; 
  • The importance of storytelling through eye and ear; 
  • Current efforts to create, publish, and disseminate inclusive children's literature in the 21st century; 
  • Educating a new generation in diversity and cultural heritage. 

Details and Registration

Registration for the symposium is free and open to the public. The program will be held in person with an option to join virtually. Please register for each day separately and select a virtual or in-person option.

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Schedule

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Friday, April 7, 2023

Accordion List

Confirmed speakers for the symposium include: 

Featured image: Ashley Bryan, photograph taken in Germany while studying as a Fulbright scholar, 1957 (Ashley Bryan Papers, Ms. Coll. 1439.34.30).