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logosThe University of South Carolina, the School of Library and Information Science, and the Carolina Children’s Literature Consortium welcome you to the second US-China Children’s Literature Symposium. This event, co-sponsored by Ocean University in Qingdao, China and the USC Confucius Institute, will feature research presentations by scholars from China, the US and Canada. The first of this series of symposia, took place in May 2012 in Qingdao, China.

The 2012 China-US Symposium, sponsored by Ocean University and Texas A&M University, featured ten Chinese and ten American scholars who presented their research at Ocean University on "The Image of the Child."  This year’s symposium, themed “The Global Child” and showcasing approximately 20 presenters from China and the U.S., seeks to explore the global child and how the relative ease of communication across cultures and countries is currently impacting children’s literature around the world.

Features of this year’s symposium include a dinner cruise with authors on Lake Murray, an evening of Chinese films,  and a banquet with an international flair.  This symposium immediately follows the 41st annual conference of the Children's Literature Association, a membership organization that exists to “encourage high standards of criticism, scholarship, research and teaching in children’s literature.

For more information and registration for the ChLA Conference, follow this link.

Both the ChLA Conference and the US-China Children’s Literature Symposium will take place at the Columbia Marriott in the heart of downtown Columbia, South Carolina’s capital city.  

We encourage you to come early for ChLA, enjoy the symposium, and while you are here, to explore the University of South Carolina’s rich children’s literature holdings in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, which houses The Augusta Baker Collection of African-American Children’s Literature & Folklore, among other collections, and the Caroliniana Library.