DONNA JO NAPOLI AT THE CLASTA CONFERENCE 2022
CLASTA CONFERENCE 2022
We are pleased to announce that Donna Jo Napoli will be present at the Giornate CLASTA 2022 as invited speaker, thus adding to the three keynote lectures Judit Gervain (University of Padua), Roberto Filippi (University College London) and George Georgiou (University of Alberta).
DONNA JO NAPOLI
Books for hearing and deaf children: Boxes or doors?
“What should authors for children be writing about today? Do authors have a moral obligation to present the social and political concerns of our tumultuous world in that literature? Should the topics in literature for deaf children be different from the topics in literature for hearing children? I will tackle these and other questions, honestly and boldly, based on my experience as a linguist, author, mother, grandmother, teacher. But as a sneak preview: I do not believe authors are justified or wise to use their writing as a soapbox for their politics.”
Donna Jo Napoli (Prof. of Linguistics and Social Justice, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, USA) is committed to promoting literacy among children, hearing and deaf. She is part of a team that advocates for the language rights of deaf children and she is co-director of RISE, a project that produces video-books to promote shared reading activities between parents and their deaf children. She writes literature for children of all ages (www.donnajonapoli.com). Since fall 2020, she has served as a writing workshop leader for a United Nations Generation Equality project run by the UN Women Europe and Central Asia Regional Office.