Faculty Convivium

The Faculty Convivium is a luncheon series presented by SUNY Oneonta faculty. Summaries of faculty research, accessible to the non-specialist, are presented in a collegial atmosphere.

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Seating is limited. To reserve a seat please call x2517 at least several days before the talk. Vegetarian meals are available.

Next Convivium

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 12:00-1:00 pm -- Otsego Grille, Morris Conference Center

Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs, Jenna Turner, Sarah Rhodes

Faculty Center, Milne Library

"Run, Hide, Fight: The Evocative Discourse of School Shootings in Teen Literature"

Literature can serve as a lens into difficult life situations, allowing the reader to process emotions in a safe and constructive way; young adult literature (YAL) is no different. As school shootings have become more prevalent in the media since Columbine, YAL has come to reflect this trend by incorporating school shootings in the plot. This increased production of YAL about school shootings is instructive in the cultural scripts that are now woven into the narrative of teen life and the school experience. Through a qualitative study using focus group interviews and an online Qualtrics survey, the researchers were able to gather data into the perceptions of librarians and educators in the use of YAL about school shootings in educational settings. We will explore the results of the study, discuss some of the literature in this landscape, the potential uses for these texts, and the impact this has for the professions of education and librarianship.

Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs is a Professor in Secondary Education and Educational Technologies at SUNY Oneonta and a former high school English teacher. She is currently serving as the Director of The Faculty Center.

Sarah Rhodes is a Reference and Instruction Librarian, tenure-track faculty member with a background in school libraries and adolescent English education. Her research interests focus on young adult literature and she strives to include librarians as authoritative voices in conversations surrounding young adults, literature, and pedagogy.

Jenna Turner is the Associate for the Faculty Center and has a background in Adolescent English Education and Literacy (5-12). Her research interests focus on young adult literature and exploring how literature can impact the mental health of students and their personal growth.

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