children from around the world

Global Renderings of Childhood and Its Literatures

Global Renderings of Childhood and Its Literatures 2023-2024 features an assemblage of public events, research projects, course enrichment opportunities, and outreach initiatives centered on children’s literature, and the narratives of childhood and adolescence. 

Developed in collaboration with ten CAL faculty members including Quentin Bailey, Kyung Chun, Clarissa Clò, Lashon Daley, Anne Donadey, Alvin Henry, Minjeong Kim, Kristin Rebien, Kylie Sago, and Roy Whitaker, Global Renderings bridges the work of five departments, four language programs, and the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (NCSCL). 

This unprecedented collaboration amongst CAL faculty members is a unique opportunity to share resources, build knowledge, and further research and outreach efforts that center children’s and adolescent literature.


October 2023

Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo

Global Renderings Research Luncheon featuring Dr. Anne Donadey, Professor, European Studies & Women's Studies at San Diego State University

Monday, October 30, 2023
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: SDSU Faculty Staff Club (Room B)

Donadey's talk analyzes how Chibundu Onuzo’s novel Sankofa critiques everyday racism, connects it to a history of colonialism, provides various instances of resistance to microaggressions, and offers models for how one learns to identify microaggressions and deal with them as a young Black person.

RSVP is required.

November 2023

The collected poems of William Wordsworth

Research presentation by Dr. Quentin Bailey, Associate Professor & Chair, English & Comparative Literature at San Diego State University

Monday, November 27, 2023
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: SDSU Faculty Staff Club (Room B)

Bailey's talk explores how the Romantic period in Britain saw the "effective beginning of mass education" for children, with the competing visions of Bell and Lancaster championed by diverse writers and thinkers. These systems sought to inculcate "virtuous habits" in students and to root out "licentiousness" in "the whole people."

RSVP is required.

Coming soon

This Is What I Live For: An Afro-Italian Hip-Hop Memoir by Amir Issaa

Book Release
This Is What I Live For: An Afro-Italian Hip-Hop Memoir
By Amir Issaa

Date TBA