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Keith Distinguished Speaker Series

The Jo-Linda and Dennis Keith Distinguished Speaker Series invites exceptional and award-winning authors and illustrators to share their expertise about the craft of writing children’s picture books on topics that matter. These individuals will focus primarily, but not exclusively, on the learning of PreK-3 children.

During their 2-day residency in Syracuse, the authors/illustrators will meet with diverse audiences, including Syracuse University students, Syracuse City School District teachers and their students, librarians, and the local community.

All events are free and open to the public and CART open captioning will be provided. For more information call 315.443.4696.

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February 2018

The Pinkney Family

Raising Readers: Pinkney Family Residency Keynote

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
001 Life Sciences Building, 107 College Place
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

The Jo-Linda and Dennis Keith Distinguished Speaker Series The Syracuse University School of Education announces the inaugural Jo-Linda and Dennis Keith Distinguished Speaker Series featuring the renowned family of authors and illustrators; Jerry Pinkney, Gloria Jean Pinkney, Brian Pinkney, and Andrea Davis Pinkney '85. They will visit Syracuse for a 2-day residency, sharing their award-winning body of work, and discussing how social justice and representation of African-American culture in children's literature became the family business. 6:15 p.m. Reception and Book…

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Ready, Set, Read – SUCCEED! Pinkney Family Library Event

Friday, February 16, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Beauchamp Branch Library, 211 S Salina St
Syracuse, NY 13202 United States

The Jo-Linda and Dennis Keith Distinguished Speaker Series The Syracuse University School of Education announces the inaugural Jo-Linda and Dennis Keith Distinguished Speaker Series featuring the renowned family of authors and illustrators; Jerry Pinkney, Gloria Jean Pinkney, Brian Pinkney, and Andrea Davis Pinkney '85. They will visit Syracuse for a 2-day residency, sharing their award-winning body of work, and discussing how social justice and representation of African-American culture in children's literature became the family business. Reading is an adventure, filled…

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Two Shed Light: The Visual Storytelling of Jerry & Brian Pinkney

Friday, February 16, 2018, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Folk Art Center, 805 E Genesee St
Syracuse, NY 13210 United States

The Jo-Linda and Dennis Keith Distinguished Speaker Series The Syracuse University School of Education announces the inaugural Jo-Linda and Dennis Keith Distinguished Speaker Series featuring the renowned family of authors and illustrators; Jerry Pinkney, Gloria Jean Pinkney, Brian Pinkney, and Andrea Davis Pinkney '85. They will visit Syracuse for a 2-day residency, sharing their award-winning body of work, and discussing how social justice and representation of African-American culture in children's literature became the family business. 5 p.m. Talk 6 p.m.…

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March 2019

Peter H Reynolds March 19-20

“One Brave Dot” with Peter H. Reynolds

Tuesday, March 19, 5:30 pm
Stolkin Auditorium, Physics Building, Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

The Jo-Linda and Dennis Keith Distinguished Speaker Series The Syracuse University School of Education welcomes acclaimed author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds for a 2-day residency on March 19-20, 2019, during which he will visit and work with Syracuse University students, local schools and libraries, and the broader Syracuse community. Peter will also present a Community Event at Central Branch Library. "I just can’t draw." These words, uttered by a first grader nearly twenty years ago, inspired Peter’s mission to…

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Community Library Event with Peter H. Reynolds

Wednesday, March 20, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Central Branch Library KidSpace, 447 South Salina Street
Syracuse, NY 13202 United States

The Jo-Linda and Dennis Keith Distinguished Speaker Series The Syracuse University School of Education welcomes acclaimed author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds for a 2-day residency on March 19-20, 2019, during which he will visit and work with Syracuse University students, local schools and libraries, and the broader Syracuse community. Peter will also present a Community Event at Central Branch Library. Join us for an afternoon at the Onondaga County Public Library Central Library for a reading, book-signing and more!…

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