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Enduring Trifles


Enduring Trifles

Writing the History of Childhood with Ephemera

A conference at the Cotsen Children's Library, Princeton University
February 17-19, 2011

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Conference Program

Cotsen Children's Library, February 17-19 2011


Thursday, February 17

Location: Computer Science 104

2:30 pm Registation

3:00 Welcome

3:15 Professional Panel

Panel Moderator: Jill Shefrin

6:30 pm Performance and reception

Location: East Pyne 010

Juvenile theater performance of  Rip Van Winkle by Dr. Neff’s Incredible Puppet Company.

Reception to follow.

Friday, February 18

Location: Computer Science 104

9:30 am Registration and coffee

10:15 am Opening remarks

10:30 am Session 1: Eighteenth century origins

  • Matthew Grenby, Newcastle University, "Caught in the moment: Current Events in Eighteenth-century children's books"
  • Jill Shefrin, University of London, "'A delightful recreation for the industrious': English children's 'School Pieces'"

Panel Moderator: Susan Whyman

12:00-1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 Session 2: Shaping Identity I

Panel Moderator: Bill Gleason, Princeton University

3:30 pm Break

4:00-5:30 Workshops

Location: Computer Science 104 and Friend Center 006

  • Alan Powers, University of Greenwich, "Juvenile Theaters"
  • Peter Cope, Independent Scholar, "Dean's Rag Books"

5:45 Reception

Location: Cotsen Children's Library gallery

Saturday, February 19th

9:30 am Coffee

Location: Computer Science 104

10:00 am Session 3: Shaping Identity II

  • Carol Percy, University of Toronto, "Choose your verbs: the role(s) of games in children's grammatical instruction in mid-nineteenth century Britain"
  • Mary Clare Martin, University of Greenwich, "Ephemera, early twentieth-century youth, and the Girl Guide Association: a centenary contribution"
  • Rachel Gross, Princeton University, "Draydel Salad: The serious business of Jewish food and fun in Postwar America"

Panel Moderator: Andrea Immel

12:00 Lunch

1:15 pm Session 4: Child writers, readers, and consumers

  • Katharine Kittredge, Ithaca College, "'This little offering': Child-authored poetry in the late eighteenth century."
  • Brian Alderson, Independent Scholar, "Wallpaper and Hairy String"
  • Lucy Pearson, Newcastle University, "A colony of 'Puffins': Documenting a reading community"

Panel Moderator: M. O. Grenby

3:15 pm Break

3:30 Concluding remarks and general discussion

4:30 End of Program


Conference participants

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