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Cotsen Library sponsors conference on children and war, Oct. 9-11

role and place of children in times of war will be examined during a conference, "Under Fire: Childhood in the Shadow of War," Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 9-11.

The event, sponsored by the Cotsen Children's Library , will run Thursday afternoon and all day Friday and Saturday in Robertson Hall and McCormick Hall and at 185 Nassau St. A detailed schedule and paper abstracts are available on the conference Web site.

Participants will consider the ways in which war informs childhood, as well as ways in which childhood informs war. Speakers will explore themes such as depictions of war and constructions of the "enemy" in children's books, the Children's Crusade, the Holocaust, modern school violence, war and conflict in Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, children and society in the American Civil War, and the visual representation of violence for children.

In addition to the presentation of papers, the conference also will include the screening of two award-winning films. The first, "Behind Closed Eyes," focuses on four children from Liberia, Kosovo, Cambodia and Rwanda who have been traumatized by war. It will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

The second, the Academy Award-winning "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport," chronicles the story of the kindertransports that saved more than 10,000 European children from the Nazis in the months leading up to World War II. The film's director, Mark Jonathan Harris, will be present to comment on his work. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in 101 McCormick Hall. The content of these documentaries is not suitable for children.

The conference is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Eric Johnson at (609) 258-1148.

Contact: TOM BARTUS(609) 258-3601

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