Writing Children

How do we capture the voices of children? In their forthcoming edition, Issue #14 Kids!AREA Chicago looks at what it means to grow up as a child in Chicago. Contributors to this issue will discuss how we write about children and with them. What roles are cast for children –as others, counterparts, recipients, or ingénues—by differing approaches to capturing their voices? How do the ways that we write children reflect, propel, or resist broader societal understandings of what childhood is, and of who is considered a child?

Participants are:

Chiara Galimberti, a Chicago-based artist and teacher, will read from an interview with her twin daughters reflecting on poverty and education injustice in Chicago, and her own experiences as a single teen mother.

Nicole Marroquin teaches at the School of the Art Institute. Her reading is based on a piece she wrote with her students during a course called Collaboration as a Social Force.

Jake Klippenstein, a member of Chicago Childcare Collective, will read from a text in which adult participants reflect on an eight-week social justice reading club for young children (ages 7-10), and try to include reflections from child participants in their text.

Mohamed Mehdi (facilitator) is a writer, musician and a faculty member of Philosophy at Oakton Community College

Sarah Mendelsohn (facilitator) is an artist who works at the Smart Museum of Art

AREA Chicago actively gathers, produces, and shares knowledge about local culture and politics, bringing together members of the social justice community from the areas of Art, Research, Education, and Activism. Each annual publication focuses on a new topic of concern to life and justice in the city. (areachicago.org)

Writing Children is part of the Despres Family Memorial Lecture Series. It takes place January 22, 2014 at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. at 6pm.

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