The Institutes

2006: THE HEROIC IDEAL REVISITED
St. Michael’s College, Colchester, Vermont

Children’s Literature New England’s twentieth and culminating annual summer institute was held at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont (outside of Burlington). Participants considered Paul Hazard’s question “How would heroism be kept alive in our aging earth if not by each fresh, young generation that begins anew the epic of the human race.”

Participants heard from an unusually robust roster of speakers gathered to celebrate the anniversary. Speakers and presenters included Rita Auerbach, M. T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Mary Brigid Barrett, Therese Bigelow, Ashley Bryan, Susan Cooper, Emma Dryden, Sarah Ellis, Nikki Giovanni, Virginia Golodetz, Barbara Harrison, Kathleen T. Horning, Kathleen Isaacs, Steven Kellogg, E. L. Konigsberg, Ginny Moore Kruse, Jane Langton, Betty Levin, Joanna Rudge Long, David Macaulay, Patricia MacLachlan, Gregory Maguire, Margaret Mahy, Katherine Paterson, Jill Paton Walsh, Meg Rosoff, Leda Schubert, Barbara Scotto, Suzanne Fisher Staples, Robin Smith, Deborah Taylor, John Rowe Townsend, Martha Walke, Yoko Kawashima Watkins,

2005: THE FAIRY TALE BELONGS TO THE POOR:
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Cambridge, MA

2004: THE WORLD IS ALL GROWN STRANGE:
Williams College, Williamstown, MA

2003: WHAT A GAMBLE FRIENDSHIP IS!:
Newnham College, Cambridge, England

2002: AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER?:
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

2001: CONSIDERING BOUNDARIES:
Victoria College, Toronto, Canada

2000: THE GREEN PREHUMAN EARTH:
Silver Bay Conference Center, Lake George, NY

1999: PATHFINDERS:
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


1998: LET THE WILD RUMPUS START: PLAY IN CHILDREN’S BOOKS,
Newnham College, Cambridge, England

1997: LOOKING FOR THE VILLAGE: THE CHILD AND COMMUNITY:
St. Michael’s College, Burlington, VT

1996: ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS: THE SHAPE OF STORY:
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

1995: WRITING THE WORLD: MYTH AS METAPHOR:
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

1994: IMAGE AND WORD: PATTERNS OF CREATIVITY:
Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

1993: SWORDS AND PLOUGHSHARES:

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


1992: WORLDS APART:
Keble College, Oxford, England

1991: ROGUES AND REBELS: SYMBOLS OF RESISTANCE:
Williams College, Williamstown, MA

1990: HOMECOMING:
St. Michael’s College, Burlington, VT

1989: TRAVELERS IN TIME: PAST, PRESENT, & TO COME:
Newnham College, Cambridge, England

1988: THE HEROIC IDEAL IN CHILDREN’S BOOKS: LEGACY AND PROMISE:
MIT, Cambridge, MA

1987: ROBINSON CRUSOE AND HIS HEIRS: SURVIVAL AND CONQUEST IN CHILDREN’S BOOKS:
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA