About the Conference

Telling A People’s Story: African-American Children’s Illustrated Literature

April 20-21, 2018


This first-of-its-kind conference is held in conjunction with the original exhibition, Telling A People’s Story, on display at the Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum. Featuring illustrators, scholars, librarians, and educators, eleven speakers will individually and collectively present and discuss diverse aspects of contextualizing African-American children’s picture books.


Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum
801 S. Patterson Ave., Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-2232


Jason E. Shaiman (Chair), Brenda Dales, Arnold Adoff, Stephanie Baer, Gratia Banta, Rudine Sims Bishop, Sam Bloom, Megan Bowers, Cynthia Collins, Larry Collins, Stephanie Danker, Nishani Frazier, Darwin Henderson, Caroline Kunetz and Anita Wilson


Funding for the conference is provided by the following:
Art Museum Membership Association
College of Education, Health & Society, Miami University
Department of Teacher Education, Miami University
Lane Library, Oxford
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
Miriam W. Howard Art Museum Fund
Office of Institutional Diversity, Miami University
Office of the President, Miami University
P&G Art Museum Fund
Norman A. Schoelles Art Museum Fund

Oxford Area Information

Oxford Ohio Visitors Bureau – Enjoy Oxford


Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) http://www.cvgairport.com/

Dayton International Airport (DAY) http://www.flydayton.com/


The Elms Hotel
75 S. Main St. Oxford, OH 45056 (1.4 miles from Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum)
(513) 524-2002
Block held until 6 P.M., March 19, 2018.

Hampton Inn
375 S. College Ave. Oxford, OH 45056 (1.2 miles from Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum)
(513) 524-2012
Block held until March 20, 2018.


The Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum, completed in 1978 was designed by Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Chicago, and is situated on three acres of scenic sculpture park grounds at the edge of Miami University’s Oxford, Ohio campus. We house five galleries of changing exhibitions and a growing permanent collection of over 17,000 artworks. MUAM is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).