Dr. Alice Villaseñor recently spoke at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), which took place this year in Minneapolis, MN. ASECS draws interdisciplinary scholars from around the globe who study all facets of the eighteenth century, including literature, history, art history and music. Dr. Villaseñor participated in a panel called “Teaching the Eighteenth-Century through Children’s Literature,” which focused on how to make eighteenth-century studies relevant to today’s students.

In her presentation, entitled “Service-Learning and Children’s Literature: Didactic Literature in Contemporary Children’s Book Collections,” Dr. Villaseñor drew from her experiences incorporating community-based learning projects in her ENG 375 course called “Children’s Literature: From Ancient Myth to the Digital Age.” Most recently, ENG 375 students drew from their knowledge of eighteenth-century conduct books and didactic fiction to research and purchase contemporary books for youth programs at the Buffalo City Mission.

The picture (taken by Associate Professor Courtney Grim) features ENG 375 students delivering their books to the Buffalo City Mission with the help of Dr. Villaseñor and Andy Yeager (who served as the embedded librarian for the course). For more information about the Buffalo City Mission Fall 2016 partnership, see the description on the Buffalo City Mission webpage: https://www.buffalocitymission.org/medaille-college/.

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