EMIERT programs and events @ 2010 ALA Annual Conference - Washington, D.C.

Saturday, June 26

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Location: Four Points by Sheraton (FOUR) - Franklin C/D
Going Socratic with Coretta Scott King Book Award Titles: A Socratic Seminar Approach to Book Discussions
Using Coretta Scott King Book Award-winning titles "Elijah of Buxton" and "Moses," learn the how-to’s of the Socratic Process to involve students in inquiry and rich discussion of opinions based on the text. Session will include defining the Socratic method, seminar etiquette, and role of facilitator. Learn how to select the best texts, conduct a seminar, enhance inquiry skills of student participants, and assess the seminar.

Sunday, June 27

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Location: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill (HYATT) - Concord/Lexington
EMIERT Business Meeting  

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Location: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill (HYATT) - Concord/Lexington
The Power of Multicultural Exhibits in Building Multicultural Relationships

Through virtual demonstrations this program will illustrate how exhibits – HAITI AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE; THE CHILDREN OF DARFUR; COMMON THREADS: UNRAVELING THE WORLD OF TEXTILES –  can help libraries develop multicultural audiences, connect and increase circulation, cultivate community intercultural relationships, while promoting global consciousness. Presenter Lou Ann Merkle, Darfur Alert Coalition Founder and Executive Director 2004 – 2007 will offer insight into an exhibit of drawings and poetry created by children in the Kalma refugee war camp in South Darfur in 2004.  Marc Yves Regis, author of Haiti through My Eyes, Deadly Road to Democracy, and two photographic documentaries Two Good Feet and When Freedom Comes, will discuss his most recent photographs and stories of Haiti. Representatives from The Textile Museum in D.C. will demonstrate how they have used interactive educational websites to share the cultural importance of the world’s textiles and engage audiences of all ages. They will highlight “Common Threads: Unraveling the World of Textiles.” The site was designed as an introduction to textiles through in-depth exploration of two objects from the Museum’s permanent collection: a rain-cloak from Bhutan and an over-tunic from Guatemala. Join us for a closer look at how you can use the site in your own library. (Program participants as well as EMIERT Diversity Fair Booth visitors will receive 10% discount off all purchases both online and at the Museum.)

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Location: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill (HYATT) - Concord/Lexington
EMIERT Membership Meeting

1:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.   Location: Washington Convention Center (WCC) -147A

One Poem, Enriching Lives Across the Globe: Samuel Ullman, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and "Youth"
Judith Schaefer’s 59-minute film, "So Long Are You Young: Samuel Ullman's Poems and Passion," tells the remarkable story of the serendipitous international influence of one poem. The inspiring documentary highlights Ullman’s life (1840-1924), community humanitarian work and personal courage as an immigrant Jew in Birmingham, Alabama, and how his philosophy came to influence General Douglas MacArthur, postwar Japanese society, and world leaders like Robert and Ted Kennedy. Ullman biographer/historian Margaret Armbrester will facilitate audience discussion. Co-sponsored by RUSA.

Monday, June 28

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.   Location: Washington Convention Center (WCC) -147A
Immigrant Vignettes: The Saga of Romanian-American and Canadian-Jews
Overview of two millennia-long Jewish community in Romania (including the Holocaust, Communist & post-Communist periods); immigration and history of Jews in the USA and Canada, Romanian Holocaust survivors and righteous Gentiles; biographical sketches of noted Romanian Jews; library materials on North American Romanian Jewry including Multicultural Review; author-publisher interaction vis-à-vis The Romanian Jews in America and Canada (1850-2010); and issues in writing and publishing a Holocaust memoir are the main components of this program. Speakers: Vladimir Wertsman, author and Chair of EMIERT Publishing and Multicultural Materials Committee and Lyn Miller-Lachman, Editor-in-Chief of MultiCultural Review.

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.   Location Washington Convention Center (WCC) – 147A
EMIERT/Jewish Information Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 29

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Location: Renaissance Washington (REN) Congressional Hall C
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast
Celebrate the 2010 Coretta Scott King Book Awards recipients at this annual breakfast honoring the year's best African American authors and illustrators of books for children and youth. Winners include Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Charles R. Smith, Jr. Also, Walter Dean Myers, the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, will be honored. Individual tickets may be purchased in advance for $50 each, and onsite for $60 from ALA Registration until Sunday, June 27. Tables may be reserved by purchasing 10, 20, 30, or 40 individual tickets for $50 each prior to the Advance Registration deadline of May 14, 2010. Event Code: ALA7.