The University Record, November 9, 1998
By Joanne Nesbit
News and Information Services
Children know the importance of hiding out, of finding the just for me place where they cant be seen. Secret spaces may be found inside or outdoors, in a tree fort or den of snow, on the roof or behind the stairs. Just as fantasy inspires hideaways, childrens books provide refuge and a lens to a world apart.
This week, the Residential College will present Secret Spaces of Childhood, an exhibition and symposium on childrens books, remembered hideouts and illustrations.
Fantasy inspires hideaways, whether its an imaginary otherworld like Oz or the so-called ordinary neighborhood of Pooh Corner. The place may be literary or psychic, local or exotic, but a secret space can be found through the lens of every childrens book.
Through stories, acting, building, discussions and appearances by Mother Goose and Beatrix Potter, Secret Spaces of Childhood will explore childrens literature and the clues about how the young relate to the physical world.
The Nov. 1314 events will bring together students and teachers, artists and writers, psychologists, librarians, parents and children, architects and planners in a forum of inquiry related to land use and the needs of the young. They will explore connections between recreational spaces for children, idyllic sites and refuges in juvenile literature, and world-building as a creative process.
The program is presented in collaboration with Nichols Arboretum, the International Institute, School of Education, and College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Sponsors include Arts of Citizenship, Center for European Studies, DeLancey Design, Elling Family, Foto 1, Humanities Institute, Nicolas Books and Little Professor, Office of the Vice President for Research and the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program.
For more information, call 647-4349, send e-mail to email@example.com or visit the Web at www.rc.lsa.umich.edu/secret_spaces.
A Day of Story Tellers and Their Stories, noon2 p.m., Nichols Arboretum.
The Sharon Stephens Memorial Lecture: Places of Refuge for Children in an Uncertain World, 23:30 p.m., International Institute.
Exhibition opening and reception, 46 p.m., Residential College (RC) Art Gallery and Benzinger Library.
Video Kids and the Simulation of Play, 7:309 p.m., Schorling Auditorium, School of Education.
Refreshments, 99:30 a.m., RC Auditorium.
The Treasure in the Box: Folk Tales and the Shaman, 9:3010:30 a.m., RC Auditorium.
Childrens Theater and Building the Wendy House, 1111:30 a.m., RC Auditorium.
Child-Centered Spaces and Design Communities, 24 p.m., Room 126, RC.
Reception, 45 p.m., RC Gallery and Benzinger Library.