Zena Sutherland Lecture

The 2024 Zena Sutherland Lecture

Join the Zena Sutherland Lecture, presented by Meg Medina, on Friday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.

About the Sutherland Lecture

The Sutherland Lecture honors the late Zena Sutherland, Professor Emeritus and retired editor of the "Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books."

This special annual event is intended for teachers, educators, librarians and other interested adults. Co-sponsored by Chicago Public Library, the Zena Sutherland Lecture Committee and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

About Meg Medina

Meg Medina is the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and an award-winning author. She has published numerous books, including the Newbery Medal winner Merci Suárez Changes Gears, Evelyn del Rey is Moving Away (Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Children’s Literature winner) and Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (2014 Pura Belpré Author Honor). Many of these are also available in Spanish. As Ambassador, she is celebrating books with her platform, “Cuéntame!: Let’s Talk Books,” inspired by the phrase Spanish-speaking friends and family use to catch up.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A and a small reception with the author. Please note there will be no books sales or book signing.

Register to Attend

This year’s event will be offered in a hybrid format (guests may attend in person at the Harold Washington Library Center (400 S. State St.), or they may attend virtually via Zoom). Register to attend in-person or virtually by completing the registration form below.

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