The fifth biennial Louise Seaman Bechtel Lectureship in Children's Literature presents "Tales from China," by Ed Young on Tuesday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. in Rockefeller Hall, room 200, at Vassar College.
The Department of Education in conjunction with the Africana Studies and Asian Studies programs is sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public. Young will be available for a book signing following the lecture. Young won the 1990 Caldecott Medal for his book "Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China." Through mixing abstract and realistic images with complex use of color and shadow, artist and translator Young has transformed a simple fairy tail into a remarkable work of art. He has illustrated over 40 books for children, four of which he has also written.
Content and the telling of the tale itself provide Young with the initial inspiration for his art and the motivations for page design and sequence. Essential to his work is accuracy in research whether it is illustrating fantasy, folk tale, or fact. Young was born in Tientsin, China, grew up in Shanghai and later mover to Hong Kong. He came to the United States as a young man on a student visa. A graduate of Los Angeles Art Center, Young has taught at Pratt Institute, Yale University, Naropa Institute, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. He now lives with his wife in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
For additional information call the Department of Education at (845) 437-7360. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy Jennings, Office of Campus Activities, at (845) 437-5370, as far in advance as possible to request appropriate and reasonable accommodations.