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Nazareth College to Host War Horse Author, May 16

  • Published: February 28, 2013
  • Source: Connections Magazine


  • Nazareth College to host 2013 Arbuthnot Lecturer Michael Morpurgo.
  • Morpurgo is the author of the novel War Horse, which Steven Spielberg also made into a critically acclaimed movie.
  • The lecture will take place May 16 at 7:00 the Linehan Chapel.

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Nazareth College to Host War Horse Author, May 16

Nazareth College School of Education in partnership with the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) will be hosting the 2013 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. The lecture will be delivered by Michael Morpurgo at the Nazareth College Linehan Chapel on May 16 at 7:00 p.m. Morpurgo is the author of the novel War Horse (Egmont Books Ltd., 1982) which was adapted for Broadway and won the 2011 Tony award for best play and was a 2011 award-winning movie directed by Steven Spielberg. The event is free and open to the public, but admission tickets are required. Only individual requests for tickets can be accommodated for this event, large groups can be reserved in the overflow seating area where the lecture will be shown on a projection screen. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14618. For more information please call (585) 328-6658.

Morpurgo’s lecture will be tied to several other significant events for librarians and readers of children’s and young adult literature during Children’s Book Week.  The lecture will be followed by the Youth Services Section (YSS) 38th annual Spring Conference on Friday, May 17, at the Holiday Inn Rochester Airport.  Conference Chair Cathy Henderson said, “Conference goers will want to stay in Rochester for Saturday’s Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival which is absolutely free and will be held on the Nazareth College campus.”

Born in England in 1943, Michael Morpurgo was teaching when he discovered the magic of storytelling and began writing.  With more than 100 titles for young people, his books are noted for their imagination, power, and grace.  In 1976, he and his wife established the charity “Farms for City Children.”  In the last thirty years, over 50,000 children from urban areas of the United Kingdom have spent a week living and working on one of the three farms.  Morpurgo is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire and served as Britain’s third Children’s Laureate from 2003 to 2005.

Established in 1969, the lecture series was once before presented in New York in Flushing in 2002.  The lecture celebrates May Hill Arbuthnot, who served as a strong voice for children’s literature.  Each year a lecturer is chosen who will prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature.  The paper is delivered as a lecture and is subsequently published in Children & Libraries, the journal of ALSC.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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