Activities & off-campus events

A Celebration of Equitable Communities

Sunday, February 25, 2018

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Our Lady of Victory Chapel and Rauenhorst Ballroom, St. Catherine University

  • As Montessorians, we are educating for peace. To find our way to peace, we must address the divisions that exist between us as a people. Literature is a tool to both educate ourselves and our students, and to work toward the creation of truly inclusive environments. We are looking forward to both celebrating and learning with you on February 25.


    12–1 p.m. Open House—tour our Advanced Montessori Programs model classrooms. Cameras are welcome.
    Our Lady of Victory Chapel, Lower Level, Room 17

    1–2 p.m. Social Hour—Connect with friends, and explore wellness strategies for teachers hosted by the Minnesota Montessori Network. Light snacks and soft drinks provided.

    2–2:30 p.m. Tea—Enjoy a delicious tea with your Montessori friends, and consider reserving a table for your school. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.

    2:30–4 p.m. Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen, followed by Q&A and dessert.
    Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine

    Featured Speaker: Sarah Park Dahlen

    We are thrilled to welcome Sarah Park Dahlen as our featured speaker. Dr. Dahlen's research addresses transracially adopted Koreans in children's literature, the information behaviors of adopted Koreans, and diversity in children's literature and library education. She will be speaking to us on diversity in children's literature, particularly addressing choosing literature that reflects an anti-bias and anti-racist focus. Dr. Dahlen teaches a "Dismantling Racism" course here at St. Catherine University through the lens of social justice and children's literature.

    Dr. Dahlen is an associate professor in the MLIS program at St. Catherine University. She serves on the ALSC Children & Libraries advisory committee and the 2019 Newberry Award committee. In 2016, she was awarded the University of Illinois Leadership Award. She co-edited Diversity in Youth Literature with Jamie Campbell Naidoo and co-founded and co-edits Research on Diversity in Youth Literature. Her next books address race in the wizarding world with Ebony Elizabeth Thomas and Asian American youth literature with Paul Lai.

    Purchase Tickets

    Reserve your tickets online by Sunday, February 18. The cost is $15 per person or $100 for a table of 8.