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portrait of Philip Nel by Megan Montague Cash
portrait of Philip Nel
by Megan Montague Cash

Our featured speaker is Philip Nel, University Distinguished Professor of English at Kansas State University and the author or co-editor of 13 books, including: a double-biography of the children’s writers Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss, Keywords for Children’s Literature, and Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature and the Need for Diverse Books. This book was one of the catalysts for Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ March 2021 decision to stop publishing six Dr. Seuss books that contain racist imagery.

Please welcome a featured guest on national news programs around the world and a former clue on the popular American game show Jeopardy… Philip Nel!