The Gryphon Lecture is given annually during the spring semester and features a leading scholar in the fields of youth literature, media, and/or culture. Gryphon Lectures are free and open to students and the public. A reception to discuss issues raised, network across departments, and meet with the speaker follows each lecture. Illinois educators are eligible to receive professional development credits for participation. To see a list of of past Gryphon Lectures, please visit this page.
The 2023 Gryphon Lecture, “Implementing the TEAACH Act: Using Asian American Children’s Literature as a Tool to Resist America’s Long History of Anti-Asian Violence,” was given by Dr. Sohyun An from Kennesaw State University on Monday, March 20, 2023.