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Philip Nel
Attended Vanderbilt University
Lives in Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.A.
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The university’s response to Kansas’ “Personal and Family Protection Act” should be: “No. We cannot both comply with this law and ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. Indeed, inviting guns onto campus is incompatible with the mission of this university. With the exception of campus security or research involving weapons, guns have no place on campus. Period.” 
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Call for Papers: Migration, Refugees, and Diaspora in Children’s Literature (1 Nov. 2017)
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This is for my mother. She's the reason I survived adolescence and then, much to everyone's surprise, actually managed to succeed in life. Happy Mothers' Day.
My mother was my first best friend. My mother is the reason I have succeeded in life. My mother is the reason I managed to live through adolescence. There have been many other important influences. Let's not forget my sister, stepfather, friends, teachers, neighbors, and the many patient people ...
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10 thought-provoking quotations: Schopenhauer, Charlie Chaplin, Laurie Anderson, Toni Morrison, Charles Simic, & more!
Welcome to the sixth aggregation of quotations that interest me — that is, the sixth blog installment of my “commonplace book,” a sixteenth-century tradition (that continued for several centuries), in which “one records passages or matters to be especially remembered or referred to, ...
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What would Dr. Seuss think of Mr. Trump?
Many have likened Donald Trump to a “schoolyard bully.” Back in September, Mr. Trump even admitted that his own campaign rhetoric had been “a little childish.” To best understand a candidate who addresses voters at a fourth-grade level, we need the stories of one of our most plain-spoken ...
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In celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday, here are four film clips featuring Dr. Seuss himself!  Two of these are almost certainly ones you haven't seen. My favorite is the fourth, in which Seuss explains what happens when the dipolator doesn't throing.
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On the late, great Richard Thompson & his brilliant comic strip, Cul de Sac.
“Heenkhahooghooghenk… Sniff… Sob.” Like all comics connoisseurs, I'm mourning the loss of Richard Thompson, creator of Cul de Sac. But the first three words of this article are not mine. They belong to Thompson's characters: Petey Otterloop, his younger sister Alice, and her friend Dill Wedekind ...
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Looking for something good to read? Of course you are. May I recommend Jaclyn Moriarty's The Colors of Madeleine trilogy? It's fantasy fully grounded in everyday experience. Its world-building is subtle. Its characters are a pleasure to spend time with.
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Introducing the the third volume in the adventures of 5-year-old Barnaby, and his loquacious, endearing, pink-winged con-artist of a fairy godfather (aka Mr. O'Malley). The classic comic by Crockett Johnson (creator of Harold and the Purple Crayon)!
74 years ago this month, five-year-old Barnaby Baxter wished for a fairy godmother. Instead, Mr. O'Malley — a loquacious, endearing, pink-winged con-artist — flew through Barnaby's (open) bedroom window, and announced himself as the lad's fairy godfather. For the next ten years, devoted readers ...
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"on an armed campus, we’re less likely to explore uncomfortable subjects. Classrooms can offer a place for vigorous debate, spirited exchanges of ideas -- but only if these classrooms are safe." #StopCampusCarry
Guns on campuses make the vulnerable even more vulnerable, argues Philip Nel. They uphold established systems of power: white supremacy, patriarchy and the privilege of the tenured.
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There are many great reasons to vote for Bernie Sanders. Photographs of Hillary Clinton with people you dislike are not among them. 
Perhaps you have also seen these memes drifting through your social media feed. There's a photo of Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush sharing a hug. Hillary Clinton & George W. Bush at Nancy Reagan's funeral. This was taken at Nancy Reagan's funeral earlier this month, but one meme-maker offers ...
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This may be of interest primarily to children's lit academics, but... here it is!  Please share!
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I write books about children's books & comics.
Introduction
Professor of English. Books include:
  • Crockett Johnson's Barnaby Volume Two: 1944-1945, co-edited with Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics Books, 2014)
  • Crockett Johnson's Barnaby Volume One: 1942-1943, co-edited with Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics Books, 2013)
  • Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature (UP Mississippi, 2012)
  • Keywords for Children's Literature, co-edited with Lissa Paul (NYU Press, 2011)
  • Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature, co-edited with Julia Mickenberg (NYU Press, 2008)
  • The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats (Random House, 2007)
  • Dr. Seuss: American Icon (Continuum, 2004)
  • The Avant-Garde and American Postmodernity: Small Incisive Shocks (UP Mississippi, 2002)
  • J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide (Continuum, 2001)
Forthcoming:
  • Crockett Johnson's Barnaby, Volumes 3-5, co-edited with Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics, 2015-2017)
Education
  • Vanderbilt University
    English, 1992 - 1997
  • University Of Rochester
    English and Pyschology, 1988 - 1992
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Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.A.
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