English professor Carl Miller will begin the conference with “Children’s Literature: An Introduction” 7 p.m. Friday in the DeSantis Family Chapel, 300 Okeechobee Blvd. Forbes’ presentation, “Storytelling with Books for Children and Their Keepers,” follows.
Forbes, the longtime vice president of Forbes Media, now devotes his time to writing children’s books. He has published three children’s books of poetry, all illustrated by late master artist Ronald Searles.
The conference continues Saturday with two sessions. Journalism professor and former TV reporter J. Israel Balderas will lead the first session, “Solutions-Driven Journalism as Redemptive Storytelling.” Thom Parham will lead the subsequent session, “The Redemption Preemption: Reaching a Culture that Believes It’s OK.”
Parham, a Navy veteran turned Azusa Pacific University professor, previously wrote for the long-running CBS drama “JAG” and served as an on-location writers’ assistant for a season of “Touched by an Angel.”
The PBA Dance Ensemble will conclude the morning’s sessions with “Telling Stories: How Dancers Influence and Inspire Through Movement.”
On Saturday afternoon, guests can attend breakout workshops on photojournalism with Ron Hilliard, fiction writing with David Athey or narrative art. The conference concludes with a matinee performance of “The Wizard Oz,” followed by a talkback session led by theatre professor Kyle Schnack '10.