Prized author and illustrator of children’s books including, Obama: The Day the World Danced, the first picture book in the U.S. about the historical election


Jan Spivey GilchristJan Spivey Gilchrist, a prized author and illustrator of children’s books, will be on the IU Northwest campus on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. Please note her original appearance of Wednesday, Feb. 2 was cancelled due to winter weather that closed the IU Northwest campus.

Gilchrist will read several of her books to a group of fourth through sixth-graders who attend a local grade school. Following her reading, she will have selections of her books for sale and provide autographed copies.

Jan Spivey Gilchrist’s career as a fine artist has spanned a quarter of a century. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. She has won numerous awards and commissions throughout her career, including the Coretta Scott King Award for Nathaniel Talking, and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book for Night on Neighborhood Street.

Her most recent book, Obama: The Day the World Danced, is the first picture book in the U.S. about the historical election.


Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m.


Indiana University Northwest – Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium

3400 Broadway

Gary, IN 46408

(The Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium is located in the Savannah Center on the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary.)


There will be several interview and photo opportunities available with Office of Diversity Programming staff. Interviews with Jan Spivey Gilchrist may be possible prior to or following the event. Please contact Emily Banas to coordinate an interview with Ms. Gilchrist.

Indiana University Northwest

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