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Early Childhood Symposium: Ensuring the “Good Childhood” in a World of Cultural and Technological Change Expanding the Nordic-American Dialogue on Early Education

4-5-2019 THROUGH 4-6-2019
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FRI—April 5—8:30 AM & SAT—April 6—10 AM
$125 ($75 graduate students) for all panels
$75 ($50 graduate students) for one-day pass


In the third of a series, the 2019 Early Childhood Symposium brings together Scandinavian and American educators to build on earlier conversations from previous symposia and explore challenges and opportunities posed in the U.S. and Nordic countries by demographic, cultural, and technological change. Organized by the Child Development Institute at Sarah Lawrence College in collaboration with ASF, topics in the symposium include Education for Sustainable Development and Play;  Environments, Design and Technology; Community Adventure Play for All Children; Migrant Children and Family Issues; and Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Education.

The symposium will take place April 5 & 6, with panels starting at 8:30 AM on Friday and ending at 5 PM on Saturday.

To see more detailed information about each panel and speakers, visit the Sarah Lawrence website.



Speakers & Panelists

Molly Alexander, Founding Teacher and Assistant Director, Global Roots Play School; Early Childhood Specialist Consultant, Family Reading Partnership
Deanna Barenboim, Psychology and Anthropology Faculty, Sarah Lawrence College
Maria Pia Belloni, UN Representative, World Organization for Early Childhood Education
Kurt Bendix-Olsen, Associate Professor, Center for Applied Welfare Research, UC Lillebælt, Denmark
Maja Sbahi Biehl, Faculty and Special Consultant, DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia
Stig Brostrom, Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark
Elisa Caref, Director of Education, Sarah Lawrence College
Rochelle Cassells, Psychology faculty, Sarah Lawrence College
Nilda Cosco, Director of Programs, The Natural Learning Initiative; Research Associate Professor, College of Design, NC State University

Gary Evans, Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Human Ecology, Cornell University
Mara Gross, Director, Anita L. Stafford Office of Community Partnerships and Service Learning, Sarah Lawrence College
Natalie Gross, Director of Diversity and Campus Engagement, Sarah Lawrence College
Robbin Hawkins, Lead Teacher, Early Childhood Center at Sarah Lawrence College
Denisha Jones, Director of Teacher Education and Assistant Professor, School of Education, Trinity Washington University
Jon Kaurel, Senior Advisor, Union of Education, Norway
Ingrid Pramling-Samuelson, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Gothenburg University, Sweden and Chair of Early Childhood Education and Sustainable Development at UNESCO
Janet Reilly, Politics Faculty, Sarah Lawrence College
Judith Wagner, Director of Broadoaks Children’s School; Professor of Education and Child Development, Whittier College, C