Subject to change.
Friday, April 1
Imagination and Media
- JaNay Brown-Wood, Author and Scholar
On advocating for diverse and representative children’s books.
- Anne Lund, PBS Kids
On bolstering children’s learning through television shows, apps, and other educational tools.
- Yalda Uhls, University of California, Los Angeles
On bridging research and practice about children’s media.
Moderated by Jacqueline D. Wooley, University of Texas at Austin
Play and Imagination across Cultures
- Helen Davis, Harvard University
On characterizing children’s play and learning in the Kunene region of northern Namibia and southern Angola.
- Francesca Mezzenzana, University of Kent/Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society
On exploring indigenous practices of learning in the Ecuadorian Amazon, focusing in particular on children’s development of responsibility, autonomy and conceptions of nonhuman others.
- Laura Shneidman, Pacific Lutheran University
On studying early social learning and exploratory play in Yucatec Maya communities of Mexico.
Moderator by Lynneth Solis, Harvard University
Saturday, April 2
Physical Play and Play Space Design
- Omowale Moses, Math Talk
On studying Games for Mathematical Understanding.
- Meghan Talarowski, Studio Ludo
On studying children’s playful behavior on playgrounds.
- Bo Stjerne Thomsen, LEGO Foundation
On using play with LEGOs to learn in childhood.
Moderated by Andres Bustamente, University of California, Irvine
- Gordon Burghardt, University of Tennessee
On characterizing play behavior in “non-playing” species such as reptiles.
- Jill Katka, Louisville Zoo
On designing playful environments for primates in zoos.
- Robert Mitchell, Eastern Kentucky University
On studying Dog-human play creates a context in which each player can develop new skills in relation to the other’s skills in the game.
Moderated by Jeffrey J. Lockman, Tulane University