Dr. Roger A. Hart, Professor in the Ph.D. Psychology Program of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will speak on "Children on the Cultural Front Line: The Challenging Vision of Children As Active Citizens," on Friday, December 7 at 4 p.m. in Reisinger Concert Hall. Coming out of eight years of work with UNICEF and the Save the Children Alliance, Hart will address the importance of children's voices in community development in the United States and the developing world. Concerned with the theory and research related to the planning and design of children's environments, Dr. Hart's recent focus has been on fostering greater participation of young people in their communities. David Leonard, Associate Director of the Sarah Lawrence College Child Development Institute, remarked, "At a time when we're thinking about what it means to live in a democratic society, we should also consider the importance of our children and how their concerns and rights should be respected and included."
Dr. Roger Hart is a Co-Director of the Children's Environments Research Group. He is the author of publications including Children's Participation: From Tokenism to Citizenship (with UNICEF), and Cities for Children: Children's Rights, Poverty and Urban Management. With the Save the Children Alliance he co-authored The Children's Clubs of Nepal: A Democratic Experiment.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (914) 395 2411.