The Child Development Institute Presents "Consuming Kids: Reclaiming Childhood from Media Moguls and Corporate Marketers"

Susan Linn, EdD, a psychologist, writer, award-winning producer, and puppeteer, will deliver the 2009 Thomas H. Wright lecture, presented by Sarah Lawrence College’s Child Development Institute, on Monday, July 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Donnelley Theatre of the Heimbold Visual Arts Center. Linn is associate director of the Media Center, Judge Baker Children’s Center in Boston, instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and co-founder and director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. The lecture is free and open to the public. For further information please call (914) 395 2412.

Writing extensively about the effects of media and commercial marketing on children, Dr. Linn has authored an acclaimed book on the subject. Consuming Kids has been praised in publications as diverse as The Wall Street Journal and Mother Jones. Her most recent book, The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World, addresses a related and equally important topic.

Combining her skills as a writer and performer with her role as a child therapist, Dr. Linn has written and appeared in a number of video programs designed to help children cope with issues ranging from mental illness to death and loss. She was recently awarded the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Citation for her work on behalf of children.

Dr. Linn speaks both nationally and internationally on the impact of marketing to children and on the importance of creative play. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Today, Sixty Minutes, Dateline, and in the acclaimed documentary The Corporation. She has lectured about the impact of commercialism on children throughout the USA and in Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America.