Chasing Childhood presented by Southern Connecticut State University

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Chasing Childhood presented by Southern Connecticut State University

Join SCSU for a screening and discussion of the new documentary, Chasing Childhood!

By Reel Link Films

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Date and time

Thursday, October 14, 2021 · 3 - 6pm PDT



About this event

Sponsored by the Southern Connecticut State University Psychology Department, please join us for a screening and panel discussion of Chasing Childhood !

Registrants will receive a link to watch the film via email on Tuesday, October 12th. Please check your email for your links to the film and virtual discussion!

On October 14th at 6 pm, a virtual panel will be held over Zoom, featuring Dr. Peter Gray, Elizabeth Schmidt, Yalda T. Uhls, Laura Haver, Shenira Billups, Jason Williams, Ginny Yurich, and India Boulton.

Chasing Childhood is a feature length documentary that explores a phenomenon affecting kids from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds. Free play and independence have all but disappeared, supplanted by relentless perfectionism and record high anxiety and depression. What’s lost goes well beyond our idyllic conceptions of childhood past. When kids don’t play unsupervised by adults, they don’t gain critical life skills: grit, independence, and resourcefulness. Though they may appear more accomplished on paper, by the time they get to college they are often falling apart, lacking the emotional tools to navigate young adulthood.

The film explores how we got here and how we might empower our kids. Potential solutions are offered by the leaders of this movement, including former Stanford Dean and author of How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims, Biological Psychologist Peter Gray and others.

Event coordinators: Co-author of The Tragedy of Child Care in America and Associate Professor of Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University, Katherine Marsland, and Assistant Professor of Social Work at SCSU, Jamel Aguilar.

Registration for the event will close on October 12th at 6 pm.

For more information, please contact us via email at or call (510) 982-4764.

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