Thursday, April 03, 2008

CCFC Summit 2008, plus Morgan Spurlock

I just arrived in Boston this afternoon, where I'm attending and presenting at the CCFC’s 6th Annual Summit, Consuming Kids: The Sexualization of Children and Other Commercial Calamities. The bulk of the summit will take place tomorrow and Saturday at Wheelock College, but tonight we had our opening reception with Morgan Spurlock (director of Supersize Me and 30 Days), who was awarded this year's Fred Rogers Integrity Award. Very cool. Spurlock was friendly and very approachable, and gave a great acceptance speech that doubled as a bit of a preliminary opening address for the summit. And the actual award they gave him was pretty much the bomb.

Here's the schedule for the next couple of days:
Friday ~ April 4

8:30-9:00 Registration ~ Ground Lobby
Continental Breakfast ~ Upper Rotunda

9:00-9:05 Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood Media Education Foundation

9:05-9:10 Welcoming Remarks Alvin F. Poussaint

9:10-9:25 Reflections Susan Linn

9:30-10:30 Plenary Session 1
So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood
Diane Levin, Jean Kilbourne

10:45-12:00 Breakout Session A
The Case for Make-Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World
Susan Linn, Director, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
Joan Almon, Alliance for Childhood

Media Literacy for the New World Order and Adolescent Girls Learn About the Importance of Being “Hot:” The Role of Dress, Media and Peers
Susan Owusu, YWCA Boston
Jessica Greenstone, Tufts University

Private Enterprise in Public Schools: Communicating School Commercialization
Gary Brunk, Kansas Action for Children
Lynn Davey, Frameworks Institute

The Well-Being of Children Deserves the Best Science Available
Brandy King, Center on Media and Child Health

Using the Power of Media for Positive Change
Amy Jussel, Shaping Youth
Alice Aspen March, The Attention Factor

12:00-1:00 Buffet Lunch ~ Upper Rotunda
Informal networking groups including:
Commercialization of Children: The Role of Belief Communities with Mary L Rothschild, Director of Healthy Media Choices Quaker and Rabbi Anne Ebersman of Abraham Heschel School

Blogging for Change with Lisa "the Corporate Babysitter" Ray and others

1:05-1:30 Plenary Session 2
Buy, Buy Baby: How the Marketing Industry Brands Infants and Toddlers
Susan Gregory Thomas, author Buy, Buy, Baby

1:35-2:25 Plenary Session 3
Branding Children's Play: Mapping the Commercial Convergence of Media, Toys and Gaming in Virtual Worlds for Kids
Sara Grimes, Simon Fraser University

Video Games: Playing with Sex and Death
Michael Brody, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

2:45-4:00 Breakout Session B
Towards Greater Health, Wealth and Wisdom: How to Have Fun, Kick (Corporate) Butts and Take Names with 21st Century ACME-Style Media Education
Rob Williams, Action Coalition for Media Educators

Who Stole the Sexual Revolution? Kids, Marketing and the Politics of Sex
Carl Bybee and Debra Merskin, University of Oregon

How to Teach Youth about their Consumer Culture
Tim Kasser, Knox College, author, the High Price of Materialism
Velma LaPoint, Howard University
Garland Waller, Boston University
Tim Rairdon, Knox College

The Wondershop: Nurturing Creative Thinkers in a Commercial World
Ginger Carlson, author, Child of Wonder

“Come In and Play!”: How Social Networks Exploit Young Children
Richard Freed, child/adolescent psychologist, private practice

Airwaves & Activism
Lynn Ziegler, author, Spongeheadz: U & Media

4:05-4:10 Welcome from Wheelock President Jackie Jenkins-Scott

4:10-4:35 Plenary Session 4

Hyper-Consumerism and Ecological Crisis
Juliet Schor, author, Born to Buy

4:35-5:00 Plenary Session 5
Come on People: African Americans and Toxic Marketing
Alvin F. Poussaint

7:30 Only Children: A Concert Reading and Roundtable: Sex Sells. Who's Buying?
The performance will be followed by an interactive roundtable discussion involving the playwrights, CCFC's Enola Aird and Diane Levin, Sophie Godley of Aids Action Committee and other experts. A reception hosted by Wheelock College will follow.


9:00 Reception ~ Upper Rotunda


Saturday ~ April 5

9:00-9:10 Welcoming Remarks Susan and Audrey Duck

9:15-10:05 Plenary Session 6

So You Thought Child Pornography was Illegal: How the Porn Industry Sexualizes Children and Encourages Child Sexual Abuse.
Gail Dines, co-author, Pornography: The Production and Consumption of Inequality

The Impact of Pseudo-Sexualization on Boys, and Why Men Need to Challenge It
Joe Kelly, author, Dads and Daughters

10:10-11:00 Plenary Session 7
The Failure of Self-regulation, from Big Alcohol to Big Food
Michele Simon, The Marin Institute; author, Appetite for Profit

Transforming the U.S. Media: Commercial-Free at Last
Allen Kanner, co-editor, Psychology and Consumer Culture

11:20-12:35 Breakout Session C
Media Violence as a Form of Child Abuse: How Schools Can Protect Children Against it With Success
Jacques Brodeur EDUPAX

The Impact of Sexualization on Classroom Culture, Teaching and Learning...and What to Do about It
Diane Levin, coauthor, So Sexy So Soon

Children, Digital Environments, and the Law: Moving Forward to Protect Public Health
Jason Smith & Robert J. L. Moore, Public Health Advocacy Institute

Capitalism on the Couch: A Psychological Analysis of Economic Systems and Their Impact on Children
Allen Kanner, co-editor, Psychology and Consumer Culture
Tim Kasser, author, the High Price of Materialism

The Importance of Educating Parents on Kids’ 24/7 Media Lives
Laura Martinez, Common Sense Media

12:40-1:45 Buffet Lunch ~ Upper Rotunda
Informal networking groups including
Media Literacy Educators

Conference Attendees Working on Issues Related to the Sexualization of Children

Corporate America and Youth Marketing: Encouraging Change through Socially Responsible Investing and Other Strategies with Reed Montague, Calvert Group and Josh Golin, CCFC

1:50-2:40 Plenary Session 8
Capitalism, Commercialism, and Children's well-being: Empirical Analyses Across Wealthy Nations
Tim Kasser, author, the High Price of Materialism

Corporate Sleaze and Community Complacency - Waking up Australia!
Julie Gale, Kids Free 2 B Kids(Australia)

2:45-3:35 Plenary Session 9
Consumer Culture and the Obstacles Parents Face
Nancy Carlsson-Paige, author, Taking Back Childhood

Lifting Our Sights and Our Spirits: Confronting the Commodification of Children
Enola Aird, Activist Mother

3:40-3:55 Reclaiming Childhood from Corporate Marketers Josh Golin

4:-00-5:00 Book signing and reception

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