March 13, 2019 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

King’s will be honouring the 20th anniversary of the Childhood and Social Institutions program, during “20 Years of CSI at King’s – A Celebration,” to be held on Saturday, March 23 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm in Labatt Hall LH105.

 “The CSI program is thrilled to host this 20 year anniversary event which celebrates not just the program, but our students.  We have, over the last 20 years, engaged with some of the best and brightest at King’s and we are looking forward to positioning their experiences as central in this celebration,” says Dr. Sally McNamee, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Programs, Childhood and Social Institutions Program.

The event will begin with a breakfast, sponsored by King’s Alumni and Development, followed by a welcome from Dr. Sauro Camiletti, Interim Principal and Academic Dean.

Dr. Alan Pomfret will serve as keynote speaker, speaking on “The pasts before us: Working with 21st Century childhoods.”  It was Dr. Pomfret who created the course in 1999. Before retiring last year, he was a King’s faculty member for over 30 years and he continues to be part of the program as a part-time lecturer.

“There would have been no CSI program without him,” says Dr. McNamee.

There will also be two different panels as part of the event. The first, entitled “Remembering CSI: What it meant to me” panel, will unite current and former CSI students to share their memories of the program and to reflect on how it has impacted their lives. There will also be a Life After King’s panel, featuring alumni from the CSI program between 2007-2017.

Current CSI students will also be represented during the event. Dr. Wendy Crocker’s CSI 2291 Childhood and Community class will be showing their storefront displays. (Students will be displaying posters and attendees can drop into the “store” and ask students about their connection to a particular community organization and its relationship with childhood.) Dr. Sam Frankel’s CSI 3351 class will be screening their “Ted Talk” presentations and his class CSI 3353: Childhood Advocacy Internationally will offer presentations of course work. Several of Dr. Patrick Ryan’s CSI 3361: Understanding Changing Childhoods students will be presenting their research posters.

Dr. McNamee say she has had almost 100 graduates and current students indicate they will attend, with more acceptances coming.

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