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Expert in Children's Learning, Development Next Speaker in Threshold Series June 2

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Posted: Thursday May 15, 2014

May 15, 2014

Dr. Alison Gopnik, an internationally recognized leader in the study of children’s learning, will be the next presentation in the Saint Vincent College Threshold Series at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 2 at the New Hazlett Theater Center for Performing Arts, 6 Allegheny Square East, on the historic northside, Pittsburgh.

The lecture is being presented in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media.

Admission is free to the lecture but reservations are required. Persons requesting tickets should send their name, address, daytime phone (include area code) and number of tickets requested to the Threshold Box Office at threshold@stvincent.edu. All reservations will be confirmed by return email. Please note that tickets will be held at the box office for pickup upon arrival for the presentation; no tickets are mailed in advance.

Gopnik is professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. She was the first to argue that children’s minds could help us understand deep philosophical questions.

She received her bachelor of arts degree from McGill University and her Ph.D. from Oxford University.

She is the author or co-author of more than 100 journal articles and several books including Words, thoughts and theories (MIT Press, 1997), and the bestselling and critically acclaimed popular books The Scientist in the Crib (William Morrow, 1999) and The Philosophical Baby: What children’s minds tell us about love, truth and the meaning of life (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2009).

She writes the Mind and Matter science column for The Wall Street Journal. She has also written widely about cognitive science and psychology for Science, The New York Times, Scientific American, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Review of Books, New Scientist and Slate, among others. She has frequently appeared on TV and radio including “The Charlie Rose Show” and “The Colbert Report.”

She has three sons and one grandson and lives in Berkeley, California with her husband Alvy Ray Smith.

Saint Vincent College established the Threshold Lecture Series in 1981 when the Kennametal Foundation of Latrobe made a substantial grant to the College for the creation of an ongoing series of lectures and cultural events.

Previous Threshold speakers have included Carl Sagan; a Time magazine panel consisting of Hugh Sidey, Strobe Talbott and John Stacks; Amitai Etzioni; Alvin Toffler; Dixy Lee Ray; Donald Johanson; Isaac Asimov; Claire Bloom; Lawrence Stone; Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B.; Alex Haley; Robert Claiborne; Arthur B. Laffer; Richard E. Morley and William A. Taylor; May Sarton; Mark Littman; Jehan Sadat; Tom Wolfe; Michael Kammen; Martin E. Marty; Lt. General James A. Abrahamson; Seymour M. Hersh; Stephen F. Cohen; Joyce Carol Oates; Estelle R. Ramey; Jeane J. Kirkpatrick; Stanley L. Jaki, O.S.B.; Ralph Nader; Daniel Callahan; Robert Jarvik; John E. Chubb; John Noble Wilford; Ronald A. Morse; Thomas Sowell; Michael Medved; Jane Bryant Quinn; Harold S. Kushner; James Q. Wilson; Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; James Burke; Bernard S. Siegal; Peter B. Dervan; Milton Katselas; Bill Moyers; Peter Stearns; Dean Ornish; Mary Pipher; Robert Munsch; Herbert S. Benson; Michael Turner; Susan Stamberg; Mike Jensen; Archduke Rudolph of Austria; Roger Cossack; Stanley Hauerwas; Regina Carter; Heinz-Joachim Fischer; Jonathan Kozol; Gilbert Meilaender; John Haught; Richard Louv; Steven Strogatz; Robert Putnam; Jerome Oetgen; Benjamin Zander; Colleen Carroll Campbell; Neil deGrasse Tyson; Arthur T. Downey; Jere Longman; Douglas A. Anderson; John Spike; Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J.; and Paul Tough.

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Photo: Dr. Alison Gopnik

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