A panel of parents and education experts, including the "Tiger Mom", debate the role of parenting. Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen, Erika Christakis, Lori Gottlieb, Ellen Galinsky, Amy Chua are in discussion. Location: Paepcke Auditorium
Erika Christakis is an early childhood educator and Harvard College administrator. Her professional life is rooted at the intersection of schools, families, and communities, where for many years she has worked as a teacher, preschool director, public health advocate, and educational consultant. A passionate supporter of progressive education, she has served on the boards of several K-12 schools and community-based organizations. She writes a weekly column for TIME.com, and her work on the developmental needs of children and young people and diverse other topics has been featured on ABC’s “Nightline,” CNN.com, Huffington Post, and in the Financial Times and Boston Globe.
Amy Chua is the John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her 2011 memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an international best-seller and has been translated into 30 languages. In 2011, Chua was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people, and she received the Yale Law School’s best teaching award. Chua joined the Yale Law School faculty in 2001. Prior to entering academics in 1994, she practiced law with the Wall Street firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Her first book, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability was a New York Times best-seller and was selected by both The Economist and the UK’s Guardian as a best book of 2003. Her second book, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance – and Why They Fall, was a critically acclaimed Foreign Affairs best-seller.
Lawrence J. Cohen is a psychologist and author of Playful Parenting, an award-winning book about nurturing close connections, solving behavior problems, and encouraging children’s confidence. Cohen also co-authored The Art of Roughhousing; Mom, They’re Teasing Me; and Best Friends, Worst Enemies. He consults with families, schools, after-school programs, and corporations. Cohen is on the advisory board of the Blue School and a member of the Playskool Play Panel. He is currently writing a book for Random House about the playful parenting approach to helping children with anxiety, worries, and fears.
Ellen Galinsky is co-founder and president of Families and Work Institute (FWI), where she co-directs the National Study of the Changing Workforce, the most comprehensive nationally representative study of the US workforce. She co-directs When Work Works, a project on workplace flexibility and effectiveness first funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that has produced a series of research papers. Galinsky has launched the Sloan Awards and conducted the National Study of Employers, a study that has tracked trends in employment benefits, policies, and practices since 1998. She helped establish the field of work and family life while at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for 25 years. Her more than 45 books and reports include Mind in the Making, Ask The Children, and The Six Stages of Parenthood. She has published over 125 articles in academic journals, books, and magazines.
Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and the New York Times best-selling author of Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough, a surprising look at modern love, marriage, and what really matters for romantic happiness. A New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, the book was an international best-seller and has been translated into 14 languages. A contributing editor for The Atlantic, Gottlieb has also written for such publications as The New York Times, TIME, People, Elle, and Slate. Gottlieb has been featured on “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The Early Show,” CNN, “Dr. Phil,” “Entertainment Tonight,” Oprah Radio, and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.” She is a parenting expert for Lifetime Moms and contributes to NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “This American Life.” Her Atlantic cover story, “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy,” was the most widely recommended piece in the history of the magazine.