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Consuming Kids event at Detroit Waldorf

Interesting event tonight if you're in or around Detroit...The Detroit Waldorf School is hosting a film screening and panel discussion of Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood at 6:30 p.m.

The film highlights the predatory marketing practices used on children. Afterward, the panel will talk about the film and answer questions.

The panelists include:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Goodenough, a scholar and activist in the emerging field of children's studies.
  • Dr. Linda Williams, an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University and former Detroit Waldorf class teacher.
  • Lottie Spady, the Education Director of the East Michigan Environmental Action Council.
  • Dr. Joan Lessen-Firestone, the Director of Early Childhood at Oakland Intermediate School District in Oakland County

Here's more about the movie: 

Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car. Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children's advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation, showing how youth marketers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world. Consuming Kids pushes back against the wholesale commercialization of childhood, raising urgent questions about the ethics of children's marketing and its impact on the health and well-being of kids.

The Detroit Waldorf School is located in Historic Indian Village at 2555 Burns Ave., Detroit. For more information, call 313-822-0300 or visit http://www.detroitwaldorf.org.

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