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HOFSTRA CULTURAL CENTER presents a symposium

Child's Play, Children's Pleasures:

Interdisciplinary Explorations

in cooperation with the School of Education, Health and Human Services

Friday and Saturday
March 19 and 20, 2010

The Hofstra Cultural Center, in cooperation with the School of Education, Health and Human Services, is sponsoring a two-day interdisciplinary symposium focused on children's toys, games, dolls and play activities on March 19th and 20th, 2010. The event compliments the Hofstra University Museum's spring exhibition, "Children's Pleasures: American Celebrations of Childhood" featuring historic and contemporary art works by American artists depicting children and a display of historic toys.

Online Registration is Closed | You May Register On-Site

Play is not only a source of pleasure for children but presents diverse opportunities for learning. This symposium serves as a forum for stimulating and disseminating research on the historical, sociological, anthropological, psychological and educational study of children's development from infancy to age 12 through play activities, dolls, toys, and games. Additionally, the symposium focuses attention on artistic and literary depictions of children at play.

The symposium invites the attendance and participation of university faculty, independent scholars, museum curators, librarians, antiques dealers and toy collectors, school teachers, university students and interested members of the general public. A complete schedule of panels and events, as well as information about how to register, can be found in the symposium registration program.

For more information contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at (516) 463-5669, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Symposium Director:

Donna R. Barnes, Ed.D
Professor of Education
Hofstra University

Symposium Coordinator:
Deborah Lom
Assistant Director for Conferences and Special Events
Hofstra Cultural Center

Call for Papers

Thank you to the staff of the Strong National Museum of Play and the American Journal of Play.

American Journal of Playl logo

Peer-reviewed and written in a clear, straightforward style, the American Journal of Play is the first interdisciplinary quarterly dedicated solely to the study of play. Providing thought-provoking content from some of the most prominent national researchers and writers in the field, the Journal provides a forum for understanding the role of play in learning and human development, and the ways in which play illuminates American cultural history.

The American Journal of Play, a publication of Strong National Museum of Play, is written for a wide readership—educators, psychologists, play therapists, sociologists, anthropologists, folklorists, historians, museum professionals, toy and game designers, policy makers, and others interested in children and the importance of play—who consider play for different reasons and from different perspectives. Filled with articles, essays, interviews, and book reviews, each issue of the Journal allows readers to thoroughly explore the meaningful connections that exist among the many play disciplines.

Subscriptions for individuals and institutions are available at www.americanjournalofplay.org.