Playful Visions: Children’s Media Culture before Screen Time
March 12, 2021. 2:00 PM CT.
Dr. Meredith A. Bak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University-Camden. She researches historical and contemporary children’s media, toys, and popular conceptions about technology and play. Bak will be leading a workshop about nineteenth-century optical toys and illusions—kids’ media before screen time. She will also be in conversation with SoHE Associate Professor Heather Kirkorian, Laura M. Secord Chair in Early Childhood Development, Faculty Director of the Child Development Lab, and Director of the Cognitive Development and Media Lab, to discuss how early optical toys set the stage for the aspirations and anxieties we associate with children’s media today.
Event is free and open to the public thanks to the support of The Anonymous Fund, but advanced registration is required. In order to prepare for the workshop component of the event, please review workshop materials below before Friday the 12th.