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Wednesday, March 29, 2000

"The Emotional Miseducation of Boys" Subject of April 7 Lecture

SALISBURY, MD---Dr. Dan Kindlon, co-author of Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, discusses "The Emotional Miseducation of Boys," the keynote presentation for the Eastern Shore Institute for the Advancement of Thinking Consortium's "Symposium '00" on Friday, April 7, at Salisbury State University.

The ESIAT mission is to advance education for thinking by helping educators, students, parents and community members develop an understanding of the fundamental role of thinking in the overall teaching and learning process and help its constituents teach children and youth how to use thinking processes to achieve success in school and life.

Member organizations include SSU, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Wor-Wic Community College, Salisbury School, Worcester Country School, and Somerset County, Wicomico County and Worcester County public schools.

In addition to the 4:30 p.m. keynote address, breakout sessions (6-7 p.m.) will be held on "Prevention of Emotional Problems in Boys," "Classroom Connections" and "A Discussion on Gender Differences: Nature vs. Nurture."

Kindlon, a clinical and research psychologist specializing in the behavioral problems of children and adolescents, holds joint professorships in the Psychiatry Department of the Harvard Medical School and the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. For the past 12 years he has also been the psychologist consultant to an independent school in Boston for boys grades 7-12.

In Raising Cain Kindlon and co-author Dr. Michael Thompson examine the troubled inner world of boys in contemporary society. The authors explore how our culture socializes and miseducates boys to disregard their emotional lives. They also show how that miseducation plays out in boys' relationships with their parents, peers, schools and, ultimately, themselves.

The symposium registration fee, which includes materials, reception and dinner, is $35; ESIAT members, $30; and students, $15. Registration deadline is Monday, April 3.

For a registration form and a schedule of the day's activities or for more information please call Dr. George Whitehead of the SSU Department of Psychology at 410-543-6369.


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