Children and Ideas

Please join us for a lecture by Susan Engel on reimagining education through the development of curiosity.

Do Children Have Ideas? 

Monday, April 15, 3:30-5:00pm
Letts Formal

This event will be of special interest to students, parents, teachers, and community members interested in reimagining education, the psychology and neuroscience of childhood development, intergenerational community building, and the empowerment of children.


Susan Engel is Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Founding Director of the Program in Teaching at Williams College. She specializes in the development of curiosity, children’s narratives, play, and more generally, teaching and learning. She is the author of seven previous books, including The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity in Childhood (2015) and, most recently, A School of Our Own: The Story of the First Student-Run High School and a New Vision for American Education (2016) which she co-wrote with her son Sam. Her essays have appeared in journals such as Cognitive DevelopmentHarvard Educational Review, and the American Education Research Journal, as well as in media outlets such as The New York TimesThe NationThe Atlantic MonthlySalonThe Huffington Post, and The Boston Globe. Susan is one of the founders of an experimental school in New York State, where she served as educational advisor for eighteen years.


This Lecture is co-sponsored by The Humanities Lab Working Group on Curiosity, Mindfulness, and Education; College of Arts and Sciences; Department of Literature; Department of Philosophy and Religion; Department of Psychology; Office of Undergraduate Education; and School of Education.

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