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Why Black not Blue? Revising & Reimagining Children’s Picture Books in the Age of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Movement Tue. October 30th, 2018
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
at Clark Hall 206
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Is the cat in Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat Black? Is presenting images of enslaved people smiling ever appropriate in children’s literature? What is the impact of personifying a bad mood in blackface in a picture book? …Read more.

Richard Rothstein: The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America Tue. October 30th, 2018
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
at Jerry Sue Thornton Center, Ford Room 2500 East 22nd St., Cleveland, OH 44115
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Richard Rothstein, is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Rothstein is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America. …Read more.

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Past Events

Event Date Summary
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: Diversity in Children’s Picture Books Sun. June 24th, 2018
10:00 am-12:00 pm

This family-friendly discussion, led by Dr. Cara Byrne, Research Adviser on Diverse Children’s Literature at the Schubert Center, will focus on diversity in children’s picture books. We will discuss how picture books can take us to new places and we will learn about contemporary picture books that celebrate historically-underrepresented groups. …Read more.

Science as Social Change: The Woman who Saved Flint’s Children Fri. June 22nd, 2018
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

This event is hosted and organized by the City Club of Cleveland. The Schubert Center for Child Studies is a community partner for this event.
A few years ago, the country watched in horror as the national media descended on Flint, Michigan. …Read more.

Improving the Life Chances of Disadvantaged Mothers and Children with Prenatal and Early Childhood Home-Visiting by Nurses Fri. June 15th, 2018
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

This event is hosted and organized by the City Club of Cleveland. The Schubert Center for Child Studies is a community partner for this event.
Infant mortality rates, defined as the death of a baby before his or her first birthday, have declined 15 percent between 2004 and 2015, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. …Read more.

International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education Tue. May 22nd, 2018
9:00 am-5:00 pm

Bridging the Divide in Polarized Societies
Tuesday – Friday, May 22 – 25, 2018
The International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) is an opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and research. …Read more.

Cleveland: A Community Committed to Our Children Fri. April 27th, 2018
8:00 am-6:00 pm

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University, the Center is convening individuals committed to child well-being in order to promote healthy child and adolescent development by exploring the context of how children grow up. …Read more.

Abstinence-Only-Until Marriage: The Politics of Contraception and Sex Education Thu. March 22nd, 2018
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

In her talk, Iris Harvey, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Board Member of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will demonstrate that public policy regarding how sex education is taught in our schools is driven more by the desire to promote conservative values rather than making evidence-based decisions.  …Read more.

No Más Bebés: Film & Conversation with Producer/Researcher Virginia Espino Wed. March 21st, 2018
6:00 pm-8:30 pm

They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized. So begins the incredibly moving tales of the women chronicled in No Más Bebés(No More Babies), a heartbreaking documentary film based on the research of Latinx historian Virginia Espino.

A Cleveland Humanities Festival event hosted by the Social Justice Institute and sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the Schubert Center for Child Studies, the Alianza Latina/Latino Alliance, SAVE (Sexual Assault and Violence Educators), Latino Medical Student Association, and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.

Marian Wright Edelman – Inamori Ethics Prize Recipient Thu. September 14th, 2017
9:00 am-8:00 pm

Each year the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence gathers the community to honor an international exemplar of ethical leadership with the Inamori Ethics Prize. Case Western Reserve will present the 2017 Inamori Ethics Prize to Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-based Children’s Defense Fund, during Inamori Center events on the Case Western Reserve campus, Sept. 14-15, 2017.

To register for the events, please visit the Inamori Ethics Center website here.

Lom Nava Love Documentary Screening: A Community Partner Event Sat. May 6th, 2017
1:30 pm-4:30 pm

The National Rites of Passage Institute (NROPI) and the Youth Resiliency Institute (YRI) present a community screening of Lom Nava Love, a documentary centered on the work of Baltimore-based public housing community organizer Shirley Foulks and the residents of Baltimore, Maryland and East Cleveland, Ohio. The film is directed by East Cleveland native/YRI co-founder Fanon Hill, with original music performed by internationally renowned singer-songwriter/YRI co-founder/East Cleveland native Navasha Daya.

From Strategies to Solutions – Cleveland’s Evolving Story of Improving Youth & Police Interactions Tue. April 18th, 2017
11:30 am-1:00 pm

Lisa Thurau
Executive Director of Strategies for Youth
Panelists Include:

Amanda King
Founder, Shooting Without Bullets

Michael Walker
Executive Director, Partnership for a Safer Cleveland
Cleveland Division of Police Representative
To Be Confirmed
This forum will highlight multiple efforts undertaken to make systemic improvements in how police officers engage with children since the fatal police shooting of 12-year old Tamir Rice and the subsequent consent decree between the U.S. …Read more.

Whose Country Is This? Undocumented Migrant Children and Youth in the United States after the 2016 Presidential Election Tue. March 28th, 2017
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Susan Terrio, PhD
Professor of Anthropology and French Studies
Georgetown University
Following the 2014 surge of Central American and Mexican children across the U.S.-Mexican border and the 2016 election of a president committed to ending illegal immigration, Terrio charts the ongoing legal, political and social challenges they face after apprehension by immigration authorities and release into U.S. …Read more.

Fear and Silence in Burma and Indonesia: Comparing Two National Tragedies and Tracing Possible Pathways Towards Resilience Thu. March 23rd, 2017
11:45 am-12:30 pm

Seinenu Thein-Lemelson, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar at the Institute of Personality and Social Research (IPSR) at the University of California in Berkeley, will be giving a presentation on a paper which examines two historic national tragedies in Southeast Asia: one in Burma, the other in Indonesia. She will discuss several key factors that were identified in the paper to contribute to resilient and positive individual outcome, including social embedded-ness and support; a sense of coherence; a sense of meaning and purpose; a high sense of agency; continued communication with the larger community (a lack of silence); an ability to self-regulate through goal-setting; and cultural explanatory models that support a productive engagement with fear.

Making the Transition to Adulthood: Lessons in Experience, Identity and Inequality Tue. March 7th, 2017
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

The inaugural Kessler-Freedheim lecture, in honor of Dr. Jane Kessler, Professor of Psychology and former Director of the Mental Development Center, and Dr. Donald Freedheim, Emeritus Professor of Psychology and former Director of the Schubert Center. …Read more.

Co-Sponsored Event: Pasta for CASA: Empathy & Action for Youth Impacted by Foster Care Wed. March 1st, 2017
6:30 pm-9:00 pm


Why is foster care a social justice issue?  Why do LGBT youth face additional barriers in the foster care system?  Enjoy a delicious dinner for a cause as we raise money for Court Appointed Special Advocates and hear personal stories of resilience from panelists, including NY Times bestselling author Paula McLain and activist Kevinee Gilmore.  …Read more.

Material Life Circumstances And Children’s Subjective Well-Being: Cross-National Comparisons of 16 Countries Thu. February 9th, 2017
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

Daphna Gross-Manos, PhD in Social Work
Postdoctoral Scholar, CWRU Anthropology Department
Postdoctoral Scholar, Daphna Gross-Manos, PhD, will discuss the relationship between material situation and happiness among children using the findings of the International Survey of Children’s Well-Being. …Read more.

Why Are Our Young Children Being Expelled and Suspended in Preschool, and Why Are Some of Our Children At Such Greater Risk? Tue. November 29th, 2016
11:30 am-1:00 pm

Walter S. Gilliam, PhD
Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology
Director, Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy
Yale University Child Study Center
Dr. …Read more.

Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: A Community Partner Event with the City Club of Cleveland Thu. November 10th, 2016
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

This event is hosted and organized by the City Club of Cleveland. The Schubert Center for Child Studies is a community partner for this event.
Founder and Executive Director, Fred T. …Read more.

Combating the Lead Poisoning Crisis in Cleveland: Community Partner Event with The City Club of Cleveland Fri. October 21st, 2016
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

This event is hosted and organized by the City Club of Cleveland. The Schubert Center for Child Studies is a community partner for this event. …Read more.

How Children View Their Worlds: Children’s Subjective Well-Being in 19 Countries Tue. October 11th, 2016
11:30 am-1:00 pm

Dr. Sabine Andresen
Professor, Institut für Sozialpädagogik und Erwachsenenbildung, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main

Dr. Asher Ben-Arieh
Director, the Haruv Institute
Editor in Chief, Child Indicators Research (CIR)
Co-Chair, International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI)
The Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Dr. …Read more.

Co-Sponsored Event – Infant Mortality in Social Contexts: Cuyahoga County and Beyond Thu. September 29th, 2016
8:00 am-10:00 am

Andrea Trembath, MD MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Center for Child Health and Policy
UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Angela Newman-White, MA
Supervisor, Child & Family Health Services, Cuyahoga County Board of Health
David Hackney, MD, MS
Division Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital
Mistie Winkfield Hughes, CNM, IBCLC, MSN
Co-chair, MacDonald and Rainbow Maternal/Infant Mortality Task Force, UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital
Lawrence C. …Read more.

Resilience in Adversity: Promoting Positive Outcomes for Maltreated Children Thu. April 14th, 2016
11:30 am-1:00 pm

Megan Holmes, PhD
Assistant Professor, Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Adam T. Perzynski, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Center for Health Care Research and Policy
The MetroHealth System
Julia Kobulsky

Doctoral Candidate
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Susan Yoon
Doctoral Candidate
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Although maltreated children are at heightened risk of developing behavioral, social, and academic problems, as well as adolescent substance use, not all maltreated children display such problems. …Read more.

Suicide in Children and Adolescents: Challenges and Priorities for Intervention Tue. March 22nd, 2016
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Jeff Bridge, PhD
Principal Investigator, Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 5 to 19 years in the United States.Dr. …Read more.

Lisa Damour and Mark Joseph Book Talk Mon. March 14th, 2016
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Join Faculty Associates Lisa Damour and Mark Joseph as they dicuss their recently released books.

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood introduces a new way for parents to talk about—and with—teenage girls. Untangled outlines seven distinct developmental strands that girls must navigate as they become adults and helps parents make sense of girls’ sometimes confusing or challenging adolescent behavior.

Integrating the Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation examines Chicago’s Plan for Transformation, a public-private venture to transform high-poverty public housing complexes into mixed-income developments, the largest-scale such effort in the U.S.  Chaskin and Joseph find that while considerable progress has been made in dramatically transforming the complexes physically, the social environment in the new developments is generally characterized by the continued exclusion and marginalization of the low-income residents, which illuminates the challenges and limitations of mixed-income communities as a solution to urban poverty.

Brown Gold: African-American Children’s Literature as a Genre of Resistance Thu. February 18th, 2016
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Michelle Martin, PhD
Professor of Children’s Literature, University of South Carolina
In 1969 Langston Hughes’s Black Misery was published posthumously, a children’s book that speaks candidly about the discrimination and misfortunes that African-American children face daily.  …Read more.

Innovative Partnerships for Healthy Children and Youth Tue. January 12th, 2016
11:30 am-1:00 pm

Christine Alexander-Rager, MD
Chairman of Family Medicine, MetroHealth

Nazha Abughali, MD, FAAP
Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Foster Care Program, MetroHealth
This panel presentation will describe Metro Health’s approach to ensuring access to healthy care for children and young people, and how partnerships with the Department of Children and Family Services and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District have assisted in this approach. …Read more.

Co-Sponsored Event: “Integrating the Inner City Through Mixed-Income Development” Fri. November 20th, 2015
12:30 pm-1:30 pm

The Schubert Center for Child Studies co-sponsored the Center for Policy Studies’ Friday lunch discussion, “Integrating the Inner City Through Mixed-Income Development” on November 20, 2015.  The talk featured Mark Joseph, Associate Professor at MSASS and Director, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities; Taryn Gross, Program Manager for the Initiative; and Emily Miller, Project Coordinator for the Initiative. …Read more.

Co-Sponsored Event: Social Justice Institute’s “Think Tank 2015” Sat. November 14th, 2015
9:00 am-6:30 pm

The Schubert Center is co-sponsoring the Social Justice Institute’s “Think Tank 2015,” which will occur Thursday, November 12- Saturday, November 14. The Think Tank will kick off with a screening of the film Finding the Gold, continue with a keynote address by Angela Y. …Read more.

Building a Medical and Legal Team for Child Advocacy Thu. November 12th, 2015
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

Sylvia Caley, JD
Associate Clinical Professor
Georgia State University College of Law

Robert Pettignano, MD
Clinical Professor
Medical Director, Campus Operations Medical Champion, HeLP
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Medical-Legal Partnerships are a unique interdisciplinary strategy to address health-harming legal needs of individuals. …Read more.

Exploring the Impact of Foster Care and Juvenile Justice Involvement on Future Youth Outcomes Thu. November 5th, 2015
11:30 am-1:00 pm

Claudia Coulton, PhD, MSW
Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Research & Social Change
Associate Dean for Research & Training
Co-director, Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development
Case Western Reserve University
This talk discusses a study that reports on 9th graders that attended CMSD in 2005-2008. …Read more.

The Fish vs. the Fisherman: Equipping Youth with the Tools to Thrive Thu. October 1st, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Annemarie Grassi, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, Open Doors Academy
The social sector has historically been more heavily focused on handing out “fish”, rather than engaging in efforts that create long-term, deep impact change. …Read more.

Co-Sponsored Event: Decision-Making in Child Protective Services: Perspectives from Israel and the U.S. Longscan Project Tue. April 14th, 2015
12:45 pm-2:00 pm

Merav Jedwab, PhD, MSW
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Maryland School of Social Work; The Haruv Institute, Hebrew University
Dr. Jedwab will discuss unique aspects of Child Protection Services in Israel. …Read more.

Assessing and Responding to Violence Risk in Juveniles Fri. March 27th, 2015
8:00 am-9:00 am

Friday, March 27, 2015

Charles Scott, MD
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, University of California, Davis;
Chief, Division of Psychiatry and the Law, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Services, University of California, Davis
Dr. …Read more.

Of Interest: How Science Became Child’s Play: Childhood and Public Science in the 20th-Century United States Fri. March 27th, 2015
2:00 pm-3:00 pm

On March 27 the History Department at Case Western Reserve University is hosting Rebecca Onion, a history writer for Slate and visiting scholar at Ohio University. The title of her talk is “How Science Became Child’s Play: Childhood and Public Science in the 20th-Century United States.”
Americans often think that kids used to love science, but today are too distracted. …Read more.

Partner Event: Bryan Stevenson, “Let’s Talk About Injustice: A Community Conversation” Thu. March 19th, 2015
7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Thursday, March 19, 2015
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Bryan A. Stephenson
Founder and Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative
This free Community Conversation, hosted by Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation, will feature Bryan A. …Read more.

2014-2015 Mather Salon Series: Girls, Poverty and Education Wed. February 25th, 2015
9:30 am-10:30 am

About the Salon Series: Organized and supported through the generosity and efforts of the Community Advisory Board, this successful series featuring women faculty from CWRU is held in community homes and establishments and centers on issues of interest to the wider Cleveland community. …Read more.

Co-Sponsored Event: Second Annual Gender, Youth & Social Justice Event: A Journey Through Juvenile Justice, Policy & Education Tue. February 10th, 2015
4:00 pm-7:00 pm

From PHD to Ph.D.
A performance by Dr. Elaine Richardson that illustrates traumatic events that can lead girls into the juvenile justice system and dangerous lifestyles; followed by a panel discussion featuring Gabriella Celeste, Schubert Center for Child Studies and Maria Miranada, Revolution Planner. …Read more.

A Night of Film and Discussion with Adoption Network Cleveland Thu. February 5th, 2015
6:30 pm-9:00 pm

Screenings of:
A Simple Piece of Paper**
An Adoptee ROARed in Ohio: The Betsie Norris Story**

Betsie Norris
Executive Director, Adoption Network Cleveland

Zoe Breen Wood, PhD
Assistant Professor, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, CWRU
and Denise Barone, Birthmother
**Featured at the 2014 Cleveland International Film Festival
Read more about this event. …Read more.

Of Play and Prejudice: The Implications of Racism in Early Childhood Tue. November 18th, 2014
11:30 am-1:00 pm

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Tuppett Yates, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of California
CWRU Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom B
11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
With community respondents:

Sandra Russ, PhD
Professor of Psychological Sciences, CWRU

Constance Walker, MSSA
Manager, Boys’ Project, Starting Point
Download the accompanying issue brief, “Play, Discrimination and Implicit Bias in Early Childhood: Implications for Child Development.”
Read more about this event. …Read more.

Youth and Violence: The Ultimate Health Disparity Thu. October 23rd, 2014
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Thursday, October 23, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Edward Barksdale, MD
Vice Chairman, Department of Pediatric Surgery, UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Rainbow Amphitheater, UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
2101 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, OH, 44106
Dr. …Read more.

Sexual Orientation and Parenting: Research and Policy Issues Tue. September 23rd, 2014
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Charlotte Patterson, PhD
Professor of Psychology; Director, Women, Gender & Sexuality Program, University of Virginia
Wolstein Research Building Auditorium
2103 Cornell Road, Cleveland, OH, 44106
Dr.  …Read more.

A Conversation Circle for Parents and Caregivers: LGBTQ Issues Tue. September 23rd, 2014
10:00 am-11:30 am

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
10:00 – 11:30 AM

LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

6600 Detroit Ave. Cleveland, OH 44102
Are you an LGBTQ parent or parenting an LGBTQ child? …Read more.

Co-Sponsored Event: How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success Mon. May 19th, 2014
7 pm-9 pm

Monday, May 19, 2014
7:00PM to 9:00PM

Tovah Klein,
Director, Barnard College Center for Toddler Development
Siegal Beachwood Facility
26500 Shaker Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44122
What makes a child succeed or wander into an unfulfilled adulthood? …Read more.

Cleveland Film Fest: “The Dark Matter of Love” Mon. March 24th, 2014
12:45 pm-2:30 pm

The Schubert Center is a proud film sponsor of “The Dark Matter of Love,” a documentary that connects the research of developmental psychologist Dr. Robert Marvin with a family building relationships with their newly-adopted children. …Read more.

Youth and Violence: Understanding Risk, Response and Recovery Thu. February 27th, 2014
11 am-1 am

James Adams
CEO, Geauga Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services
Jean Frank, MPH
Manager, Community Initiatives, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods
Jeff Kretschmar, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Begun Center for Violence Prevention and Research Education, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Thursday, February 27, 2014
11:30am to 1:00pm
Mandel Center 105
11402 Bellflower Court, Cleveland, OH
The Schubert Center Conversation Series connects CWRU faculty, students and staff, visiting researchers, practice and policy experts, and community members whose work impacts children, young people and families. …Read more.

Enhancing Early Literacy in High Risk Populations: The Partnership of Pediatricians and Public Libraries Thu. January 23rd, 2014
12 pm-1 pm

Robert Needlman, MD
Professor, School of Medicine
Pediatric Physician, MetroHealth
Sari Feldman
Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library
Linda J. …Read more.

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