Contact: Kim Jarigese, 277-1176 or
Laurie Mellas-Ramirez, 277-5915

February 26, 2001


National experts on children and youth are featured lecturers at the University of New Mexico's 21st Century Speakers Series "Our Children's Future: Issues on Health, Education, Literacy and Technology" held Friday evenings in March and April at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center, 1634 University Blvd.

On Friday, March 9, family psychologist John Rosemond presents "Bringing out the Best in Children" drawn both from personal experience as a parent and more than 20 years of counseling parents concerning school performance and classroom behavior. Rosemond's acclaimed parenting column is syndicated in approximately 200 newspapers nationwide. He is the author of nine best-selling books.

On Friday, March 30, child advocate Kati Haycock presents "Learning to Learn: Strategies and Models for Educational Reform." Haycock will highlight communities and states that are improving student achievement and closing gaps between groups, focusing on the importance of good teaching. Haycock serves as director of the Education Trust in Washington, D.C. She has served as executive vice president of the Children's Defense Fund, the nation's largest child advocacy organization.

On Friday, April 6, Herman D'Hooge of the Intel Smart Toy Lab presents "Exploring New Uses of Technology for Learning and Playing." D'Hooge notes that the debate has shifted from whether technology should be used in toys and education to how it will transform the way children play and learn. D'Hooge is one of the founding fathers of the Smart Toy Lab, which began in 1998. During his 19 years with Intel he has held positions as developer, architect, engineering manager and research director.

On Friday, April 20, education correspondent for National Public Radio Claudio Sanchez presents "Our Changing Schools: A Reporter's Perspective." Sanchez has written and produced award-winning work on local and national issues. A former elementary and middle school teacher, Sanchez today focuses on the "three p's" of education reform: politics, policy and pedagogy.

On Friday, April 27, nationally recognized motivational speaker Ann Forts presents "A Brave New World: New Opportunities for Children with DisABILITIES." Forts will discuss how her "Up" syndrome philosophy on life has enabled her to live a happy and satisfying life not generally expected of someone with Down Syndrome. Forts was recently appointed to her 3rd term as a member of the President's Committee on Retardation. She is the recipient of numerous awards.

Tickets are $10 general and $5 for students (with identification). For advance tickets call 277-0077. Receive a 10 percent discount if registering for all lectures.

Tickets will be sold at the door 30 minutes prior to the presentations, which begin at 7:30 p.m. followed by question and answer periods and/or book signings.

UNM introduced the 21st Century Speakers Series to serve the community and to welcome the new millennium. The series began during the spring 2000 semester with a theme of peace and featured three Nobel Peace Laureates: Betty Williams, Oscar Arias and Adolfo Perez Esquivel.

For more information, call Kim Jarigese, 277-1176,



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