Friday, April 8, 2022
1:30 – 5:30 (see below for specific event times)

Registration is required.  See registration form below.

1:30 – 2:30 PM

Event Title: Exploring the boundaries of “freedom of expression”: A panel event & luncheon featuring Dr. Dan Cook and Dr. Anthony Wright

The Problem of a Child’s “Right to Consume”

Dr. Dan Cook will explore the problem of a child’s “right to consume” in the context of children’s rights to freedom of expression, seeking to entangle these seemingly disparate notions and concerns. “Consumption” remains a multi-faceted and under-considered arena of children’s lives, implicating provision, protection and participation rights, among others This discussion seeks to introduce some ways that children’s rights to freedom of expression, freedom of thought, privacy, media access, standard of living, and play and cultural life may be put into conversations with what may or may not be thought of as a “right to consume.”

“Cherán Keri Libre”: The Politics of Intergenerationality among the Purépecha of Michoacán, México

Dr. Anthony Wright will discuss collaborative ethnographic research on youth political expression and dialogue that he is carrying out with a group of Indigenous Purépechan scholars and activists from the town of Cherán, Michoacán, México. Since 2011, Cherán has been the site of a major political movement focused on protecting the community from environmental exploitation, violence, and corruption among local politicians and police. The movement has given rise to an organization known as the Concejo de Jovenes (CJ), or the Youth Council, the goal of which is to promote active political expression and dialogue among the children and youth of Cherán. Dr. Wright will describe the ethic of intergenerationality that guides the activities of the CJ, arguing that it presents challenges not only to the kinds of adult-centered models of agency and political action that scholars in childhood studies have thoroughly criticized, but also to the child-centered alternatives the field has crafted in response.

This event will be offered as a hybrid event, though lunch will only be available to in-person attendees who register in advance. 

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Event title: What does “freedom of expression” mean?: A graduate student round table

Description: During this session, graduate students will have the opportunity to come together for a one-hour round table discussion on the child’s right to “freedom of expression.”  Faculty and staff are welcome to join in for the discussion, but the focus of this event will be for graduate students to discuss this topic in relation to their research interests. 

This event will only be offered in-person. 

4:30 – 5:30 PM

Event title: “Remember Mama, there are no mistakes”: Interactive collage workshop and daughter/mother expressive remix, led by Dr. Lauren Silver and her daughter, Kaia Silver-Schickel

Description: Dr. Silver and Kaia will present an intergenerational, interactive workshop that offers an iterative exploration of co-constructed creative expression. During the workshop, Dr. Silver and Kaia will share central themes of their creative work, some examples of their past and current projects, and original poetry about their experiences creating together, and the dynamic duo will guide participants through a collage making activity modeled after their artistic processes. Participants will create under the guidance of Dr. Silver and Kaia’s guiding principles, which are (1) there are no mistakes, “mess-ups” can be transformational; (2) reuse and recycle, art supplies can be found anywhere; and (3) civic engagement. 

This event will only be offered in-person. 

Date & Time
April 8, 2022
1:30 am-5:30 am