ARCHIVED: Consuming Kids: Thomas H. Wright Lecture 2009

The Thomas H. Wright Lecture, inaugurated in 1995, honors Thomas H. Wright's dedication to Sarah Lawrence and his long service on the Board of Trustees. An endowment, established by the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, funds the lecture.

Consuming Kids: 2009 Thomas H. Wright Lecture

Susan Linn, EdD

Dr. Susan LinnMonday, July 13, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Susan Linn, psychologist, writer, award-winning producer, and puppeteer, is Associate Director of the Media Center of Judge Baker Children’s Center; Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; and co-founder and director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. She has written extensively about the effects of media and commercial marketing on children. Her book, Consuming Kids, was praised in publications as diverse as The Wall Street Journal and Mother Jones. Combining her skills as a writer and performer with her role as a child therapist, Dr. Linn has written and appeared in a number of video programs designed to help children cope with issues ranging from mental illness to death and loss. She was recently awarded the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Citation for her work on behalf of children.

Dr. Linn lectures extensively on the impact of marketing to children and on the importance of creative play, both nationally and internationally. She has carried her advocacy to such media venues such as Good Morning America, Today, Sixty Minutes, Dateline, and the acclaimed documentary The Corporation. She has lectured about the impact of commercialism on children in throughout the USA and in Canada, Europe, Asia and South America.

The Thomas H. Wright Lecture, funded by the Leon Lowenstein Foundation and individual contributors, honors Thomas H. Wright’s dedication to Sarah Lawrence College and his long service on the Board of Trustees.