About Creativity Talks

The Bay Area Discovery Museum and the Center for Childhood Creativity present Creativity Talks, a series of evening lectures for parents, grandparents and educators on important early childhood topics. All events feature local thought leaders and are held at the Museum. 

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The Neuroscience of Learning Differences


Thursday, February 26
6 p.m. Free Reception

6:30 p.m. Free Lecture
Discovery Theatre

Eventbrite - Creativity Talks with Dr. Fumiko Hoeft

In this free event just for adults, Dr. Fumiko Hoeft, UCSF associate professor and director of BrainLENS (Laboratory of Educational NeuroScience), shares what recent brain science is teaching us about support and intervention for children with learning differences. Relevant for teachers and parents, this talk will review how the brain is studied in children, what neuroimaging can (and cannot) tell us, and how we can work more effectively with children diagnosed with disabilities such as dyslexia, autism, processing, language impairment and ADHD so that all children reach their creative and cognitive potential.

Recent Events

Linda Burch, Zero to Eight: Learning and Media Use in Early Childhood

November 6, 2014

Linda Burch, co-founder and chief education and strategy officer of Common Sense Media, shared the latest research on how to raise children ages 0 – 8 in our 24/7 digital world. Participants received simple tips to turn screen time into learning time for young children. Click here to read Linda's research.

Alison Gopnik, The Philosophical Baby: What children’s minds tell us about truth, love and the meaning of life

March 13, 2014

In the last thirty years there’s been a revolution in our scientific understanding of babies and young children, a revolution that’s also transformed our understanding of human nature itself. In this talk, Alison Gopnik, Ph.D. outlined some of the new discoveries and their implications for the way we think about young children and ourselves. She showed that childhood – our long period of helplessness – is responsible for our uniquely human consciousness and our ability to learn, imagine and love.

Dr. Stuart Brown, Play Matters! It Really, Really Does

November 7, 2013

World-renowned psychologist, Stuart Brown Ph.D. and M.D., made a rare public appearance at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. The founder of the National Institute for Play and considered the grandfather of play, Dr. Brown shared his life-long research and advocacy work on the important role of play in human development; from shaping and growing young brains to staying vital through more mature life stages. 

Suz Lipman, Get Ready for Summer: The Importance of Reconnecting Children with Nature

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Susan Sachs Lipman (Suz) Lipman is a parenting and family expert who serves as the Social Media Director for the Children & Nature Network and the author of Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World. Suz discussed how today’s children are increasingly disconnected from nature, even as a growing body of evidence shows that time in nature positively impacts every area of child development – physical, intellectual, social and emotional. Parents learned about the latest research on children and nature, the worldwide movement to reconnect children with nature, and easy-to-implement and creative ways to experience nature in their own local nature, backyard and at the Museum.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, The Buzz on Brains and Babies

March 14, 2013

The Museum, the Center for Childhood Creativity and ScholarShare Speaks presented The Buzz on Brains and Babies. Nadine Burke Harris, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P. is the founding physician and former Medical Director of the CPMC Bayview Child Health Center. She has earned international attention for her innovative approach to addressing adverse childhood experiences as a risk factor for adult disease such as heart disease and cancer. In her engaging lecture, Dr. Burke Harris addressed the critical importance of early childhood on health outcomes.

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