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    2015-2016 Seminar Series
    Registration coming soon for the Cambridge Friends School 2015 -2016 Seminar Series. The CFS Seminar Series is an annual event, with most seminars open to the public free of charge. Registration is recommended. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7:00 p.m.

    2014-2015 Seminar Series

    CFS Seminar with Shane Bitney Crone
    Thursday, April 9, 2015: Bridegroom: A Love Story. Unequaled.
    Film Screening, Presentation, Discussion
    Join filmmaker, writer, and LGBTQ activist Shane Bitney Crone for the screening of his thought provoking film Bridegroom: A Love Story. Unequaled. After the film, listen to Shane’s presentation about the film and participate in a discussion on the issues raised. Seating is limited. Advance ticket purchase and registration is recommended. Read more below.
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    CFS Seminar with Rey Junco
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015: Social Media Will Not Eat Your Children: Using Social Technologies for Educational Good
    While popular media would have you believe that there are few benefits to using social media in educational settings, Rey Junco's work has shown otherwise. Join us as we hear from Rey, author of the book Engaging Students Through Social Media. Drawing upon his years of research and data collection regarding student technology use, Rey will explain how social networks can be used to not only disseminate general school information, but can also provide a platform for schools to improve engagement, academic performance, and persistence amongst students. Rey will talk about how youth already use social media for informal learning and how educators can help promote these uses, minimize the negative ones, and incorporate social media into formal learning settings. Seating is limited. Registration is recommended.
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    CFS Seminar with Jonathan Rotenberg
    Wednesday, January 21, 2015: The Journey from CFS: How One Alumnus Thrived Personally and Grew Professionally
    Most of us have mentors, but how many of us had Steve Jobs for a mentor? CFS alumnus Jonathan Rotenberg, Class of 1976, did. Jonathan will talk about his journey from CFS through to present day as a successful executive coach and soon to be author of the memoir My Teacher Steve Jobs, due out in 2016. Come learn what experiences shaped Jonathan and what philosophies have guided him. Seating is limited. Registration is recommended.
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    2013-2014 Seminar Series
    Register today for the Cambridge Friends School 2013 -2014 Seminar Series. The CFS Seminar Series is an annual event, open to the public free of charge. Registration is recommended. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7:00 p.m.

    CFS Seminar with Catherine Steiner-Adair
    Tuesday, April 1, 2014: The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age
    Understand the ways in which technology and media are putting children at risk at each stage of development, from infancy through young adulthood, and challenging what it means to be a family. Drawing on real life stories from her clinical work with children and families and her consulting work with educators and experts across the Country, Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that can help parents achieve greater understanding, authority and confidence as they come up against the tech revolution that is unfolding in their living room. The audience will learn the skills to distinguish between educational, healthy and unhealthy use, as well as practical strategies for nourishing deep attention, creativity, empathy and meaningful relationships. Registration recommended.
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    CFS Seminar with: Ben Mardell, Kate Beal, and Lynne May Lim
    Monday, February 10, 2014: Children Are Citizens - Promoting the Right of Participation for Our Youngest Students
    Panelists Lesley University early childhood professor and Project Zero researcher Ben Mardell with Cambridge Friends School first-grade teachers Kate Beal and Lynne May Lim challenge assumptions about the capabilities of young children and provoke a conversation about the role of young children in our community. Young children—4, 5, 6 and 7-year-olds—are often seen as simply future or hypothetical citizens. Yet the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child declares that children have the rights express their “views freely in all matters affecting the child” and “participate fully in cultural and artistic life.”
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    CFS Seminar with Neil Gershenfeld, Sherry Lassiter, and Jan Morrison
    Wednesday, November 13, 2013: Constructing Education
    MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms director Neil Gershenfeld, Fab Foundation director Sherry Lassiter, and CEO and president of TIES (Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM) Jan Morrison introduced the science and technology of digital fabrication and explored its impact on education. The next technological revolution has arrived, one in which individuals cannot only use computers to calculate and communicate, but also to fabricate – to engineer and assemble creations designed on a computer. Users now have the ability to make the tools they need to solve their own problems. These technologies can vastly extend and reinvigorate the best traditions of student-driven design and construction; they also can challenge our underlying assumptions about teaching and learning, assessment, and the organization of schools.
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    2012-2013 Seminar Series

    CFS Seminar with Sandra Cortesi and Meredith Beaton
    Thursday, May 16, 2013: Your Child and The Internet
    Sandra Cortesi and Meredith Beaton of the Youth and Media Project at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University will host a conversation on Your Child and The Internet, reflecting on common (mis)conceptions about how youth interact with digital technology, what they do online, and how they engage with others on social networking platforms. As part of this dialog, they will present some of their latest research findings based on focus group interviews and survey data collected by both the Youth and Media team and their collaborators at the Pew Research Center for Internet and American Life.
    Attendees are invited to bring questions, concerns, thoughts, and comments, as well as actively contribute to the conversation.
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    CFS Seminar with Jessica Stern, Robin Young, and Heidi Ellis
    WBUR’s Robin Young moderates a discussion of the Roots of Radicalization: Dismantling Terror One Life At A Time with experts Jessica Stern and Heidi Ellis on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Come listen to what promises to be a compelling and informative discussion on how terrorists radicalize others or self-radicalize on the Internet, what the role of confused identity plays in this process, what we know about why young people join extremist groups, and how and why individuals form terrorist groups. Jessica’s recent work seeks to understand the vulnerabilities of certain individuals to recruitment into gangs or terror groups with an eye toward intervention and prevention. Heidi’s research focuses on how social context impacts the health and development of refugee youth. 
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    CFS Seminar with Steven Clarke
    Environmental activist and CFS alumnus, class of 1989, Steven Clarke will discuss Environmental Stewardship and Generational Responsibility: Leadership in Massachusetts Climate Change Policy, on Monday, February 25, 2013. The CFS Spring Seminar Serie is an annual event that is open to the public free of charge. 
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    50th Anniversary - Spring 2012 Seminar Series

    CFS Seminar with Marshall Ganz
    Senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and social justice champion Marshall Ganz presented Moral Leadership and the Challenges We Face Today on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Ganz's book Why David Sometimes Wins was available for purchase and signing at the seminar. The CFS Spring Seminar Series is an annual event that is open to the public free of charge. Registration was recommended. Seating was limited.
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    CFS Seminar with Phil Bennett, Jim Smith, and Robin Young
    Thursday, April 5, 2012, CFS hosted a discussion on The Middle East and The Legacy of Anthony Shadid with FRONTLINE's Phil Bennett, formerly of The Washington Post, and Harvard's Belfer Center's Jim Smith, formerly of The Boston Globe, conducted by Robin Young of WBUR's Here and Now. Their conversation covered how Anthony lived and operated as a journalist and what he revealed about the Middle East. The CFS Spring Seminar Series is an annual event that is open to the public free of charge. Registration is recommended. Seating is limited. Anthony Shadid's book House of Stone: A Memoir of Home Family and a Lost Middle East was available for purchase at the seminar. This event was streamed live at 7:00 p.m., over UStream TV.
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    Seminar Series Team
    Peter 'Peter' Sommer
    Head of School

    Darcy Hoyt
    Assistant Director for Institutional Advancement for Parent and Alumni Engagement

    Laura Yardumian
    Communications Coordinator and Editor, Connections
    Seminar Videos
    Constructing Education: Part I of 3

    Introduction by head of school Peter Sommer and presentation by Neil Gershenfeld, director MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms

    Constructing Education: Part 2 of 3

    Director of the Fab Foundation Sherry Lassiter

    Constructing Education: Part 3 of 3

    President and CEO of TIES Jan Morrison with closing remarks by CFS head of school Peter Sommer