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Humanizing Childhood: Education in Times of Turmoil

May 26 | 12:00 pm1:30 pm EDT

Anna K. Kendrick, Erica Moretti, Leslie Harkema, Álvaro Ribagorda & Jordana Mendelson discuss the history of education in times of crisis

Over the past year, education has been radically reconfigured amidst a global pandemic. Yet for at least a century, childhood has served as a key inflection point for societal reinvention.

This roundtable takes the recent publication of Anna Kathryn Kendrick’s award-winning Humanizing Childhood in Early Twentieth-Century Spain (Cambridge: Legenda 2020) as an occasion to ask how educational debates have continually spurred radical reforms and experimental practices in times of turmoil. Engaging experts in fields of contemporary history, education, literature and visual culture, the panel will draw current insights from moments of crisis and creativity.

(Pictured: Cover of Humanizing Childhood in Early Twentieth-Century Spain by Anna Kathryn Kendrick)


Anna Kathryn Kendrick (Clinical Assistant Professor of Literature, NYU Shanghai)

Leslie Harkema (Associate Professor of Spanish, Baylor University)

Erica Moretti (Assistant Professor of Italian, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY)

Álvaro Ribagorda (Professor of Contemporary History, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)