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Who: Josh Golin, Executive Director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
What: Discovery Museum 2018 Speaker Series event
When: Thursday, September 27, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Oak Meadow School, 2 Old Pickard Lane, Littleton, MA
Cost: Free, but pre-registration required at http://bit.ly/golin2018. Space is limited.
Commercialism has been linked to many of the problems facing children today, including obesity, eating disorders, increased materialism, excessive media use, and the erosion of creative play. Marketing is so ubiquitous that protecting children from its effects can seem overwhelming or even impossible. Josh Golin will describe what we can do – as parents and communities – to give children the commercial-free time and space they need in order to thrive.
Josh Golin is Executive Director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which educates the public about commercialism's impact on kids' wellbeing and advocates for the end of child-targeted marketing. CCFC organizes campaigns against corporations that target children with harmful marketing, helps parents and professionals reduce the amount of time kids spend with ad-supported screens, and advocates for policies that limit marketers’ access to children. Josh is regularly quoted in major media outlets about marketing to children and CCFC’s advocacy efforts, and his media appearances include Today, NPR, Good Morning America, and Fox and Friends. His writings about the commercialization of childhood have appeared in a wide range of outlets including USA Today and the Boston Globe. He and his wife Jennifer are doing their best to raise their 9-year-old daughter, Clara, commercial-free.
The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited; pre-registration is required and can be done online at http://bit.ly/golin2018. Light refreshments including beer and wine will be served.
The Discovery Museums Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the MIT Club of Boston. Premier sponsor for the 2018 series is Enterprise Bank.
About the Discovery Museum
Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum that blends science, nature, and play, inspiring families to explore and learn together. The museum and its Discovery Woods accessible outdoor nature playscape and 550 sf treehouse blend the best of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning on a beautiful 4.5-acre campus abutting 180 acres of conservation land in Acton, MA, about 20 miles west of Boston. Originally founded in 1982 and expanded to two museums in 1987, the museum reopened in a single accessible building after a complete renovation and expansion in early 2018. Hands-on, open-ended exhibits developed by professional educators inspire curiosity and exploration, providing a fun and engaging experience for children and adults to discover their world together. Serving families and schools from towns throughout the region, the museum is devoted to informal education that enhances classroom learning. Discovery Museum is committed to accessibility, and is a proud recipient of the 2017 Massachusetts Commonwealth Award, the only winner in the Access category. Discovery Museum is the winner of Boston magazine’s 2018 Best of Boston® Best Family-Friendly Museum, West. For more information please visit www.discoveryacton.org. Discovery Museum is a community-supported non-profit organization.
Discovery Museum programming is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.