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Cubberley Lecture Series Presents, 2019

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The Neurodiversity Challenge: 
How Passion Drives Learning for all Students
An evening with
Ron Suskind

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author and father

Wednesday, March 6
Reception 5:00 p.m.
Lecture 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Hauck Auditorium,
David & Joan Traitel Building

435 Lasuen Mall - Stanford University
Registration opens January 28.
See below for additional details.
CHILDREN SELF-NOURISH THEIR CURIOSITIES from the earliest ages, arriving at school with affinity-based identities of "what I love is who I am!"  The transition from this bottom-up bliss into a traditional classroom works for some but not all students, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). For them, passion is the primary pathway and often a telescope into heightened abilities that, when recognized and fed, support self-esteem, skill migration and acceptance of the designation "differently-abled." Suskind will share an emerging view in the neurodiversity movement about these and all special needs children, with a message to meet them where they are, celebrate them as they are, and think differently about the nature of individualized education, achievement, and a meaningful life for us all.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal reporter Ron Suskind is the author of six best-selling books, including Confidence Men—considered the definitive work on the Obama presidency and the 2008 financial crisis. Suskind’s works are characterized by his passion for giving a voice to the voiceless. Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, which was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated documentary and recently won three News and Documentary Emmys tells the story of his youngest son, Owen, who, after being diagnosed with autism, found a way to reengage with the world around him. Suskind lectures about narrative and justice at Harvard and is founder of The Affinity Project (TAP), which has developed technologies to support neurodiversity. He holds an MA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Keynote followed by a conversation with:
HEIDI M. FELDMAN, MD, Ballinger-Swindells Professor in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine
ZINA JAWADI, BS ’18, MS ’19, Co-chair, Stanford Disability Initiative; President, Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association
BILL KOSKI, Eric and Nancy Wright Professor of Clinical Education and Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
ELIZABETH KOZLESKI, Dean’s Scholar for Teaching and Learning, Stanford Graduate School of Education
MARICELA MONTOY-WILSON, BA ’08, MA ’09 – Stanford Teacher Education Program; Principal, Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School
Seating/Tickets: Tickets are required for this event. Each guest can request up to two complimentary tickets. The Will Call desk will open at 5:00 p.m. in front of the Traitel Building. Seating is general admission, first-come, first-served and subject to availability. Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m. If you are not in the venue by 5:50 p.m. your seat may be given to a non-ticket holder or to someone in the stand-by line.  If you ordered tickets and can no longer attend, please email the Stanford Ticket Office at to release your seat(s). In the event that the event sells out, a stand-by line will open at 5:00 p.m. in front of Traitel on March 6.
Parking: We recommend parking in the Galvez Lot at the corner of Galvez Street and Campus Drive, or most "A" and "C" spaces after 4:00 p.m. 
ADA Accommodations: If you would like to request a disability-related accommodation, please contact Sheila Sanchez in the Diversity & Access Office at (650) 725-0326, or Requests should be made by February 25. An American Sign Language interpreter has been engaged. Hauck Auditorium has a looped assistive listening system for those with t-coil hearing aids. Guests without t-coil hearing aids can check out receivers from a Stanford Event Services technician.

General Conditions Regarding Event:

  • Guests will be prompted to turn off all cell phones, pagers and alarms.
  • All persons and bags are subject to search.
  • No signs, flyers, banners or posters allowed inside the venue.
  • No weapons or projectiles allowed inside the venue.
  • No blow horns, noise makers, or amplified sound allowed inside the venue.
  • No unauthorized photography or audio/video recording.
  • Entry and re-entry at the discretion of event management.
  • This event will be photographed and videotaped.
  • Attendee voluntarily agrees that Stanford University, its agents, officers, directors, employees, faculty, students, and volunteers are released by attendee from any claims incidental to the event.
  • Entering the venue shall be deemed consenting to all the above conditions and any other conditions set by Stanford University at its events.
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