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10-28-2009

Sesame Street Executives To Give Talk Nov. 4

Seven executives of Sesame Workshop, the non-profit group behind public television’s "Sesame Street," will discuss the trailblazing show for pre-schoolers and about their re-launch of "The Electric Company" during a talk at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the Rashid Auditorium on the fourth floor of the Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies.

The group, hosted by Matthew Kam, assistant professor of human-computer interaction, is visiting campus to discuss possible research collaborations. Sesame Street was launched 40 years ago as an experiment to help children prepare for school. Today, co-productions of the show exist in 140 countries. Sesame Workshop also has reincarnated "The Electric Company," a show for early elementary students. The show, which will be presented as a case study of the Sesame Workshop model in action, takes a 360-degree approach to media, including online content and new forms of digital media.

The speakers include Lewis Bernstein, executive vice president, education, research and outreach; Michael Levine, executive director, Joan Ganz Cooney Center; Miles Ludwig, vice president and executive producer, Digital Media; Erica Branch-Ridley, broadband supervising producer, The Electric Company; Glenda Revelle, research scientist, Digital Media; Dionne Nosek, vice president, creative development; and Karen Fowler, executive producer, The Electric Company.

For more information on the speakers, read the full abstract.

Byron Spice