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Chicago Spring Harper Lecture with Dana Suskind
What Difference Do 30 Million Words Make?

Cost: $20/person for general admission

$10/person for recent graduates (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)

Two complimentary registrations for members of the Alumni Leadership, Chicago, Harper, and Phoenix Societies

Includes program and refreshments

Online registration is now closed. Walk-in registration will be available at the event.

Before they are even one year old, infants born into poverty score lower in cognitive development than their more affluent peers. By their fourth birthday, these children will have heard, on average, 30 million fewer words than others their age. Those 30 million missing words affect future learning, academic readiness and achievement, occupational status, and even health and social well-being in adulthood. Dana Suskind will discuss the University of Chicago’s Thirty Million Words Initiative, which she founded and directs. This behavioral research program translates emerging brain science into practical lessons—and behavioral nudges—that allow parents to harness the power of their words and nurture their children’s intellectual and educational capacity.

Dana Suskind is professor of surgery and pediatrics and also directs the Pediatric Cochlear Implantation Program at the University of Chicago Medicine. She is an adviser on Hillary Clinton’s Too Small To Fail initiative and part of the White House initiative on ending the achievement gap.

Learn more about the Thirty Million Words Initiative and read two whites papers on the topic,Bridging the Early Language Gap: A Plan for Scaling Up [PDF] and Early Language Gaps: Sources and Solutions [PDF].

Please note: The University Club of Chicago strictly enforces their dress code policy. Monday through Friday visitors are required to wear business casual clothing. Furthermore, denim of any kind, gym/tennis shoes, athletic attire, shorts, tee shirts, etc. are prohibited. Suit coats or jackets are not required for men, however, they are required to wear collared shirts (polo shirts are fine).


Event Contact
Mary Kovacs
Staff Liaison
Theresa Ebenhoeh


Event Information
Thursday, Apr 16 2015 at 6:00pm - 8:30pm [ iCal ]
University Club of Chicago
76 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL