The Raising of America - An Evening with WKAR

Mar 10, 2016

FREE – Thu. Mar.  24 , at 7 p.m. | How might the nation better assure the conditions all young children need for a strong start?  Join us for a film screening and community conversationRESERVE SEATS HERE

How might the nation better assure the conditions all young children need for a strong start? Join us for An Evening with WKAR featuring a film screening and community conversation around the new documentary series, "Raising of America."

The evening begins with a screening of  "Wounded Places," a moving and disturbing episode from the acclaimed series. "Wounded Places" illustrates how children and youth living in disinvested, impoverished neighborhoods suffer a kind of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that can limit their opportunities for a lifetime. 

A panel of experts on early childhood development as well as parents who have experienced the type of trauma portrayed in the film will share their thoughts, and the audience will be invited to engage in dialog on ways to respond as a community to the needs of young children.

This viewing and dialog is co-sponsored by Michigan Power to Thrive, a network of local health departments and community organizers working together for social justice.

Free with Reservation

This event is free, but registration is required. | RESERVE SEATS HERE


Raising of America - An Evening with WKAR takes place in the Communication Arts & Sciences Media Auditorium (Room 145), 404 Wilson Road on the campus of Michigan State University. Parking is free (after 6 p.m.) in the Trowbridge Road parking ramp, near the South, Main Lobby.

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More About 'Raising of America'

This new documentary special explores how conditions faced by children and their families during infancy and the early years can literally alter the developing brain and affect a child’s future success—in school and in life. Many families are struggling to provide the nurturing environment all young children need to thrive. How does the growing squeeze on parents—for time, for money and for resources—impact the future mental and physical wellbeing of their children? What are the consequences for the nation? And how might we do better?

On the Air
The Raising of America
Episode: Early Childhood and the Future
8pm Tuesday, March 29 on WKAR-HD