What Makes You Go "Wow!" - A Conversation Exploring the Development of Awe in Children and Youth

Event Date:
April 17th 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Experiencing awe and wonder adds meaning and joy to life. How do we develop the capacity to feel awe, and how do we help children and adolescents experience this wonderful event in daily life? This panel will highlight ways to develop this capacity through reading, music, nature, and creative endeavors such as pretend play. Join us as we discuss the benefit of adding more "awe" into our lives.

4:00 - 4:15 PM Mingle with local student artists and their work on display while enjoying refreshments. The conversation begins at 4:15 PM  so join us as we explore what makes you go WOW!


Cara Byrne


Joining us for the discussion are Schubert Associate Cara Byrne, Lecturer in the Department of English and a Research Advisor on Diverse Children’s Literature to give us a perspective of children's literature


Erin Hopkins



Erin Hopkins, PhD Candidate in Music Education, School of Arts & Sciences, to offer her thoughts from a musical perspective



monica marshall


Monica Marshall, Astronomer,  Cleveland Museum of Natural History to discuss the development of awe in response to science education


sandra russ


Sandra Russ, Distinguished University Professor Emerita, Department of Psychological Sciences who will discuss awe in relation to creativity and play. 



The Cleveland Humanities Festival is a collaborative event celebrating the great cultural institutions of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, dedicated to humanistic inquiry. As part of this year's festival, the Schubert Center for Child Studies is sponsoring this event along with our campus partner, Baker-Nord Center for Humanities.

Refreshments will be served

Tinkham Veale University Center (TVUC) 11038 Bellflower Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106 Ballroom C

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