2013 IITC

Keynote Speakers at the 2013 IITC were:

Alison Gopnik is a Professor of Psychology and affiliate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. She is an internationally recognized leader in the study of children’s learning and development and was the first to argue that children’s minds could help us understand deep philosophical questions.  She is the author of over 100 journal articles and several books.  She has also written widely about cognitive science and psychology.

Lella Gandini, EdD, is a consultant in early childhood education and Lesley University Visiting Scholar and taught previously at Smith College and at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She is Reggio Children United States Liaison for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach.  She serves as associate editor of innovations in Early Education: The International Reggio Exchange.

Gabor Maté, MD is a physician and bestselling author whose books have been published in nearly twenty languages worldwide.  Dr. Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics, for addiction and attention deficit disorder (ADD), to mind-body wellness, adolescent mental health, and parenting.  As a writer and speaker, he is widely known for the power, insight, clarity, candor, compassion, humor, and warmth of his presentations.

Mei-Ling Hopgood is the author of How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm and Lucky Girl as well as a freelance journalist who has written for various publications.  She has worked as a reporter with the Detroit Free Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and in the Cox Newspapers Washington bureau.  She is an associate professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

  • Dr. Robert Block:

Robert W. Block, MD, FAAP is immediate past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  Dr. Block is also a Professor of Pediatrics and immediate past Daniel C. Plunket Chair, Department of Pediatrics, The University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa.  Dr. Block has been awarded the prestigious Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award, a University of Oklahoma Presidential Professorship, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” Award, the Ray Helfer Society Award in recognition of his work in the field of child abuse, and the Award for Outstanding Service to Maltreated Children by the American Academy of Pediatrics.