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Learning to Listen Fall 2021
Returning for a sixth season of engaging dialogue, BTC’s Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change series features luminaries across the family-facing fields who are exploring current and emerging issues facing children and families today.

Webinar 1: Wednesday, September 29 @ 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT
What the Eyes Don’t See: Listening to Children and Families to Uncover Environmental Injustice
Featuring Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative at Michigan State University and Hurley Children's Hospital in Detroit, Mich.

Webinar 2: Wednesday, October 20 @ 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT
How to Call People In (Instead of Calling Them Out)
Featuring Loretta J. Ross, Professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College

Webinar 3: Wednesday, December 8 @ 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT
Indigenous Wisdom for Listening to Children and Families
Featuring Dr. Hinemoa Elder, MNZM, Māori child and adolescent psychiatrist and Chair of the Indigenous Working Group of the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Allied Professionals

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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Director @Pediatric Public Health Initiative
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician, scientist, activist, and author. Her research on blood lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s children sparked a national environmental and racial justice movement. She is founder and director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint. She was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2016 and recognized as one of USA Today’s Women of the Century for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts. She has testified four times before the United States Congress and is a recipient of the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America. Most recently, she received the 2020 CDC Foundation’s Fries Prize for Improving Health. A frequent contributor to national media outlets, she is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling book, What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.
Loretta J. Ross
Professor @Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College
Loretta J. Ross teaches courses on white supremacy, human rights, and calling in the calling out culture. She co-created the theory of reproductive justice in 1994 and has dedicated much of her career to health and reproductive justice for women of color. She has served as Executive Director of the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, National Program Director of the National Black Women’s Health Project, National Coordinator of the Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, and National Co-Director of the March for Women’s Lives (Washington D.C, April 25, 2004). A self-described radical Black feminist, Professor Ross has co-authored three books on reproductive justice: Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice (2004); Reproductive Justice: An Introduction (2017); and Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique (2017). Her newest book, Calling In the Calling Out Culture, is forthcoming in 2022.
Dr. Hinemoa Elder
Chair @Indigenous Working Group of the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Allied Professionals
Dr. Hinemoa Elder, MNZM, is of Te Aupouri, Ngāti Kurī, Te Rarawa, and Ngāpuhi nui tonu descent. She is an advocate for Te Reo Māori — the Māori language and the cultural knowledge the language embodies. A child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Elder works clinically in community, inpatient, and forensic settings, and has conducted research grounded in Māori methodology and ways of knowing and being on traumatic brain injury in young people, and dementia from a Māori perspective. A Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Dr. Elder received the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2019 for services to Māori and Psychiatry. Before beginning her medical career, Dr. Elder hosted a a live daily children’s television program in Aotearoa. In 2021, her best-selling book, Aroha: Māori wisdom for a contented life lived in harmony with our planet, became listed on the Oprah Winfrey Book Club.