SRCD Religion Pre-Conference

This announcement comes from Chris Boyatzis. Please contact him for more information or for the registration form, email: boyatzis (at) bucknell.edu

I am pleased to invite you to the 6th Biennial Soc. for Research in Child Development Pre-Conference on Religious & Spiritual Development.

This preconference is on Wednesday, March 30, 1 - 5 p.m., in Montreal, the day prior to the formal start of the SRCD biennial conference. Our event continues a tradition begun at SRCD in 2001, and each time we have had a superb set of speakers and discussions. Attendees find intellectual excitement in sharing their ideas and meeting new colleagues interested in this important and burgeoning field--religious and spiritual development of children and youth.

Please find the registration form attached. Complete it and return it by March 1.
Space is limited, so if you are genuinely interested in the preconference be sure to submit your form and registration fee soon.

The agenda will continue the past tradition of superb keynote speakers, stimulating round-table discussions, and the finest in light food and beverage.

Our keynote speakers will include:

Dr. Bekah Richert (UC Riverside), on development of religious concepts in children;
Dr. Annette Mahoney (Bowling Green State University), on the role of religion and spirituality in pregnancy and parenting; and
Dr. Amy Syvertsen (Search Institute), on the Search Inst. international study of adolescent spirituality with 5,000 subjects in 8 countries on 4 continents.
(An additional speaker may be added.)

We will also have roundtable discussions on various topics and to foster new collaborations and networking.

In the past, additional scholars have presented their work in poster format. Unfortunately, our preconference facility cannot accommodate posters, so this preconference will have a new feature--"snap talks," or very brief oral presentations of research. This format is increasingly popular at some conferences (especially in natural sciences) and allow more scholars to share their work. If you are interested in doing a snap talk (with data or a conceptual or methodological focus), please let me know!

Additional information will be sent to those who register.

Feel free to contact me with any questions, and forward this email announcement to any colleagues or students who may be interested!

See you in Montreal,

Chris Boyatzis
Preconference Convener and Host

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