Award-Winning Educator Dr. Daniel Siegel Keynote Speaker at Pacific Oaks College 2014 Evangeline Burgess Lecture Series

Dr-Siegel.jpgPASADENA, CA – February 21, 2014 - Dr. Daniel Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center, will be the keynote speaker at the Pacific Oaks College 2014 Evangeline Burgess Lecture Series to be held at the Pasadena campus at 7:00 p.m. on April 17, 2014.

“We are honored to have such a distinguished, award-winning educator and best-selling author as Dr. Siegel speak at our lecture series,” said Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School President Ezat Parnia, Ph.D.

Dr. Siegel is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization that examines the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes. He serves as the Medical Director of the LifeSpan Learning Institute and is on the Advisory Board of the Blue School in New York City, which has built its curriculum around Dr. Siegel’s Mindsight approach.

Dr. Siegel is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and the internationally acclaimed texts, The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are (Guilford, 1999, 2012), Parenting from the Inside Out (Tarcher, 2003), and The Whole Brain Child (Delacorte, 2011). His latest book, The New York Times Bestseller, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, explores how brain development impacts teenagers’ behavior and relationships.

Dr. Siegel has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, London's Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and TEDx.

The annual Evangeline Burgess Memorial Lecture Series features widely recognized leaders in the field of human development and early childhood education. The series was instituted in memory of Pacific Oaks College's first president, Evangeline Burgess, who had a clear vision of the important role of early childhood education and recognized the need for well-educated teachers for young children. After joining Pacific Oaks Children's School shortly after its founding, she developed a teacher education program that paved the way for the opening of Pacific Oaks College in 1959. Under her leadership, the College added programs to prepare nursery school teachers. She also initiated the school's first research programs and established the cooperative master's degree program with nearby colleges. Despite her untimely death in 1965, Pacific Oaks continued to grow and flourish as the time for early childhood education was ripe and opened new avenues for prospective teachers. The inaugural lecture was delivered in 1968 by early childhood expert Milton J.E. Senn of Yale University.

Dr. Siegel’s lecture will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Pacific Oaks College, 45 Eureka Street in Pasadena. The public is invited to attend the free lecture and reception.  Contact Toni Miller, Director of Alumni and External Relations, at tmiller@pacificoaks.edu or by calling 626.529.8094. Reservations requested by Friday, April 11.