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National best-selling author Dr. Michael G. Thompson to speak at 2015 Evangeline Burgess lecture series

March 11, 2015

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Published: March 11, 2015

PASADENA, Calif – Dr. Michael Thompson, author, consultant, and psychologist specializing in children and families, will present “Raising Cain: The Nature of Boys” at the Pacific Oaks College 2015 Evangeline Burgess Lecture Series to be held at the Pasadena campus at 7:00 p.m. on April 14, 2015.

“We are grateful to have such a notable psychologist and best-selling author as Dr. Thompson speak to our community,” said Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School President Ezat Parnia, Ph.D.

Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D., is the supervising psychologist for Belmont Hill School in Massachusetts and has worked in more than seven hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Dr. Thompson co-authored, the New York Times best-selling book, “Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys.” He is the author of “Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions about Raising Sons,” and “Mom, They’re Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems.” Dr. Thompson wrote “The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life” to help parents understand the complex journey of children through school, from kindergarten through senior year. His third book, written on the psychology of boys, “It’s a Boy!: Understanding Your Son’s Development from Birth to Eighteen” focuses on the importance of undirected, free play in the lives of boys. Most recently Dr. Thompson authored “Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help a Child Grow.”

A dedicated speaker and traveler, Dr. Thompson has appeared on “The Today Show,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “ABC 20/20,” CBS “60 Minutes,” “The Early Show,” and “Good Morning America.” He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time and U.S. News, and World Report and has been a guest on NPR’s Morning Edition with Susan Stamberg, Talk of the Nation with Ray Suarez and the Diane Rhem Show. He wrote, narrated, and hosted a two-hour PBS documentary entitled “Raising Cain” that was broadcast nationally in 2006.

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. 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 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. Thompson’s lecture will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Pacific Oaks College, 45 Eureka Street in Pasadena. The public is invited to attend the free lecture and reception.  Contact The Office of Advancement, at [email protected] or by calling 626.529.8091. Reservations requested by Wednesday, April 8 at

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