Katharyne Mitchell, Geography
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The Reclaiming Childhood project is an inter-disciplinary, collaborative research project that engages faculty from the University of washington with the K-12 community of students, teachers and administrators in an effort to address the changing nature of childhood today. I embark on this project under the auspices of the Simpson Center for the Humanities, where I hold a three-year professorship. The project consists of a research colllaborative of four University Professors (Katharyne Mitchell- Geography, Patricia Campbell-Music, Sharon Sutton-Architecture, Walter Parker-Education), a graduate student assistant (Mona Atia-Geography) and Frances McCue, Director of the Richard Hugo House. I am writing a book entitled 'Stealing Childhood' on the changing nature of childhood today and would like to use video to gather reserach materials from teachers and parents. In addition, I am developing a component of the project that works with community organizations that involve youth and the arts to address the defunding of arts education. Next year, my research assistant and I will focus more specifically on the creation of a documentary film on the themes explained above. At that time we would need access to editing facilities in addition to a digital videocamera.