For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Where Do the Children Play? Documentary to Be Screened at GCU

Lakewood, N.J., March 28, 2008—Join Georgian Court University on Thursday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. for a screening of Where Do the Children Play?, a documentary that examines how restrictive patterns of sprawl, congestion, and endless suburban development across America are impacting children's mental and physical health and development. Following the film, join us for a panel discussion with faculty experts, moderated by Claire Gallagher, Ed.D., architect and GCU associate professor of education. Dr. Gallagher is one of the experts who appear in the 55-minute PBS production.

Children represent 20 percent of our population but 100 percent of our future. When we examine key social issues such as inner city poverty and crime, urban development, land use, privacy, and the consequences of an emerging technological age, we realize this sector of our population is often left powerless and unable to express its needs.

The confluence of these epic shifts has created yet another crisis. Chronic illnesses caused by unhealthy lifestyles, many beginning in childhood, have now surpassed infectious disease as the major cause of death and disability in the United States. This shift in health patterns is directly related to changes in the metropolitan landscape. Free play in the natural world, which the baby-boomer generation and their parents took for granted, is something that many children growing up today will never know. The documentary Where Do the Children Play? seeks to raise awareness of this problem, examine how it came about, and offer solutions through the voices of children, parents, and experts studying the field.

The event will take place in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus and is free and open to the public. Reservations are required; for these or more information please contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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