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AETN to live-stream AECA keynote address by Lori Peek

Posted 10 Oct 2016

The Arkansas Educational Television Network has partnered with the Arkansas Early Childhood Association to live-stream a presentation by Dr. Lori Peek, associate professor of sociology and co-director of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at Colorado State University, Thursday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m.

Peek, who is the keynote speaker for the 2016 AECA Conference, will address resilience in children after disasters. The presentation will be streamed live at aetn.org/earlyeducation. Parent and educator resources are also available on the site.

Peek has dedicated much of the past decade to understanding children's experiences in disaster, and she led the first statewide study on licensed childcare providers and disaster preparedness in Colorado. She is currently collaborating on a project, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to write a new national school safety guidebook for emergency preparedness. She is also co-founder and co-director of the Youth Creating Disaster Recovery and Resilience project and of the SHOREline youth empowerment and disaster recovery program.

In addition to her positions at Colorado State University, Peek holds an appointment as an adjunct research scientist at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University. She has published extensively on vulnerable populations in disaster and is author of 'Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11,' co-editor of 'Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora,' and co-author of 'Children of Katrina.' Her first book, 'Behind the Backlash,' received book awards from the American Sociological Association Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity and the Midwest Sociological Society. 'Children of Katrina,' co-authored with Dr. Alice Fothergill, recently received the Outstanding Book Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Children and Youth and was named a finalist for the Colorado Book Awards.

AECA is a nonprofit organization comprised of early childhood professionals and parents who share a common concern about the wellbeing of young children and their families. For more than 50 years AECA has worked for quality care and education for the children of Arkansas. In conjunction with its affiliation with the Southern Early Childhood Association, a 13-state regional organization, AECA strives to: expand professional growth opportunities; produce beneficial publications; support public policy issues for Southern children.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).