Sivan and Avigail 27(1)Wednesday, Sept. 17 / 4:00 pm / Pugh Center

A Perspectives on Israel event

Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, has worked with local production teams to develop over 30 different adaptations of the acclaimed children’s media program, Sesame Street. This presentation and accompanying hands-on workshop offers participants a window into the process of creating Rechov Sumsum, the award-winning Israeli version of the series.  A producer, an educator, and a project director, each of whom have been a part of the Sesame Street process for over 20 years, will walk participants through Sesame Workshop’s production methodology and its specific application in Israel. The presentation will include a screening of video content from the series’ decades-long history and will highlight the ways in which messages about the diversity of Israeli society are incorporated into program content and design. The presenters will also discuss evidence from research about the educational effects of the program and its focus on diversity.  A post-presentation workshop will give students the opportunity to design diversity-oriented program content in a training activity similar to the type offered to international production teams.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, the Education Department, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.  Image TM and © 2014 Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved.