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One of my favorite parts of local and national travel is speaking with students, teachers, professors, policy people, and parents. It’s fun to connect the dots—to talk about how large-scale population growth in African cities will transform elections in the U.S. and Europe; why The Great British Baking Show is the most popular television show in the world; and the reasons why students in the old coal mining region of eastern Kentucky taught me how to think about the former Roma village of Oriahovitsa, Bulgaria. I love it when well-educated people and curious students ask to speak with me after the speech to say, simply, “I never looked at the world that way before.”

Uppsala Sweden - Pax et Bellum Speech
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Speech: "21st Century Kids on Earth"
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Children's Media Association NYC Speech - Howard Blumenthal 2-19-19
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During the 2020 year of the pandemic, curtailed travel resulted in a variety of digital interviews, speeches, and more. Mostly, they focused on learning.

  • UNESCO - Information-Driven Social Dialogue; Cultural Spaces for Educators and Students

    • UNESCO MIL Cities for Everybody, UNITWIN Cooperative Program, Paris (Virtual) October 2020. Panel.

  • Kids on Earth in the 21st Century

    • Speech for Humanities and Social Sciences for Sustainability conference, Germany (Virtual), October 2020.

  • Reinventing School and Learning from Kids on Earth

  • Ed 3.0 & The Internet of Education with Michael Horn

    • Virtual conference, September 2020.


Below, a list of speeches, lectures, and appearances from 2019, before the pandemic in 2020, and some earlier work:

  • India Teacher Outreach Project
    South Asia Center, The University of Pennsylvania, June 2020.


  • The Whole World in Their Hands
    Ashoka University, near New Delhi, India, January 2020.

  • Discovering Personal Identity as the Core of Global Education
    Global Education Conference, online, November 2019.

  • UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Week
    Gothenburg, Sweden, September 2019.

  • Global Education and World Peace Pax et Bellum
    Dept. of Peace & Conflict Resolution, Uppsala Universitet, Uppsala, Sweden, September 2019.

  • Salto Para o Futuro (Jump to the Future)
    TV Escola educational broadcaster, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2019.

  • Global Learning and Media Responsibility
    Roquette Pinto / TV Escola educational broadcaster, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2019.


  • Global Learning and Global Citizenship
    School Eliezer Max, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2019.

  • ComKIDS / Prix Jeunesse Latin America
    Sāo Paulo, Brazil, July 2019.

  • English Language College
    Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay, July 2019.

  • Positive Education Summit with Eisenhower Fellows
    University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, June, 2019.

  • Global Film Theory Lecture
    University of Pennsylvania, April, 2019 - Philadelphia, April, 2019.

  • From Carmen Sandiego to Kids on Earth
    Universidad ORT Uruguay, Montevideo - March 2019.

  • ECA Lecture
    Escola de Comuniações e Artes (School of Communications and Arts), Sāo Paulo, Brazil, March 2019.

  • 21st Century Kids on Earth
    SUNY Geneseo alumni lecture, Geneseo, NY, March 2019.

  • Featured Speaker
    Children’s Media Association, NYC, February 2019.

  • Kids on Earth: The Next Normal
    Children’s Media Conference, Sheffield, England, July 2018.

  • Global Citizenship Workshop / Kids on Earth
    University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, April 2018.

  • Keynote: Global EdCon2018
    District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC, October 2018.

  • From Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? to Kids on Earth
    Global Education Conference, online, 2017.

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