Maria Montessori: Champion of the Rights of Children

Montessori: Champion of the Rights of Children by Erica Moretti, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology SUNY.

On 6 January 2021 we held a unique online session which focused on the social mission of Montessori. This was the first of a series hosted by AMI's Educateurs sans Frontières (EsF), where we reflected on the legacy of Maria Montessori as well as explored the application of Montessori principles in today's world. We focused on the roots of Maria Montessori as an advocate for children and looked at how Montessori principles and practice can offer a pathway to addressing some of the current global challenges.

About the speaker: Erica Moretti is assistant professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology-SUNY. She received a Ph.D. in Italian Studies from Brown University and a diploma in American Studies from Smith College. Her research interests include modern Italian intellectual and social history, biopolitics, gender studies, modern and contemporary Italian literature, and Italian colonialism. Her book the Best Weapon for Peace: Maria Montessori, Education, and Children's Rights is forthcoming with the University of Wisconsin Press.