PEN Distinguished Lecture Series

The PEN Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience was created in association with the Foundations Proseminar course for graduate students in the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program. Since its inception, the series has grown!

The lecture series focuses on the intersection of the Science of Learning (learning across the lifespan) and Educational Neuroscience (learning across early life). Scientists and researchers who are pioneers in the fields of Cognitive-Educational Neuroscience, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, and Child Development come to Gallaudet University's campus to talk about their research.

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All lectures are open to the public and are video recorded for online distribution.

PEN DLS brochure for 2022-2023

Infants’ learning from the dynamics of their natural communicative environments

Date: TBA
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Dr. Casey Lew-Williams

Dr. Casey Lew-Williams

Distinguished Professor at San Diego State University

Director of the Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience


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Dr. Casey Lew-Williams is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University. He directs the Princeton Baby Lab, where his students and postdocs study how babies learn, focusing in particular on early communication. Their current work is funded by NICHD, the McDonnell Foundation, and Wellcome Leap. He received his PhD at Stanford and was previously on the faculty at Northwestern in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. He is co-chief editor of Frontiers for Young Minds (a science journal for kids) and co-founder of ManyBabies (a collaborative group of developmental scientists from around the world).


The PEN Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience honors researchers who have changed the landscape of science. We invite them to share their discoveries as we forge new links across research communities within Gallaudet University, Washington D.C., and the world.


To view this year's and all previous presentations, please visit VL2's PEN Distinguished Lectures webpage.