National experts on gifted children to offer advice for parents and teachers

The unique challenges and opportunities parents and teachers of gifted children face is the focus of a new lecture series sponsored by the Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth.

Vanderbilt Peabody College Dean Camilla Benbow and Professor of Psychology David Lubinski will be the series’ featured speakers on Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Nashville Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Julian Stanley Lecture Series will address how parents and teachers can help gifted children thrive, both emotionally and academically,” Programs for Talented Youth Director Elizabeth Schoenfeld said.

Benbow and Lubinski will discuss the need for gifted children to receive accelerated academic training. They will also discuss their ongoing 50-year study of mathematically precocious youth and their partnership with Julian Stanley, a pioneer of much of today’s study of gifted education for whom the series is named.

The series kicked off on Oct. 18 with Tamra Stambaugh from the College of William and Mary’s Center for Gifted Education. Stambaugh discussed common causes of perfectionism in gifted children and strategies to help deal with this tendency.

A podcast of Stambaugh’s lecture and podcasts of many of the upcoming lectures, including Benbow and Lubinski’s, are or will be available on VUCast,, and also on iTunes U

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth offer a variety of opportunities for gifted youth. To learn more about PTY and future speaker dates, visit the website,

Media Contact: Melanie Moran, (615) 322-NEWS

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