Greenwich Daily Voice: Executive To Explain Evolution Of 'Sesame Street' In Greenwich Talk

Published Monday, January 16, 2017
by Jeanne Muchnick

GREENWICH, Conn. — One of the pioneers in creating the Emmy-award winning television show "Sesame Street" will visit the Bruce Museum on Thursday, Jan. 19. The event is presented by JCC Greenwich.

Dr. Lewis Bernstein joined "Sesame Street" in 1972 as director of research for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind the award-winning show. He will speak at the Bruce Museum on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Bernstein's presentation will explore how the show shaped the values of generations of American children and what can viewers expect in the future from the show and its influence on children’s intellectual, social, emotional and moral lives. Bernstein will also discuss what influences are shaping the values of children today and how to we evaluate the quality of contemporary children's entertainment.

Bernstein worked alongside the show's creators, Jim Henson and Jon Stone, to integrate entertainment and education. As the former Executive Vice President of Education, Research and Outreach, he established the educational agenda for all Sesame Workshop productions and creative executions. He was integral to the success of the children's series domestically and internationally and reached millions of children all over the world regardless of economic status, gender, religion or culture.

Under his leadership the "Sesame Street" series adopted a curriculum encouraging American children to respect the diversity of people from other countries and children worldwide learned about health, nutrition and exercise.

Register online at or call the office at 203-552-1818.