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Professor Paul Connolly Public Lecture

Professor Paul Connolly

Too young to notice? Young children’s attitudes towards, and awareness of, ethnic divisions

In this public lecture, Professor Connolly will show how the attitudes of children as young as three years of age are already being shaped by the wider patterns of racial and ethnic divisions that exist within society. Drawn from his extensive research of racism among young children in England and pre-school children in North Ireland, he will explain how early attitudes towards race and ethnicity are established among young children. He will also explore what can be done to reduce the development of prejudice among young children and to foster respect for diversity. Professor Connolly will also show the power of early childhood programmes and the important contribution they can make in helping to address racial and ethnic divisions and build peaceable societies.

About Professor Paul Connolly

Paul Connolly is Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education at Queen’s University Belfast. He has spent over 20 years researching race and ethnicity in young children’s lives. His books include: Racism, Gender Identities and Young Children (Routledge, 1998); Researching Racism in Education (Open University Press, 1998); and From Conflict to Peacebuilding: The Power of Early Childhood Initiatives – Lessons from Around the World (with Jacqueline Hayden, World Forum Foundation, 2007).
Paul is founding Co-Director of the international network Una: A Global Learning Initiative for Children and Ethnic Diversity (  More information on his work can be found at: