29 – Emotional Understanding through Animated Representation: An Introduction to Diversity in Cartoons and Emotional Intelligence

This webinar will provide an introduction to eight different fantasy-oriented animated series created in the last decade which explore emotional and identity development through diverse representation in race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, age, and ability. These shows include Steven Universe, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Avatar: the Legend of Korra, Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts, The Owl House, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Gravity Falls, and Voltron: Legendary Defender. The narratives of these eight shows focus on long-term character development over the course of multiple seasons, showing viewers how protagonists can learn more about themselves and others in order to succeed at various challenges, embracing their own emotions and working to understand the emotional needs of their teammates and loved ones. Participants will also review the history of representation in older animated series, and learn the basics of the emotional intelligence model as one possible method of exploring the ways that these shows help clients to better accept themselves and others who may have different ways of being in the world.

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