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The Burnett Seminars are held annually and feature a keynote speaker related to the field of learning differences. These popular events, free and open to the public, are made possible by a gift to UNC by The Timothy B. and Jane A. Burnett Seminar for Academic Achievement. This fund was started in 1998 by Mrs. Juliet H. Davis, Mr. Burnett’s mother, and her late husband, W. Burke Davis ‘37 and continues to be supported by Timothy and Jane Burnett, both of whom graduated from UNC-CH in 1962. All are from Greensboro, NC.

The Burnett Seminar targets parents of teens and young adults with ADHD/LD. Its mission is to inspire this population that success in life is possible.

See below for more information and videos of past Burnett seminars.

2023: Dr. Edward M. Hallowell and Dr. John J. Ratey – ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction

2022: Eric Garcia – We’re Not Broken – Changing the Autism Conversation: A Conversation about Academic Success

2019: Jonathan Mooney – Thinking Beyond Normal: How to Live, Learn and Thrive Outside the Lines

2018: Dr. Theresa Maitland – Ready for Takeoff: Preparing Teens with ADHD or LD for College

2017: Dr. Maryanne Wolf – The Mystery, Challenges and Beauty of Dyslexia: Insights from the Reading Brain

2016: Dr. Patricia Quinn – Transition to College for Students with ADHD/LD: Passport for Success

2015: Dr. Ned Hallowell – Superparenting: An Innovative Approach to Raising Teens and Young Adults with ADHD

2014:  Dr. Thomas E. Brown – Understanding Emotions and Motivations in Young Adults

2013: Dr. Sharon Field – The Science and Art of Self-Determination

2012: Dr. Russell Barkley – ADHD, Self-Regulation and Executive Functioning

2011: Dr. Patricia Quinn – Girls and ADHD, the Hidden Disorder

2010: Dr. John Ratey – The Science of Exercise and the Brain

2009: Jonathan Mooney – Learning Outside the Lines

2008: Dr. Ned Hallowell – Unwrapping the Gifts of the Mind