Free to Learn

About Peter Gray


Peter Gray is a research professor in the Department of Psychology at Boston College. The author of Psychology, a highly regarded college textbook, he writes a popular blog called Freedom to Learn for Psychology Today. He lives in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. 

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements


Oct. 2, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00 pm., San Francisco, CA.  Talk entitled “What exactly is free play and why is it so valuable for children’s healthy intellectual, social, and emotional development?”  Latino/Hispanic Rooms A & B, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larking St., San Francisco, CA.  Free and open to the public.  Contact Susmita Shah.


Oct. 4, 2014. 3:30 to 5:00 pm.. San Francisco, CA.  Keynote address on the biology of education. IntegralED conference.  Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory DePaul Campus Theater, 1100 Ellis St., San Francisco, CA, 94109. Open to those who register for the conference.  Contact is Darren Hudgins, 503-625-0501 .


Oct. 7, 2014. 7:00 pm.  Merrimack, NH.  Talk on the value of free play.  Gate City Charter School for the Arts, 7 Henry Clay Drive, Merrimack, NH.  Free and open to the public.  Contact is Karin Cevasco, 603-660-6630.


Oct. 14, 2014. 5:30-7:30 pm. Chicago, IL.  Room 154, Schmidtt Academic Center, DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus, 2320 N. Kenmore, Chicago, IL, 60614.  Sponsored by DePaul University Departments of Psychology and Education. Talk entitled “The purposes of play: Insights from evolutionary psychology.”  Free and open to the public.  Contact is Melissa Bradford.  


Oct. 15, 2014. 4:00-5:30 pm.  Chicago Ideas Week.  Chicago, IL  Venue TBA.  Talk entitled “Mother nature’s design for education: Insights from evolutionary psychology. This will be one of 4 or 5 short talks in this time period.  Thorne Auditorium, 375 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL.  Open to people who register.  Contact person is Brooke Scheyer, Chicago Ideas Week, 312-662-6453. 


Oct. 16, 2014.  7:00-9:00 pm.  Riverside, IL. Talk on the evolutionary value of play. The Tallgrass School, 82 Woodside Rd., Riverside, I, 60546.  (708) 777-1037. Free and open to the public. Contact is Melissa Bradford.


Oct. 21,1014.  7:00-8:30 pm.  Watertown, MA.  Talk on the value of free play for children’s development.  Open to the public.  The Atrium School, 69 Grove St., Watertown, MA 02472.  Contact is Tonya May

Nov. 1, 2014,  7:00-8:30 pm.  Austin, TX.  Talk entitled The purposes of play: Insights from evolutionary psychology.  Free and open to the public.  Clearview Sudbury School, 1507 Wilshire Blvd., Austin, TX 78722.  Contact is Kimberly Engleman, 512-524-0085.


Nov. 13-16, 2014. Times TBA. Reston, VA.  General session talk, “Play Makes Us Human,”  and workshop, “The Decline of Play and Rise of Mental Disorders.” Freedom for Family Wellness Summit.  Hyatt Regency Reston, 1800 Presidents Street, Reston, VA 20190.  Open to those who register. Contact is Heather Boyd.


Jan. 14, 2015. Time TBA. New York, N.Y.  Talk on the value of play.  Resurrection Episcopal Day School, 119 East 74th St., NY, NY.    Free and open to the public.  Contact is Teri Lawrence, 212-535-9666.


March 3 & 4. Time TBA.  Eastbourne,UK. Talk on the play deficit.  National Playworks Conference, Winter Gardens, Eastbourne, UK.  Contact is Maynell Walter.


March 8, 2015. Time TBA.  Jerusalem, Israel.  Lecture on the Biology of Education.  Venue TBA.  Contact is Eudice Ben Or. Free and open to the public.


March 20-21, 2015. Times TBA.  Keynote address, “The Biology of Education,”  and workshops on “What Exactly Is Play,” “How Children Learn to Read Without Formal Instruction,” and “A Survey of Grown Unschoolers.”  VAHomeschoolers Conference.    Cultural Arts Center, Glen Allen, Virginia.  Open to those who register.  Contact is Krystal McDonald, 703-543-9252.


May 28, 2015, 7:00-9:00 pm. Collegiate Peaks Forum Series.  Buena Vista, CO.  Venue TBA. Talk on the biology of play,  Free and open to the public.   Contact is Rebecca Kemper Poos, 719-252-9890.


Aug. 7-9, 2015.  Homeschoolers Association of California Conference.  Details TBA.  Contact is Joanna Murphy

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