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. 3, 2014. 3:30 to 5:00 pm. San Francisco, CA.  Keynote address and workshop on the biology of education. IntegralED conference.  Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory DePaul Campus Theater, 1100 Ellis St., San Francisco, CA. 

Open to those who register for the conference. Contact is Darren Hudgins, 503-625-0501, darren@oetc.org


Oct. 7,7:00 pm.  Merrimack, NH.  Talk on the value of free play.  Gate City Charter School for the Arts, 7 HenryClay Drive, Merrimack, NH. 
Free and opento the public.  Contact is Karin Cevasco, 603-660-6630, cevascok@gatecitycharterschool.org


Oct. 14, 2014.  Time TBA.  Chicago, IL. DePaul University, Departments of Psychology and Education.  Talk on the evolutionary value of play. 
Free and open to the public.  Contact is Melissa Bradford, MBRADFO5@depaul.edu 


Oct. 15, 2014. 4:00-5:30 pm.  Chicago Ideas Week.  Chicago, IL Venue TBA.  Talk on the purpose sof play; this will be one of 4 or 5 short talks in this time period.  
Open to people who register.  Contact person is Brooke Scheyer, Chicago Ideas Week, (312) 662-6453, Brooke@ChicagoIdeas.com


Oct. 16, 2014.  7:00-9:00 pm. Riverside, IL. Talk on the evolutionary value of play. The TallgrassSchool, 82 Woodside Rd., Riverside, IL. (708) 777-1037. Free and open to the public. Contact is Melissa Bradford, MBRADFO5@depaul.edu.


Nov. 13-16, 2014. Times TBA. Reston, VA. General session talk, “Play Makes Us Human,”  and workshop, “The Decline of Play and Riseof 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.  Talkon 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, teri.lawrence@redsny.org


March 3 & 4. Time TBA.  Eastbourne, UK. Talkon the play deficit.  National Playworks Conference, Winter Gardens, Eastbourne, UK. Contact is Maynell Walter Meynell@meynellgames.org.uk


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


March 20-21, 2015. TimesTBA.  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.” VA Homeschoolers Conference.    Cultural Arts Center, Glen Allen,Virginia. 
Open to those who register.  Contact is Krystal McDonald,703-543-9252, krystal.mcdonald@vahomeschoolers.org


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,<RevBecca@aol.com>


Aug.7-9, 2015.  Homeschoolers Association of California Conference. 
Details TBA.  Contact is Joanna Murphy, ridingmom700@gmail.com.  


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