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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 Norfolk, Massachusetts.

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements

January 9, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm. Plymouth, MA. Northborough Library. Talk on the educative value of play. Contact Melissa Chase at

January 30, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm. Northborough, MA. Parish House. Talk on the biological foundations of education. Contact Jennifer McDonough at

February 23-26, 2017. Hong Kong. Ednovation Fest. Conference workshops plus a public talk on self-directed education on February 26. Times to be determined. Information at

March 5, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm. Ojai, CA. Sponsored by Rock Tree Sky. Venue to be determined. Talk on the biological foundations of self-directed education. Contact Natasha Efross at

March 7, 2017, 6:30-8:15pm. La Cañada Flintridge, CA (near Los Angeles). Flintridge Preparatory School. Talk on the decline in resilience among college students and reasons for that decline. Information at or contact Laura Campobasso at

April 25, 2017, 9:00-10:15am. Corpus Christi, TX. “Rethinking Physical Activity in School Settings.” Keynote address at the Healthy School Environment Conference of Texas Education Region Service Center, Region 2. Open to conference attendees only. Information at

April 27 & 28, 2017. Orlando, FL. Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor Conference. Preconference keynote on “Decline of play and rise of mental disorders,” and conference keynote on “How play and humor made human beings possible.” Information at

April 29, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm. Orlando, FL. University of Doglando. 9:00am talk on the nature and value of play. 11:00am talk on “Play Deficit Disorder.” Information and tickets at