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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

March 23, 2017, 6:00-9:00pm. New York, NY. Judson Memorial Church Assembly Hall, 239 Thompson Street, Manhattan. “Free to Learn.” Sponsored by NY Agile Learning Center. Information at and

April 12, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm. Milton, MA. Thatcher Montessori School. “The power of play and the joy of learning.” Free and open to the public. Information 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

June 9, 2017, 8:45-9:45am. Adamstown, MD. “What exactly is play and why is it such a powerful vehicle for learning.” Keynote address at Play Empowers, Pep Rally. Information at