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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 16, 2018, 7:00-9:00pm. Patchogue, NY. Auditorium of Saxton Middle School. “Free to Learn.” Sponsored by Patchogue-Medford School District. Free and open to the public. Find updated information at

January 31, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm. Philadelphia, PA. Philly Free School, 2001 Christian Street. “Learning through Play: How children's natural curiosity, playfulness, and sociability serve their education” Sponsored by the Philly Free School and Smith Memorial Playground. Free and open to the public, but please RSVP at

February 1, 2018. Baltimore, MD. Evening TBD, held at Morgan State University. Talk on play and the biological foundations of Self-Directed Education. Sponsored by the Arts & Ideas Sudbury School. Open to the public. Information at

March 1, 2018. Melbourne, FL. The Association for the Study of Play (TASP) Annual International Conference at Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront Hotel. Open to those who register for the conference. Keynote address 1:15-2:30pm: “The promise of play” Breakout session 4:15-5:30: “Play deficit disorder: A worldwide crisis and how to solve it locally.” More information about the conference at

April 6-8, 2018. Bethel, CT. AEROx Conference at Workspace Education, 16 Trowbridge Drive. Open to those who register for the conference. Peter Gray will hold a workshop related to Self-Directed Education and will meet informally with everyone. Schedule TBD. Information at or

April 25, 2018, 7:00pm. Austin, TX. Sponsored by and held at Abrome, 10201 Aqua Azul Ct. Tentative title: “What is Self-Directed Education and how we know it works” Free and open to the public. Information at

April 26, 2018, 7:00pm. Austin, TX. Sponsored by and held at Westbank Libarary, 1309 Westbank Drive. Talk on the value of play and the consequences of play deprivation. Free and open to the public

April 27, 2018, 7:00pm (subject to change). Austin, TX. Sponsored by and held at Clearview Sudbury School, 1507 Wilshire Blvd. Talk on Self-Directed Education, with focus on the conditions that optimize young people's abilities to educate themselves. Updated information at

April 28, 2018, Grapevine, TX (near Dallas). Self-Directed Path Conference, held at Grapevine Rec Center, 1175 Municipal Way. Open to those who register for the conference. Keynote address 11:10-11:50am on the outcomes of Self-Directed Education, followed by a workshop, 1:35-2:20pm. More information at

May 3-5, 2018. Urbana-Champaign, IL. Prioritizing Play Conference, sponsored by KOOP Adventure Playground and Pop-Up Adventure Playground. Schedule, talk, title, and other details yet to be determined. More information at

May 9, 2018. Asbury Park, NJ. TEDxAsburyPark. All-day TEDx event at the Paramount Theatre, on the theme of Passion. Talk on how compulsory schooling squelches passionate interests, and how passions develop through free-play. Open to people who purchase tickets for the whole day's events. More information at

June 1, 2018. Durham, NC. Evening, time TBD. Sponsored by the Pathfinder Community School. Open to the public. Talk title and other details TBD. Information will be available at

July 10, 2018. Chautauqua, NY. Talk on the decline of play and rise of mental disorders, followed by a workshop on what we can do about this problem. Times TBD. Open to those who register for Week Three (July 9-13)of the Chautauqua Institution, which will be devoted to The Art of Play. Information will be available at