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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

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 Westbank Libarary, held at the Laura Bush Community Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road. Talk on the value of play and the consequences of play deprivation. Free and open to the public. Information at

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 1, 2018, 7:00pm. Riverside, IL (near Chicago). Self-Directed Education: What It Is, How It Works, and Why Ever More Families Are Choosing It.” at the Tallgrass Sudbury School, 85 Kimbark Rd., Riverside, IL (near Chicago). Free and open to the public. For more information, see

May 2, 2018, 5:30pm. Chicago, IL. “What exactly is play and why is it such a powerful vehicle for learning?” DePaul University, Arts and Letters Building, 2315 N. Kenmore Ave., Room 103. Contact person is Melissa Bradford,

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 8, 2018, 1:30–4:30pm. Albany, NY. What’s Great in Our State: A forum to celebrate children’s mental health awareness, sponsored by New York State Office of Mental Health and Council on Children and Families, at Huxley Auditorium, New York State Museum, 22 Madison Ave. Keynote address will be on the mental health consequences of play deprivation in children and teens. Free and open to the public.

May 19, 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, 7:00pm. Durham, NC. Talk on the Power of Play. Sponsored by the Pathfinder Community School. Open to the public. Information at

July 11, 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 at