Scholar Series: Play as a Public Health Necessity


Nov. 1, 2017,
1pm to 2pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Greenspun Hall Auditorium, First Floor Lobby
Scott Eberle


The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Presents the Fall College Colloquia Series featuring national and international scholars.

Scott G. Eberle, Editor of the American Journal of Play; and Stuart Brown, founder of The National Institute For Play, will present a talk entitled: “Play as a Public Health Necessity: Time for Attunement, Trust, and Understanding.” Their research has shown that early experiences with joyful, developmentally-appropriate play leaves a lifelong legacy of resilience, greater social ease, and a healthy tolerance of differences.

About Scott G. Eberle

Scott G. Eberle is the editor of the American Journal of Play and Co-editor of the Handbook of the Study of Play. He was Vice President for Interpretation at The Strong in Rochester, New York, and Vice President for Play Studies. He has developed scores of exhibits for the National Museum of Play including The Player as Hero: Adventures in the Third Dimension (forthcoming, 2019); America at Play (2016); American Comic Book Heroes and the Battle of Good vs. Evil (2009). Trained in social and intellectual history and author of several books and articles, Eberle’s publications include “The Elements of Play Toward a Philosophy and a Definition of Play,” The American Journal of Play (2014), “Playing with the Multiple Intelligences.” Eberle also writes the “Play in Mind,” column for Psychology Today on the nature and nurture of play, and writes the blogre: Play” for The Strong, National Museum of Play.

About Stuart Brown

Trained in general and internal medicine, psychiatry and clinical research, Brown first recognized the importance of play by discovering its absence in the life stories of murders and felony drunken drivers. His years of clinical practice and review of over 6000 personal play histories affirmed the importance and need for healthy play throughout the human life cycle. His independent scholarship and exploration of the evolution and neuroscience of human and animal play have led to the establishment of the National Institute for Play. The Mission of the National Institute for Play is to bring the unrealized knowledge, practices and benefits of play into public life.

He was an executive producer of the three-part PBS series, “The Promise of Play,” and coproduced the BBC-PBS series “Soul of the Universe.” His experience as a medical administrator, producer, and scientific consultant or creator to numerous other productions on Joseph Campbell, Cosmology, Animal Play, and Stress, plus his scientific and popular writings have identified him as the foremost “practical champion of the knowledge of play.” Dr. Brown’s book: Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul has been translated into nine languages. He co- teaches From Play to Innovation at the Hasso Plattner School of Design at Stanford University, and enjoys international corporate and academic consulting on play and its many contributions to overall human well-being. Our species, he says, “is built for play, and built by play.” His Ted talk can be found here.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

Nicole Huckins

Event Sponsor

Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

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