Distinguished play/learning theorist to speak at UALR
On November 12th, Dr. Stuart Brown will deliver a keynote address at 11am in the Stella Boyle Theater entitled “Play: The Key to Engagement and Making Learning Fun.” This event is open to the entire campus community and the general public. The keynote will be followed by a faculty luncheon from 12:15 pm until 1:30 pm in the Bailey Center (faculty should RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org; seating is limited).
Dr. Brown is the Founder of the National Institute for Play (see more below), and an internationally recognized researcher on play and learning. If you want to learn more about his work, check out his TED Talk.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Julien, Belinda, and Joe
Stuart L. Brown, MD: Biography
Trained in general and internal medicine, psychiatry and clinical research, Stuart L. Brown MD first recognized the essential contributions of play to human development by systematically discovering its absence in the life stories of murderers and felony drunken drivers. His years of clinical practice affirmed the importance and need for healthy play throughout the human life cycle.
Dr. Stuart Brown’s broadbased evaluations of highly creative individuals revealed the centrality of playfulness to their success and well-being. Following a fellowship which allowed focused study on the origins and prevention of human violence, Dr. Brown broadened his scope of interest to include the evolution and nature of play behavior, and its manifestations in human story and art. This led to a long-term affiliation with mythologist-scholar Joseph Campbell, and to his being active as the originator and executive producer of 15 hours of PBS and BBC programming, including a popular nationally broadcast for-credit telecourse, Transformations of Myth Through Time.
Following these productions, the National Geographic Society sponsored Dr. Stuart Brown’s exploration of animal play in the wild, resulting in his authoring a Society magazine cover article and the production of an Explorer TV program, each on animal play behavior.
Dr. Brown’s recent years of independent scholarship and exploration of the evolution and neuroscience of human and animal play have helped to focus a central commitment bringing the promises and stories of play into general cultural consciousness and to the establishment of the National Institute for Play (NIFP). The National Institute for Play (www.nifplay.org) is a non-profit corporation guided by evidence-based play data geared toward developing transformational programs. With the help of the distinguished Scientific Advisory Board of the NIFP, newly acquired play-affirming knowledge is being assembled that is helping to establish a new discipline, the Science of Play. The NIFP has produced a 3-hour PBS series, The Promise of Play, published a companion book to the PBS film, Where Do the Children Play, as well as conducted The First NIFP Conference on the Status of Play Science at Stanford University.
Dr. Brown also enjoys teaching From Play to Innovation in Stanford University’s “d” school (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) to a select group of graduate students.
Dr Brown has authored the Avery/Penguin book, PLAY: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. He continues to actively present keynotes and play workshops, and regularly participates in major medical and academic symposia. He is s a frequent consultant to Fortune 500 companies, and has been featured on NPR, The New York Times Magazine, PBS News Hour, and ABC Nightly news. Dr. Stuart Brown enjoys bringing the story of Play Science to diverse audiences.