This semester, the Clark University Higgins School of Humanities‘ dialogue symposium is focusing on “The Work of Play” and how play thrives in our achievement and results-oriented society. We will consider free play and games, cooperation and competition, sports and technology.
Programming will explore how play provide space for fantasy, diversion, and escape. It will also examine when challenges the status quo and when it re-inscribes existing hierarchies.
“Americans seem to be playing less and less, as increases in leisure time are offset by new technologies that keep us tethered to work. Equally troubling, our culture’s insistent drive for results has placed outcome over process, completion over exploration, winning over learning or enjoying the game,” wrote Amy Richter, director of the Higgins School for Humanities. “Still we know play matters. It inspires creativity, builds communities, reveals and challenges boundaries. It is a form of what we have come to refer to as effective practice, and as such may offer new insights into larger concerns.”
For a full list of events, visit: Higgins School of Humanities
All events in the symposium are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information, contact 508-793-7479 or HigginsSchool@clarku.edu.
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Related articles: “Work hard, play hard: Clark U. series looks at the role of fun,” Worcester Telegram & Gazette, February 2, 2015