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Play and Purpose: or, Exuberance and Ethics

August 16, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Robert J. Berson, Ed.D., Ph.D.
Dick Van Deusen presides

Human beings play, as do so many of our fellow creatures on this earth we share. What is “play”? What makes us—and other animals—play? What is play for, and is there any relationship of play and ethics? It is not oxymoronic to take play seriously, as it is a universal human phenomenon — but at the same time, it can be fun!

Robert J. Berson, Ed.D., Ph.D. is Leader of the Ethical Society of Northern Westchester and a clinical psychologist with a practice in Manhattan. He is a graduate of the Childrens Sunday Assembly of the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture and of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. He graduated from Haverford College and earned graduate degrees from Harvard University, Bank Street College of Education, Teachers College, and the City University of New York. He taught in the Ethics Department at Fieldston, has worked in the counseling services of several area colleges and universities, and supervises graduate students in clinical and counseling psychology doctoral programs.

Entry to our 100-year-old building and meeting rooms is available for most wheelchair users with prior arrangements. Please call ahead (212-874-5210 x 107) for setup of our portable system and plan to arrive one hour before start time.


August 16, 2015
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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