ESI Community News talked to International Class alumna Elena Boukouvala and her colleagues Shamshaid J. from Pakistan (now in Paris) and Ebrahim E. from Syria (now in Greece). Elena, Sham and Ebrahim and about 30 other colleagues have been active in leading and organizing the Creating Communities Without Borders event, Saturday, March 4, which wil
In this three-minute video, Lois Holzman introduces the second edition of “Vygotsky at Work and Play,” now available through Routledge, a global publisher of academic texts. The new edition includes two brand new chapters and a comprehensive appendix with detailed updates on programs of the development community. Among the new material
The Institute’s Carrie Lobman and Lisa Genn will join qualitative researchers from across the US this week at the 8th annual conference of The Qualitative Report in Ft. Lauderdale. Carrie and Lisa will discuss original activist research conducted by ESI staff, volunteers and interns, who engaged in hundreds of conversations in the communities of Br
Carrie Lobman, Institute director of pedagogy and Associate Professor, Rutgers Univ. Graduate School of Education, will be a featured speaker at Pedagogía 2017 in Havana, Cuba, next month, where she will present on the social therapeutic, performatory approach to developmental learning. East Side Institute Community News sat down with Carrie to hea
We Move, we Play, we Become It’s a new magazine — weMove — published in London, Tokyo and Portland — and it features a provocative essay by Lois Holzman on how play can help us move around and about our fixed identities — and help us GROW…. Take a look!
At the invitation of former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, Antanas Mockus, the Institute’s Lois Holzman and Dan Friedman will be among the headliners at the biennial International Conference on Citizenship Culture in Bogotá, October 18-19, sponsored by Mockus’ organization Corpovisionarios por Colombia. This year’s event will focus on The Role o
International Class alumna (2011-12), arts educator and community artist Jody Boston is a newly minted recipient of The City of Hamilton (Ontario) Arts Innovation Award, for her innovative work as Program Director of the community-based arts, garden and play program, Under the Willows. Founded by Executive Director, Dr. Ruth Pickering, Under the W
Hot off the presses in Tokyo….it’s the Japanese edition of the popular 2007 text, Unscripted Learning: Using Improv Activities Across the K-8 Curriculum, co-authored by the Institute’s director of pedagogy, Carrie Lobman. The Japanese edition (published by Shinyosha Ltd.) was made possible by Institute colleague and University of Tsukub
In his conclusion to the Future of Mental Health interview series in Psychology Today, exuberantly prolific psychotherapist and creativity guru Eric Maisel, lays out a manifesto for a “mental health revolution: Our current mental health paradigm, dominated by a flawed pseudo-medical model and by the indiscriminate
Play researcher and advocate, Carrie Lobman, who serves as the Institute’s pedagogical director and as associate professor at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, was invited by play impresario Bernard De Koven to pen a guest post for his blog, A Playful Path, posted below. Carrie is the chief organizer of the Play on the Move conference
ESI Community News recently sat down with the Institute’s director of pedagogy, Carrie Lobman, to talk about play and its role in learning and development, and about the PLAY ON THE MOVE conference she’s organizing at Rutgers University March 16-19, 2016…. So Carrie: How’s the play world? You probably know it about as well as anyo
This just in from International Class (2013) alumna Tamara Maksic: A recent international symposium in Belgrade to discuss imaginative uses of theatre and performance and titled, Theatre within the Context… and Not Just Theatre, featured an array of Institute colleagues — International Class alumni and members of the Performing the World Community.
International Class (IC) graduates are active in Europe introducing social therapeutics, performance, play and development at community workshops in London, Belgrade, Novi Sad and Thessaloniki. Elena Boukouvala (IC, 2013/14) reports on four social therapeutic, performance workshops in July and September developed by herself and fellow alumni Helen
All Stars Project, Inc. co-founder and Institute faculty Dr. Lenora Fulani and Johns Hopkins Research Professor of Sociology and Academy Professor Dr. Karl Alexander spoke at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality on Breaking Down the Myths of Poverty. The forum, attended by students and faculty, was hosted by Center Director and Professor o