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Winter 2021 Conference: Why not Play... Seriously?

January 19-20, 2021

In Why not Play… Seriously? you are invited to consider play as an integral feature of human flourishing in times of uncertainty.  Not only does play fulfill necessary sociological and psychological needs, but it also is an operating principle in so much of the organic world and so much of human activity. Why not Play… Seriously? will help us to engage in our lives in the world and university, but importantly, in how we exist in the world outside the walls of the King’s University. Our hope, with your help, is that it will be filled with moments of wisdom and joy, and will open our awareness of God working in the world.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Christina H Edmondson, PhD

Why not Play... Seriously? welcomes our Keynote Speaker Dr. Emily Langan, Department Director and Associate Professor of Communications at Wheaton College, Illinois. Dr. Langan graduated with her Ph.D. in Human Communication from Arizona State University in 2000. She writes: 

“[P]art of being created in the image of God means that we are designed to live interdependently with others. But, those relationships can be simultaneously joy-giving and challenging. This tension draws me to the study of interpersonal and relational communication, friendship, nonverbal communication & social influence.”