Meet Our Summer Contributor

Fun and CreativityPerSpectives
Artwork by: Jasmine Xu

Scott Eberle is a writer, exhibit developer, lecturer, historian, and Emeritus Vice President of The Strong National Museum of Play.

He is past Editor of the American Journal of Play and Co-editor of the Handbook of the Study of Play.

At The Strong, and earlier at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, he developed scores of exhibits including America at Play; American Comic Book Heroes and the Battle of Good vs. Evil; and Toys as Mirrors, Toys as Memories.

Holding a PhD in social and intellectual history, Eberle’s publications include “The Elements of Play: Toward a Philosophy and a Definition of Play,” “Playing with the Multiple Intelligences,” “Exploring the Uncanny Valley to Find the Edge of Play,” and Classic Toys of the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Eberle, keenly interested in the intersection of history and evolutionary psychology, writes the popular “Play in Mind” column for Psychology Today, and the blog “re: Play” about the material culture of play.

Eberle served on the New York State Council on the Arts Museum Panel, retiring as chair in 1989. He served on the advisory board for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and as President of the Gallery Association of New York.

Come back later this summer to read Dr. Eberle's PerSpectives article on Fun and Creativity!

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