Lois Holzman, Ph.D.

Lois Holzman, Ph.D.

Lois Holzman, Ph.D., is the director of the East Side Institute, an international training and research center for new approaches to therapeutics, education and community building; and a founder of the biennial Performing the World conference, which brings together practitioners, scholars, researchers and activists for whom theatrical performance and the creative arts are essential for personal and social transformation. With colleague Fred Newman, the late public philosopher and founder of social therapy, Holzman has advanced social therapeutics, a “psychology of becoming” that incorporates play, performance and practical philosophy to inspire life-long human development through group creativity. Her texts, Vygotsky at Work and Play (Holzman) and Lev Vygotsky Revolutionary Scientist, (Newman and Holzman) have introduced psychologists, educators and helping professionals the world over to an activist-take on the methodological writings of psychologist Lev Vygotsky.

Lois is sharing her next book, The Overweight Brain: How Our Obsession with Knowing Keeps Us from Getting Smart Enough to Make a Better World, online as she writes it. Read installments at http://loisholzman.org

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A Conceptual Revolution

Discovery happens at the borders. People talk. Ideas meet. Something new emerges. Old paradigms weaken. Creativity abounds. Welcome to the border crossing, where psychology meets culture, theatre meets therapy, play meets learning—and the discovery-in-practice is that human development is the performing of who we’re becoming.