2010 Burgess Lecture

and Reception to Honor Betty Jones at her Retirement

April 7, 2010, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Greene Lawn at Pacific Oaks College
5 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena, CA 91103

Play Across the Life Cycle:
From Initiative to Integrity and Transcendence

Betty (Elizabeth) Jones, Ph.D.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010,
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
* No cost or RSVP is required

This lecture, an autobiographical excursion through life span developmental theory, is a reflection on Betty's life as player, embedded in the context of Erik and Joan Erikson's stages of human development. What can we learn from each other's stories, shared in the process of theory-building-constructing schema that enable us to find order in past, present and future? Play—nitiating action, creating patterns, and re-creating them with others—is discussed as the human skill that gives us perspective on our lives. Pacific Oaks's Quaker founders held hope of creating a more peaceful world—a world that all begins with little children and gains continuity through elders' reflection on lives lived.


8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Betty Jones is newly retired after 55 years on the faculty at Pacific Oaks College. There will be a reception to honor Betty Jones' life and legacy at Pacific Oaks and in the world of Early Childhood Education. Betty would prefer that the reception follows the Quaker meeting format—when moved by the spirit, speak.

Betty Jones' own playing began in her backyard as a child in the 1930s, carried her enthusiastically through adolescence and college, and grabbed her as a lifelong theoretical challenge when she encountered the world of preschool as a graduate student in Child Development. In 1954 she arrived at Pacific Oaks Friends School as a preschool teacher and was absorbed into the beginnings of the College, where she has experienced PO as an extraordinary play environment for teachers of adults as well as children. To think, she also writes—a process that has co-created three books about play: The Play's the Thing, Master Players, and Playing to Get Smart. Evangeline Burgess, whose memory is honored by the Burgess lectures, was her first Pacific Oaks playmate.