Ware-Johnk Lecture Series

The Ware-Johnk Lecture Series


Mark Ware and his wife, Connie Johnk, BA’82

Each year, the Department of Psychological Science coordinates a community-wide event highlighting how psychological science impacts the everyday. The Ware-Johnk lecture series hosts a prominent psychological scientist who visits with the Creighton community and share their expertise. The lecture was established and is supported by Dr. Mark Ware and Ms. Connie Johnk, BA ’82.

Dr. Ware is a Professor Emeritus of psychological science who was a member of the department from 1965 until 2008, he served as the chair of the department from 2000-2003. While an adult learner, Ms. Johnk took traditional undergraduate psychology courses and served as a teaching assistant in the department. After receiving a bachelor’s degree at Creighton, she obtained an MSW degree from the University of Nebraska Omaha. She went on to a career first in social work and then as a psychotherapist in the Omaha area for over 20 years.

Learn more about the lecture series and Dr. Ware and Ms. Johnk in this full-length article and interview with the couple published in the Creighton University Magazine.

Lecture Series Events

“Play Deficit Disorder: A Worldwide Crisis and How to Solve it Locally”

“Play Deficit Disorder: A Worldwide Crisis and How to Solve it Locally”

Peter Gray, PhD | Boston College | Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. | Mike & Josie Harper Center, Hixson-Lied Auditorium

Peter Gray, PhD focuses his researdh on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves, through play and exploration, when they are free to do so. He has expanded on these ideas in his book, Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life (Basic Books). In this talk, Gray will present the logic and evidence behind his claim that the decline in free play is a, if not the, major cause of these deleterious effects on children's and emerging adults' emotional, social, and intellectual well-being. He will also describe ways by which families, neighborhoods, and communities can restore children's opportunities for free outdoor play.

view the flyer here

This lecture is free and open to the public. Child care will be provided at the lecture free of charge, compliments of Montessori Co-op School.

Register for this event

Please contact Deb Marr for further information.