Layne Longfellow created Lecture Theatre, presenting keynote lectures throughout North America and abroad. Elected to the International Speakers Hall of Fame in 1986, he was an innovator in using live and recorded music, humor, poetry, photographs, and video as context for academic theory and data.
His 1983 "Beyond Success" presentation was recently selected among the 12 best of the past 25 years; "The Mountain Waits," a CBC documentary of Longellow's mountaineering seminar for executives, was awarded the Gold Medal for Outdoor Films at the New York Festival of TV and Film.
He is the author of Imaginary Menagerie, a children's book, Visual Feast, a book of visual puns (both Chronicle Books), several Lecture Theatre audios and videos, and cocreator of "Body Talk" and "Feel Wheel," psychological games released by Psychology Today for professional use. His most recent written work, "The Language of Commerce Interprets Living Systems," is in Discourses in Search of Members (University Press of America, 2002). His early neuro-psychological research appeared in Science.
Dr. Longfellow received a B.A. (Ohio University) and Ph.D. (University of Michigan) in experimental psychology, with fellowships from the National Science and Woodrow Wilson Foundations; an NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellowship supported his two years of work with Dr. Carl Rogers.
He served as Director of Executive Seminars at The Menninger Foundation, Academic Vice President of Prescott College, and on the faculty of Reed College.
Dr. Longfellow also graduated from Jackson High School, Ohio, in the foothills of Appalachia. His great-great-grandfather Michael Longfellow migrated to southern Ohio from Maine, coincident with Henry Longfellow's leaving Maine for Harvard.