When You Wonder, You’re Learning: An Evening with Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski

Join the History Center for a discussion with Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski, authors of the new book “When You Wonder, You’re Learning: Mister Rogers’ Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids.” 

Playful and practical, “When You Wonder, You’re Learning” introduces a new generation of families to the lessons of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” By exploring the science behind the iconic television program, the book teaches parents and educators the many ways they might follow in Rogers’ footsteps, sharing his “tools for learning” with digital-age kids. With insights from thinkers, scientists, and teachers—many of whom worked with Rogers himself—the book is an essential exploration into how kids and their parents can excel at what Rogers taught best: being human. 

Behr and Rydzewski will share stories behind their inspiration for writing the book, insights into their research, as well as personal memories of how Fred Rogers’ teachings have impacted their lives.   

The book talk will be followed by a short Q&A session and book signing. Please register in advance.


Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 17 and under, and FREE for History Center members. Tickets include access to History Center exhibitions prior to the event, including the popular Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood exhibit featuring the original living room set and puppets from the legendary TV show.

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Gregg Behr, executive director of The Grable Foundation, is a father and children’s advocate whose work is inspired by his hero, Fred Rogers. For more than a decade, he has helped lead Remake Learning—a network of educators, scientists, artists, and makers he founded in 2007—to international renown. Formed in Rogers’ real-life neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Remake Learning has turned heads everywhere from Forbes to the World Economic Forum for its efforts to ignite children’s curiosity, encourage creativity, and foster justice and belonging in schools, libraries, museums, and more. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and also Duke University, Gregg holds honorary degrees from Carlow University and Saint Vincent College. He is an advisor to the Brookings Institution and the Fred Rogers Center and has been cited by Barack Obama, Richard Branson, and the Disruptor Foundation as an innovator and thought leader.


Ryan Rydzewski is a writer whose science and education reporting has garnered several awards and fellowships. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he taught elementary school in south Louisiana before earning an MFA in nonfiction writing from Chatham University. As a freelancer, his magazine stories focus on everything from schools to space travel to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and his poems and other pieces appear in several journals. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Ryan lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Jacqueline. 

If you have any questions, please contact Phoebe Walczak at pjwalczak@heinzhistorycenter.org.