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Jan. 22, 2009
Contact: Nicole Chapman, University Honors Program, (785) 864-4225.

This spring’s University Lecture Series to focus on creativity

LAWRENCE — The topic for this spring’s University Lecture Series at the Commons is “Creativity and the Human Condition.”

The lecture series is designed to explore a topic with particular relevance to today’s society in a cross-disciplinary academic environment. The lecture series is sponsored by the University Honors Program and the Commons, a partnership between KU’s Biodiversity Institute, Hall Center for the Humanities and Spencer Museum of Art. All talks are free and open to the public.

“Creativity is an excellent topic to explore as we face economic and other uncertainties,” said Sarah Crawford-Parker, associate director of the University Honors Program. “Examining the creative process might help us to realize new solutions to contemporary problems, as well as to encourage collaboration across disciplines.”

The University Lecture Series at the Commons augments a three-credit-hour honors course, “Creativity and the Human Condition,” taught by Beverly Mack, professor of African and African-American studies. The goal of the lecture series is to encourage members of the KU and Lawrence communities to explore the topic of creativity from a variety of perspectives and academic fields.

Schedule of lectures:

“When Does the Fun Begin: Overview,” Chakaia Booker, independent artist; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, Spooner Hall.

“Where Creativity: First Places, Second Thoughts, Third Places,” Janetta McCoy, associate professor of interior design at Washington State University; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, Spooner Hall.

“Transforming the Scholarly Imagination,” Tara McPherson, associate professor, School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California; 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, Spooner Hall.

“Massive Change: The Future of Design and Life on Earth,” Bruce Mau, designer, the Kenneth A. Spencer Memorial Lecture sponsored by the Commons; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union.

“Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration,” R. Keith Sawyer, associate professor of education at Washington University; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, Spooner Hall.


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