Rice U. lecture series to explore creativity

MEDIA ADVISORY

Jeff Falk
jfalk@rice.edu
713-348-6775

Rice U. lecture series to explore creativity

HOUSTON – (Feb. 15, 2017) – Two national experts on creativity, innovation and psychology will discuss “Creativity Up Close” as part of a new free public lecture series at Rice University Feb. 28 and March 21.

Keith Sawyer, the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss “The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity” Feb. 28, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont University, will discuss “Evolution Toward a Planetary Consciousness” March 21.

The lectures are free and open to the public and will begin at 7 each night. They will be in the Shepherd School of Music’s Stude Concert Hall. Each lecture will be approximately one hour, followed by a Q&A with the audience. Registration is required.

The lecture series was organized by Anthony Brandt, associate professor of composition and theory at the Shepherd School, and coincides with an undergraduate course titled Creativity Up Close that he is teaching this semester at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts. The interdisciplinary course explores creativity in human behavior and society. Sawyer and Csikszentmihalyi will work with the students in the course during their visits to Rice.

Robert Bilder, co-director of the University of California, Los Angeles’ Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity, kicked off the series Jan. 24 with discussion on “The Creative Brain.”

Seating for the lectures is limited; RSVPs are required at https://creativepath.eventbrite.com for the Sawyer lecture and https://creativityflow.eventbrite.com for the Csikszentmihalyi lecture.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

The Shepherd School is located on the west side of Rice’s campus. Paid parking (credit card only) is available in West Lot 1 and the Central Campus Garage. For a map, visit http://rice.edu/parking.

The lecture series is co-sponsored by the Moody, Rice’s Humanities Research Center, Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, Arts Initiative Fund and the Rice Entrepreneurship Initiative.

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.