"The United States has long been a hotbed for artists, free-thinkers, and entrepreneurs to extend the frontiers of creativity. But recent research has found that American creative thinking is on the decline, leading to what Newsweek
magazine has dubbed 'The Creativity Crisis
.'" --David McKay Wilson
Prompted in part by such concerns, the Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation Symposium
will be held at TC this spring (the evening of April 28 and all day April 29), featuring presentations from six leading scholars who will speak at a panel moderated by Ronald Gross
. "The State of Play
," an article based on scholarly papers especially commissioned for this project, appears in the current TC Today
(Winter 2010, p.58).
Our Seminar guests this evening are the two faculty members who have taken the lead in this project. Margaret Crocco
is the chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities. Lori Custodero
is Associate Professor of Music Education and Program Coordinator.
Among the questions to be discussed at this Seminar and at the Symposium are:
- What is creativity and why is it important?
- What threatens the cultivation of creativity in today's students?
- Can creativity be fostered with rewards?
- Can you measure creativity?
- How do creative people operate in the world?
- How might creativity be related to learning?
- What is the role of "ubiquitous creativity" in today’s society?
- What moral dilemmas are raised within a culture of creativity?
- What does creativity look like in student work? What does it look like in teacher work?
- What is the relationship between innovation and necessity?
A Socratic conversation
on this topic is also scheduled, for Thursday, April 21, 4-5 pm, in the Gottesman Libraries, second floor Salon area.
Jointly sponsored by the University Seminar on Ethics, Moral Education, and Society, this seminar is part of the 2010-2011 season of the University Seminar on Innovation in Education
which is co-chaired by Ronald Gross who also conducts the Socratic Conversations
at the Gottesman Libraries; and Robert McClintock, John L. and Sue Ann Weinberg Professor in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education at Teachers College. Founded in 1970, the Seminar
explores the process of learning in individuals, organizations, and society, throughout the lifespan and via major institutions.
Where: 305 Russell
Be sure to stay tuned for additional activities in support of the Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation Symposium
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