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Exploring the Creative Process, April 19 & 20

Creativity is essential to all academic fields – not just the arts, but education, science, medicine, language and business. How one can be more creative in his or her thinking, leadership and research is the focus of Hofstra University’s first Creativity and Innovation, which includes a lecture from IBM’s most prolific female investor April 19, and an April 20 symposium, Can We Teach Creativity? Creativity Studies in 2016.

Lisa Seacat DeLuca
Lisa Seacat DeLuca

An Inventor’s Vision of the Future: Innovation and Creativity, featuring Lisa Seacat DeLuca. Tuesday, April 19, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m., Guthart Cultural Center Theater, South Campus. DeLuca is a technology strategist for IBM Commerce who was named one of MIT’s 2015 “35 Innovators Under 35” and one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” Ms. DeLuca was also named a 2015 “Working Mother of the Year” and in 2014, was named one of Network World’s “50 Most Fascinating People in the World of Technology.” This event is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. If you cannot make it to this event, you can watch the live stream here.

Can We Teach Creativity? Creativity Studies in 2016, Wednesday April 20, all-day symposium.

Can creativity be measured or taught? How can an environment be more conducive to creativity? How does one nurture creativity in an individual and also in a large scale workplace or research community? Concepts of creativity will be analyzed by experts from all different areas of study. Events throughout the day are free and open to the public. Due to limited space, online registration is required. For more information email or call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

The program includes:

What is Creativity? Cross-Cultural and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives. Professors will look at creativity as it blurs divisions between cultures and academic disciplines. 9-10 a.m.

A Performance of Tearing Down Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Directed by Hofstra Professor Cindy Rosenthal and performed by Hofstra students

A deconstruction, adaptation and re-activation of scenes from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s iconic 19th century novel, conceived and performed by Hofstra drama students inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement. 10-11 a.m.

The role of creativity and responding to the challenge of climate change

Scientists look at the challenges of climate change and climate change policy 10-11:15 a.m.

Keynote address, “Creative Thinking: A 21st Century Success Skill” by Gerard Puccio, Department Chair and Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State, the State University of New York. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A live stream of the keynote address can be found here.

Creativity in Collaborative Settings – Engineers and managers discuss how to foster an environment of creativity and innovation in the workplace and in research communities. 1-2:30 p.m.

Creativity and Business – Looking at the role of creativity in entrepreneurship. 1-2:30 p.m.

Creativity and Community

Experts look at new media outlets available on the Internet and how they present new possibilities to rally civic engagement and community journalism. 3-4:15 p.m.

Beyond Brainstorming Workshop

The executive director of Hofstra’s Career Center, Gary Alan Miller, will discuss alternatives to traditional brainstorming, including 3-6-5 Brainwriting, Mind Mapping and other techniques. 3-4:15 p.m.

Improvisation Workshops with Neofuturists. Must register in advance. The New York Neofuturists are a collective of writers, directors, and performers known for theater that is a “fusion of sport, poetry, and living-newspaper.” The Neofuturists first gained attention with their groundbreaking show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Improvisation East and West – a performance

Professor Emeritus Herbert A. Deutsch will discuss teaching musical creativity to students using structured improvisation. He will be performing on the earliest of electronic instruments, the 1920 Theremin, an instrument where pitches and dynamics are created in space while the instrument is never touched. After his demonstration Professor Francesca Cassio, Associate Professor of Music and Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Music, Hofstra University, will present the basic concepts of the music of India using both pitched instruments, rhythmic instruments and voice. In the final demonstration, Cassio and Deutsch will create a complete unprepared improvisational composition. 4:30-5:30 p.m.

too much lightCreative Writing Workshops

Faculty members from Hofstra’s MFA in Creative Writing, playwright Erik Brogger, novelist Julia Markus, and memoirist Kelly McMasters, will lead this workshop. 4:30-5:30 p.m.

New York Neofuturists present Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Too Much Light… is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes—an original concept by Greg Allen and written by the New York Neofuturists. The audience is fully part of the act, deciding the order that these plays are performed. This performance will be followed by a talk-back with the actors. 7-8:30 p.m.

More detailed descriptions of these offerings are available online.

Top image:

David Jacobs, Dream, 1986*
Aluminum, 64”x 64”x 10”
Courtesy of the artist


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