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Sagan National Colloquium Focuses on Creativity

August 30, 2004

[ Sagan National Colloquium Banner ] DELAWARE, OHIO --Launching Ohio Wesleyan's 19th Sagan National Colloquium public affairs series on Sept. 2 is Dr. Howard Gardner, best known for his theory of multiple intelligences. Dr. Gardner will speak about "Creativity and Leadership: Two Routes to Changing Minds," at 7:30 p.m. in OWU's Gray Chapel. Drawing conclusions from the lives of extraordinary individuals such as Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, and T.S. Elliot, Dr. Gardner asks what "creativity" and "leadership" are and, in the process, confronts traditional ideas about psychology. Author of eighteen books and a MacArthur Prize Fellowship recipient, Dr. Gardner is Professor of Cognition and Education and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.

The fall semester's Colloquium series' theme is "Dimensions of Creativity." What is creativity? Are all individuals creative? How is creativity nurtured? These are among the many questions to be considered in the 2004 Sagan National Colloquium, which will explore the role, origin, form, and expression of creativity in the different ways humans perceive, interpret, and learn about the world in which we live.

The 2004 Sagan National Colloquium (SNC) provides the opportunity to explore these many aspects of creativity. Complementing this year's Colloquium theme is a dynamic assortment of guests including:

* Dr. Cheri Florance, medical speech-language pathologist, author of The Maverick Mind: A Mother's Story of Solving the Mystery of Her Unreachable, Untouchable, Silent Son, and President of Brain Engineering Laboratories, will discuss "The Maverick Mind" on Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

* Dr. Andrei Aleinikov, author, scientific pioneer, nominee for the President's National Medal of Science, and OWU's 2004 Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, will lecture on "Unleashing Creativity: New Thinking in a New World" on Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

* An OWU Faculty Panel will debate "Creativity, on the Edge of Mental Illness?" on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

* The Science Symposium, commemorating the dedication of the Science Center and highlighting creative aspects of science and scientific research, will be held in the Schimmel/Conrades Science Center and includes:

» 12:10 p.m. "Summer Science Research Symposium," in which OWU Students display and discuss their scientific research conducted in the summer of 2004

» 4 p.m. Paul Schimmel '64, Hahn Professor of Molecular Biology and Chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute and co-founder of three publicly traded biotechnology companies, will examine "Frontiers of Biotechnology."

» 8 p.m. Dr. Brian Greene, one of the world's leading theoretical physicists, best-selling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos, and Professor of Mathematics and Physics at Columbia University, will speak on "Breakthrough Thinking: Challenging What We Know."

* Dr. James McPherson, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of Crabcakes, Hue and Cry, and Elbow Room, professor of English at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and OWU 2004 Carpenter Lecturer, will discuss "Creativity" on Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

* Dr. Drajan Flipovic, Associate Principal Scientist for Kraft Foods Strategic Innovative Research, will address "Creativity and Productivity in a Manufacturing Environment" on Oct. 13 at 3:10 p.m. in Corns Building Room 312.

* The American Brass Quintet, an unparalleled leader among serious brass chamber music ensembles, will perform on Oct. 19 at 8 p.m., which follows the pre-concert lecture at 7p.m., in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

* Glenn Entis '76, award-winning electronic gaming expert and Vice President with Electronic Arts, will explain "Creativity, Teams and Rapid Change - Riding the Waves in the Videogame Industry" on Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

* Shelley Berc, playwright and essayist, and Alejandro Fogel, visual artist, will explore "Creative Expression" on Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

* Joel Forrester, internationally renowned composer and pianist, will perform an improvisational accompaniment to silent films featuring Buster Keaton on Nov. 5 and Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Gray Chapel. A discussion of each evening's film and the musical approach of Mr. Forrester will follow the screening.

* Alfonse Ruggiero, winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award and an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, will address "Hollywood - How to Get There from Here" on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

These SNC programs are free of charge and open to the public. More information is available at snc.owu.edu or 740-368-3995.

Accompanying the SNC lectures are theatrical and musical performances, art exhibits, and a film series. A discussion of each film will be held after the screenings at the Mean Bean (2 N. Sandusky St., Delaware).

Sept. 17, 4 p.m. - Richard M. Ross Art Museum - Some Assembly Required, Attack Theatre
Sept. 18, 8 p.m. - Chappelear Drama Center - Attack Theatre
Sept. 28-Nov. 7 - Richard M. Ross Art Museum - Creativity: Beyond the Norm, Art Exhibit
Oct. 5, 9:30 p.m. - Strand Theatre - A Beautiful Mind (Ron Howard, USA, 2001)
Oct. 7, 9:30 p.m. - Strand Theatre - Dreams (Akira Kurosawa, Japan/USA, 1990)
Oct. 12, 9:30 p.m. - Strand Theatre - Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)
Oct. 15, 16, and 22, 8 p.m.; Oct. 23 and 24, 2 p.m. - Chappelear Drama Center - The SPecTaCle Plays, SPecTaCle Theatre

Ross Art Museum hours are:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.