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Intelligence Theorist Dr. Howard Gardner Discusses Creativity and Leadership

August 30, 2004

[ Dr. Howard Gardner ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Dr. Howard Gardner, author of eighteen books, MacArthur Prize Fellowship recipient, and John H. and Elizabeth A. Hobbs Professor in Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will lecture as part of the Sagan National Colloquium public affairs series at Ohio Wesleyan University on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in OWU's Gray Chapel. Dr. Gardner will explore "Creativity and Leadership: Two Routes to Changing Minds," which relates to this year's Colloquium theme on "Dimensions of Creativity." Drawing conclusions from the lives of extraordinary individuals such as Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, and T.S. Elliot, Dr. Gardner will explore what "creativity" and "leadership" are and, in the process, confront traditional ideas about psychology.

Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Adjunct Professor of Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine, and Chair of the Steering Committee of Project Zero, Dr. Gardner is best known for his theory of multiple intelligences, set forth in his 1983 book, Frames of Mind. According to his theory, all people possess seven distinct sets of capabilities, which work in concert, not in isolation. The seven intelligences are spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, linguistic, logical-mathematical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. His theory of multiple intelligences is a critique of the idea that there exists only one human intelligence that can be assessed by standard psychometric instruments.

For the past twenty years, Dr. Gardner has been working on the design of performance-based assessments, education for understanding, and the use of multiple intelligences to achieve more personalized curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Gardner and his colleagues recently have launched the GoodWork Project. "GoodWork" is work that is both excellent in quality and also exhibits a sense of responsibility with respect to implications and applications. Changing Minds (2004) and Intelligence Reframed (2000) are two of Dr. Gardner's recent books.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 19th year at Ohio Wesleyan. All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. More information is available at snc.owu.edu or 740-368-3995.