Scientia devotes this year's lecture series to the topic of CREATIVITY. While people in the various disciplines at Rice differ in the questions that we ask and the methods we use, what unites us is the creative impulse we bring to our work. This year we call on people from different disciplines to talk about how their imagination works to tackle interesting questions and to pose novel ideas. Scientia anticipates plenty of creativity from its speakers during the 2018-2019 Academic Year.
Imagination: An Inside Look
Anthony Brandt, Professor and Chair, Composition and Theory, the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
Samuel Park, violin
Jacqueline Audas, violin
Sergein Yap, viola
Katherine Audas, cello
Human beings are constantly refashioning their world, leaving no facet of life untouched by imagination.¬† Where does this wellspring of inventiveness come from?¬† Drawing on The Runaway Species: How Humans Remake the World, the book he has co-authored with neuroscientist David Eagleman, Dr. Brandt will explore the biological and social underpinnings of creativity and describe a framework for how new ideas evolve.¬†¬† Knitting together the arts and sciences, Dr. Brandt will illustrate key features of creative thinking using examples from Beethoven string quartets, performed live by students of the Shepherd School of Music.
¬†Click here to watch lecture video.
Teaching as a Creative Endeavor
Joshua Eyler, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, Adjunct Associate Professor, Humanities, Rice University
Much of the discussion about teaching in higher education tends to focus on research and what is quantifiable or measurable. There is good reason for this, of course, but there is an art to great teaching as well. Using examples from faculty and classrooms at Rice, I want to explore the creative work of teaching and the imaginative uses to which we can put our knowledge about student learning.
What role can the arts play in fostering creative thinking across disciplines?
Alison Weaver, Executive Director, Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University
Abstract will be available soon.
More information available soon.