Campus News 2012

For Immediate Release
April 23, 2012

Schreiner Chautauqua series to discuss the challenge of creativity

Recent research claims that there is a decline in creativity in America, yet creativity is cited as one of the valuable traits for job candidates for the 21st century. Several magazines, including Newsweek and Psychology Today, have published articles on the “creativity crisis,” observing that childhood creativity correlates to adult creative accomplishment much more strongly than IQ.

Schreiner University students have been addressing this conundrum in third-year interdisciplinary studies courses and are ready to share their findings at the University’s final Chautauqua presentation of the 2011-12 academic year. The brief presentations by faculty members and students will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, April 30, in the ballroom of the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center on the Schreiner campus.

The faculty presenters for “The Creative Experience: Schreiner Students Take on the Challenge of the Creativity Crisis” will be Kathleen Hudson, professor of English and executive director of the Texas Heritage Music foundation; Claudia Sullivan, professor of theater and communication studies; and Diana James, instructor of art. Neva Cramer, director of teacher education and graduate education, will introduce the program.

There will be displays of student work from projects they have worked on during the year. One of the things that came out of Hudson’s class, for example, was a peace conference in collaboration with Quaker and Interfaith Dialogue groups. Some of James’s students worked on a recycling project. A group of Sullivan’s students worked on finding new perspectives for familiar objects.

“Two of my students will talk about their way through a creative process in which they took an ordinary handheld object and looked at it in a new way,” Sullivan said. “For example, Andre Botha, an exercise science major, will demonstrate how a 45-pound weight can be modified to increase muscle work, giving more bang for the exercise buck.”

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