Creativity and Education

Event last offered: Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 12:00-1:30 pm, Location: SSL 150
Creative Collaborations in Teaching Across Disciplines

"…creative sparks fly from the meeting of creative minds."
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Author of Flow and Creativity

Are you interested in collaborative teaching across disciplines? Wondering how to go about creating dynamic alliances that work in the classroom? Do you worry that the course will seem fragmented and unfocused?

This CET workshop will highlight 3 examples of cross-disciplinary teaching at USC from various academic fields in the humanities and social sciences. CET fellows Doe Mayer (CNTV/Annenberg), Sharon Carnicke (Theater) and Nancy Lutkehaus (Anthropology) along with fellow collaborators Curtis Marez (CNTV/American Studies) and Jane Iwamura (Religion/American Studies) will discuss these issues and others that have led to successful cross-disciplinary collaborations in teaching.

While this workshop is intended primarily for individuals who want to develop new interdisciplinary collaborations themselves, we also welcome individuals who are interested in sharing their own experiences at collaborative teaching.


Previous event: April 20, 2005: Creativity and the Classroom, Doe Mayer & Warren Bennis (11-12pm)

What can we do as teachers to nourish creativity in our own lives as well as those of our students? Is everyone capable of being creative? Does creativity have value in and of itself? How does creativity manifest itself in different disciplines and learning contexts? Can we make conversations in the classroom more educationally substantive by enlarging our connective and metaphorical questions? How can we use intuition to enhance our intellectual processes? What cultural factors can block our imaginations? What does that over-used phrase, "thinking out of the box" really mean? Do our roles as faculty restrain us from being creative – something Thorsten Veblen called "trained incapacity"? How do we enlarge our own definition of creativity?

This CET program is designed to encourage a broader understanding of creativity in the classroom. We will use anecdote, history, theory, discussion, humor and applied exercises to generate new strategies for more successful and engaged teaching.

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