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Media advisory: Story ideas at Wake Forest's creativity symposium

March 16, 2009

Among the more than 50 individual presentations and panel discussions at Wake Forest University’s “Creativity: Worlds in the Making” March 18-20 are sessions of interest to reporters covering bioethics, business, the economy, education, health care, the performing and visual arts, and religion.

The following examples, some of which cross traditional beats, highlight sessions that address current issues of broad interest:


Trans-Disciplinary Creativity and Its Educational Tools

1:45 p.m. – 4 p.m., March 19, Benson University Center, Room 401C

A hands-on, interactive workshop about creative thinking and learning.  Explore the threads of imaginative play in childhood through adult creative achievement. What are proven strategies for creative accomplishment and how can teachers apply it to classroom learning?   

Speakers: Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein, co-authors of “Sparks of Genius”; Todd Siler, author and founder of Think Like a Genius, LLC and Psi Phi Technology Corp; Punya Mishra, educational psychologist, Michigan State University; and Michael DeSchryver, Ph.D student in education, Michigan State University



Stumbling and Soaring:  The Process of Creative Collaboration between Theatre and Science

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. March 19, Benson University Center, Room 401B

Theater artists and scientists bring new skills and perspectives to each other, but it can also create a potential disciplinary culture clash.  This session examines the process of two theatre/science collaborative projects at the University of Missouri.

Speakers:  Suzanne Brugoyne, Curator’s Teaching Professor of Theater, University of Missouri; Marjorie Skubic, Lapierre Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Missouri.





Creativity and Entrepreneurship:  Drivers in Regional Economic Development

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 a.m. March 20, Benson University Center, Room 401C

A panel discussion on engaging artists in engineering economic development with experts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  How does innovative entrepreneurship drive creativity and advance the dynamic “creative society” that is seen as essential to promoting a region’s economic prosperity?

Speakers:  Rebecca Clark, director, Piedmont Triad Film Commission; Jody Cauthen, theatre manager; Joe Erba, director, UNCG Summer Entrepreneurship Bootcamp; John Lee Jellicorse, director, Entrepreneurial Innovation in the Arts Program; Amy Purcell, associate professor of art; Jan Van Dyke, head, department of dance; Dianne Welsh, Charles A. Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Bryan School of Business.




Community Development

The Arts as Tool for Community Improvement

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. March 20, Benson University Center, Room 401D

A panel discussion on the community arts movement.  Examples of national and regional projects that have been catalysts for community engagement and transformation will be highlighted.  Current projects underway in the Triad will be featured.

Speakers:  Doug Borwick, director, fine arts division, Salem College and director, Piedmont Triad Initiative for Community Arts; Lia Miller, director, Center for Creative Aging and executive director, Shepherd’s Center of Greensboro; Bonnie Poindexter, executive director, Piedmont Opera; Lynn Rhodes, executive director and co-founder, Winston-Salem Youth Arts Institute




Piedmont Triad Creative Economy – A Center of Excellence in Design

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. March 19, Benson University Center, Room 401D

A session about the evolution of the creative economy in the Triad region and the recent decision to focus economic and workforce efforts on design. 

Speaker:  Margaret Collins, director, Creative Enterprises and the Arts, Piedmont Triad Partnership




Women in Business

Build a Nest—A Wake Alum Launches Her First Venture

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. March 20, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Room 203B

Rebecca Koussky, Wake Forest graduate and founder and executive director of Build a Nest, will discuss the social mission of her company, her decision to work specifically in the arts, and issues she faces as a young, female entrepreneur.  Build a Nest is a nonprofit dedicated to changing the lives of women artisans in developing countries through the provision of interest-free microfinance loans.


Social Media

Creative Networks:  Web 2.0 Citizenry

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  March 19, Benson University Center, Room 401A

A session exploring the rise of the information age and the widespread adoption and use of various Web 2.0 technologies and its affect on the new era of citizenship.

Speaker:  Musetta Durkee, independent scholar and artist




Building Creative Literacy:  A Product Tasting Exercise

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m. March 19, Benson University Center, Room 401C

In this business communication/chocolate tasting session, participants will use their creative and critical thinking skills to describe the tasting experience and demonstrate why language matters in the creative process.  

Speaker:  Clive Muir, instructor, School of Business and Economics, Winston-Salem State University




Social Media

Creativity and Self-Expression through Scratch Programming

11 a.m. – noon March 19, Scales Fine Arts Center, Room A102

A session about how Scratch can be implemented in the classroom and the community to help students think creatively and critically, work collaboratively, communicate clearly and more.  Scratch is a new programming language creates at the MIT Media Lab that allows young people, ages 8 and up, to mix together a wide variety of media for the Web.

Speaker:  Scott Betz, associate professor of art, Winston-Salem State University; Antionette Moore, instructional technologist, Winston-Salem State University.

Detailed information about each session at the symposium is available online at  Symposium activities are open to the public, so parking may be difficult.  Members of the media are advised to use marked media vehicles and park in Lot Q across Wake Forest Road north of Wait Chapel.  To ensure access to specific sessions, please contact the News Service in advance.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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