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Creativity author is featured speaker for Convocation series

The annual Maytum Convocation Lecture, a tradition at SUNY Fredonia, will be offered by Dr. Howard Gardner in King Concert Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. Dr. Gardner has also been named a Williams Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Dr. Gardner’s talk is titled, “Creativity: What we can learn from The Masters.” He is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and also holds positions as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero.

Dr. Gardner is a recipient of a MacArthur Prize Fellowship and has received honorary degrees from 20 colleges and universities. He will draw on his books, “Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity as Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Gandhi,” and “Extraordinary Minds: Portraits of 4 Exceptional Individuals and an Examination of Our Own Extraordinariness,” for his lecture, which will be followed by a question and answer session, and a book signing in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room.

Tickets for the lecture, which is free, will be available at the SUNY Fredonia Ticket Office in the Williams Center on Monday, Aug. 23, and the public is invited to attend.

The lecture launches a year of events around the Convocation theme, “Faces and Phases of Creativity.” A record number of proposals for programs were received and events will be publicized on the university website at

The purpose of the Maytum Lecture Endowment of the Fredonia College Foundation is to bring to campus distinguished men and women who speak with authority on timely issues. The endowment was established by Robert A. Maytum, a long-standing and generous philanthropist to SUNY Fredonia. The Williams Visiting Professorship is awarded to individuals noted for excellence in a discipline or profession, and who have demonstrated achievement that transcends a single field of study. The Williams Visiting Professorship is made possible by a gift to endowment from H. Kirk Williams III and his family to the Fredonia College Foundation.  

posted @ Tuesday, August 31, 2010 12:04 PM by Christine Davis Mantai

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