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Creativity, Imagination and Innovation Symposium
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Welcome Message by Drs. Crocco and Custodero

The Department of Arts and Humanities is pleased to present its Symposium on Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation, which grows out of our efforts over the last several years to consider the place of these ideas in education. We take as our conceptual platform the notion of “ubiquitous creativity,” believing creativity to be a democratic imperative of exceptional importance to knowledge-oriented societies and to all disciplines.

To the extent that creativity is an important disposition, one that can be nurtured or discouraged, cultivating creativity is a practical as well as theoretical concern that needs to be considered in all educational contexts. Research commissioned for the Symposium and ongoing research by Teachers College faculty in several departments explores the ways in which creativity, imagination, and innovation can be developed in formal and informal educational contexts.

The Symposium builds upon the longstanding Teachers College legacy of John Dewey and Maxine Greene in reminding educators of the critical role of creativity and imagination in sparking innovation. We believe that nothing could be more important for education in the 21st century.

We invite you to join us on April 28th and 29th for this exciting event. The Symposium is free and open to the public. Please spread the word!

Margaret Crocco and Lori Custodero, Symposium Co-Chairs

Schedule for Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation Symposium
April 28 & 29, 2011

Thursday, April 28

5:30-6 PM: Registration in Zankel Hall           

Nuyorican Poets’ Café spoken word troubadours will perform

Welcome - Margaret Crocco in Macy Gallery

Reception and art exhibit

7 – 9 PM: Experiential Workshops in Creativity and Imagination

Participating in Democracy through Garage Bands with Randall Allsup

Documenting Creativity through Videography with Margaret Crocco and Social Studies students

Exploring Computer-Generated Sound with James Frankel

Reimagining a Renaissance Image of Education: Michel de Montaigne and Creative Teaching with David Hansen and Megan Laverty

Creating Worlds with Photomontage with Olga Hubard

Engaging in Multi-disciplinary Artistic Experiences  with Lee Pogonowski and the Creative Arts Laboratory Team

Creating a Digital Story with Hua-Chu Yen

Interpreting Poetry Through the Visual and Performing Arts with Pat Zumhagen


Friday, April 29

9:15 AM:  Coffee and registration outside the Cowin Center

10 AM: Welcome - Hal Abeles        

Greetings by Provost and Dean, Thomas James



10:15 AM: Seminar Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation  Moderated by Ron Gross. What is it?    How do we nurture it in K-16 education and adult organizations, especially in an age that puts such a premium on standardization and accountability? How do we “know it when we see it”? Does it look the same around the world?

Participants: Sharon Bailin, Emeritus Professor, Philosophy, Simon Fraser University

Lori Custodero, Associate Professor, Music Education, Teachers College

Michael Hanson, Adjunct Professor/Director of the Creativity Degree Program,  Teachers College

Beth Hennessey, Professor, Psychology, Wellesley College 

Xiaodong Lin, Associate Professor, Technology and Education, Teachers College

Victoria Marsick, Professor, Adult Education, Teachers College

Keith Sawyer, Associate Professor, Psychology, Washington University

Michael Wesch, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Kansas State University

 Noon: Lunch On Your Own


Afternoon activities will take place in Cowin Center

1:30 – 2:00 PM:  Flourishing in & Surviving the Creative Life

Welcome - Joan Jeffri, “Art Cart: Saving the Legacy Artists”

Betty Blayton, artist

Eva Deutsch Costobel, artist

Ray Grist, artist

Diana Kurz, artist

China Marks, artist

Peter Ruta, artist


Edward Clapp, author of 20 under 40

Lori Custodero with creative children, Claire (11 years) and Lucy (8 years) Hafteck

Maxine Greene, Emerita Professor of Philosophy, TC

Eric Oberstein, Artist/Musician/Arts Administrator

Nick Sousanis, Comics creator, & founder of


2:30 - 3:30 PM: Intergenerational Salons- Creative Conversations with Creative People

3:30 – 4:00 PM: Coffee break

4:00 PM: Keynote Address
- by Steven Berlin Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From
SBJ poster

5: 15 PM: Jazz ensemble performance

For more information, please contact Tim Patterson at

This design is based on work done by David Ort for TC's Office of External Affairs.

Additional graphic design by Barbara Metzger.

TC food