Creativity Topic of Shasha Seminar
creativity will be the topic of discussion during the fourth annual Shasha
Seminar for Human Concerns Oct. 6-8 at Wesleyan.
“The Shasha Seminar is a wonderful example of Wesleyan's commitment to
lifelong learning,” says Linda Secord, director of alumni education. “We
expect this year's discussion of creativity to be stimulating, giving
participants newly informed perspectives that they will take with them as
they return to their personal and professional lives.”
Through a series of seminars and hands-on workshops, alumni, parents and
friends will expand their understanding of the creative process and its
impact on human endeavors.
Past seminars have explored a wide range of issues, from global conflict to
ethics to the environment. This year, experts will lead sessions on topics
such as “Creativity as Collaboration,” “Scientific Genius and Creativity,”
“The Power of the Arts to Change Lives,” “Breaking Rules, Making Rules,” and
“Creativity in the Workplace.”
Attendees also can take workshops in Javanese Gamelan, African drumming,
drawing, writing, and behavioral study of human speech and birdsong.
“The interaction among participants is always spirited and rich with ideas,”
Howard Gardner P '91, P '98, the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of
Cognition and Education at Harvard University is this year’s keynote
Seminars speakers include:
Abraham Adzenyah, M.A. '79, adjunct professor of music at Wesleyan; Ramon
Alos Sanchez, a graduate student in film direction at the Centro
Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, Italy; Julie Burstein '80, executive
producer of Studio 360 at WNYC Radio in New York; John Frazer, professor of
art, emeritus at Wesleyan; Anne Greene, adjunct professor of English at
Wesleyan, director of Writing Programs, and director of the Wesleyan Writers
Also John Kirn, associate professor of biology and associate professor of
neuroscience and behavior and chair of the Neuroscience and Behavior Program
at Wesleyan; Liz Lerman, founding artistic director of Liz Lerman Dance
Exchange; Ricardo Morris, director of the Green Street Arts Center; Janice
Naegele, associate professor of biology, and associate professor of
neuroscience and behavior at Wesleyan; John Paoletti, the William R. Kenan
Professor of the Humanities, professor of art history, and director of the
new museum project at Wesleyan.
Also Nick Rabkin P’08, executive director of the Center for Arts Policy at
Columbia College Chicago; Alan Robinson, a faculty member at Isenberg School
of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Sumarsam, M.A.
'76, chair and adjunct professor of music at Wesleyan.
Endowed by James Shasha '50, the Shasha Seminar supports lifelong learning
and encourages participants to expand their knowledge and perspectives on
The cost is $250 per person.
For more information or to register, contact Kathy Macko at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-685-2737. The Shasha Seminar Web site is:
Olivia Bartlett, The Wesleyan Connection