The Creative Scholars Project is a weekly discussion group – hosted by the Creative Mind Initiative and the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts - which examines creativity as it plays out in the teaching and research of faculty and students across academic disciplines at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. These conversations are a critical engagement with our creative processes in our teaching, research, and scholarship. We are interested in promoting interdisciplinary and interinstitutional conversations about what creativity is, how to better foster conditions for promoting it, and how to translate these insights into more effective pedagogies for teaching creative process within our respective disciplines.
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Spotlight on Scholars: Michael Stewart, English

Spotlight on Scholars: Michael Stewart, English

“It’s like going to Wikipedia and just clicking things randomly—that’s how I feel about Creative Scholars, and that’s more than enough reason.” What is creativity? To Michael Stewart, lecturer in the English Nonfiction Writing Program, it’s “curiosity applied.” “It’s a flippant response,” said Stewart, who has been grappling with the definition as part of the...

What’s revealed in the lapse of time

If globalization is a double-edged sword, photographer and documentary filmmaker Daniel Byers draws his inspiration from the edge opposite our own. The self-described “expedition artist” said in a Creative Mind lecture this evening, “I realized, as a documentarian and as a human, that I was really interested in exploring not the cutting edge of what...
Flying (Jr.) High - Airplanes and iteration

Flying (Jr.) High – Airplanes and iteration

“Who knows anything about design?” This morning, Ian ran a couple workshops with middle school students as part of the “Day of Academic Discovery and Exploration” for Brown’s 250th Anniversary. Two groups of around 15 seventh and eighth graders, from Del Sesto Middle School, Aldrich Jr. High School, Trinity Academy, and Martin Middle School, sat...
Lessons in Legos

Lessons in Legos

What better sight for sore, rainy-morning eyes than an ocean of Legos? We arrived, we chatted, we launched—for forty minutes of Friday’s Creative Scholars Project meeting, we focused completely on creating. There was no assignment, and there were no rules. Just play. Ian and Adam built spaceships. From the start, they sought appropriate blocks (the...