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.
Creative Pursuits: People and Projects
You can steal the secrets of this truly creative school

You can steal the secrets of this truly creative school

Adam Tilove is the Head of School for the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island. We at the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island pride ourselves on being an institution that “inspires creativity.” I was asked by the folks at the Creative Scholars Project “how” we do that on a practical level. Here...
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...

Prof. Krueger and “The Psychology of Creativity”

Last semester, Psychology Professor Joachim Krueger offered a first-year seminar titled, “The Psychology of Creativity.” I was eager to hear about the course and get his take on creative process. While Professor Krueger’s course was framed around psychology and featured academic readings, he described it as largely experimental and intended to encourage exploration. A core element of...