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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Playtime - How to Think About Games

Playtime – How to Think About Games

We just can’t stop thinking about games. Over the course of the semester, our discussions and workshops have centered on word games, board games, computer games, and how each has the potential to shift (or explode) our mode of thinking. Michael Stewart, lecturer in the Brown English department, employs Surrealist parlor games “to make the writing...
The Architecture of a Syllabus

The Architecture of a Syllabus

Kali Quinn and TJ Kalaitzidis floated a prompt: “When we think about learning, what do we love, what do we fear, what do we feel?” During a Friday Creative Scholars meeting, they challenged us to peer through this visceral lens as we mapped the architecture of a class-term. But rather than launch directly into a...

‘Mother of all dialectics’ — the push and pull of creativity

The pursuit of creativity can seem baffling. When you ask someone how she manages to “be creative,” you may hear descriptions of everything from an ephemeral burst of inspiration while hiking to a brainstorming meeting in a regulated office context. This isn’t just the fault of our fuzzy language around creativity—even in psychology, creativity is...

How to talk about process

At a recent Creative Scholars meeting, I brought up an article that appeared in the New York Times earlier this month. The article examined the idea of “creativity as academic discipline,” focusing on specific undergraduate and graduate programs that aim to teach creativity. The article was interesting, but the reader comments were what really drew...
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...