Lecture series on creativity kicks off: Songify creators, Gregory Brothers, to come in following weeks

Ken Steen and Gene Scott (pictured above) recently kicked off the lecture series on Creativity on Feb. 14 discussing their creative collaboration of media and music. Brian Izzo | The Informer

Theresa Stores, professor of creative writing in the English Department of Arts and Sciences is hosting a series of lectures on creativity through the Humanity Center.

This project was created for the benefit of students, faculty, guest appearances, and are open to the public community.

A number of different special guest appearances including a speaker from Yale University, the Guerilla Girls who fight discrimination while in gorilla masks to make statements, Adam Goodworth, the Gregory Brothers who created Songify that created popular videos such as “Can’t Hug Every Cat” and several from the University’s different programs will discuss their feelings and antics regarding creativity.

In the past year or so, Stores has been working on fulfilling her desire of a lecture that includes people of all ages to get involved and think about creativity from different perspectives.

Stores, who is one of the creative writing professors, has written three fictional novels, expressing her love for writing imaginative and artistic writing.

Throughout the seminar, “creativity will be presented regarding different disciplines; business to the arts, media, music, philosophy, science, literature and new technologies,” Stores said. “Questions such as ‘What is creativity?’ and ‘Why is creativity important?’ will be a part of each lecture.”

Stores noted, “in order to navigate through life, we must think creatively and outside of the box. We have to take risks in order to catch the eye of the audience we are targeting.”

Stores began her lecture by contacting the Women for Change funds, the same funding group that sponsored her first year seminar class in the fall semester. She plans on revealing her thoughts and her own discussions, along with others, to add more enlightenment to the discussions. Other contributing foundations include the Hartt School, the Hartford Art School and the Humanity Center.

Starting the series of discussions on Feb. 14, faculty member Gene Scott for the Hartford Art School brought up discussion regarding creativity and art. Ken Steen from the Hartt School of Music was also featured in the discussion. Together, they presented their collaborative work media and other visual elements.

The next discussion will be on Feb. 21. Beth Richards, the Director of the First and Second-Year Writing Program for the Department of Rhetoric and Professional Writing in the College of Arts & Sciences and a Fellow of the Humanities Center, will be speaking about creative nonfiction and exploring the truth and lies in a genre of writing.

Anyone is welcome to attend the lectures. They are every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Dana Hall until early May.