Peruvian, Moche;Detail from Rattle-based cup in form of owl
Burnished gray ceramic, ca. 550-700 CE
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James F. Mathias (Barbara V. Lord, Class of 1934)

Steven J. Tepper Speaks at Mount Holyoke

Feb 02, 2012 by Jane Gronau

Can creativity be taught? Colleges across the country – and around the world – acknowledge that to give students an edge as they prepare to become productive citizens of the 21st century, ways must be found to teach them creativity.

Recent research suggests that creativity isn't simply a product of personality or individual psychology, but rather is rooted in a set of teachable competencies. These skills not only lie at the heart of artistic endeavor, but also lead to innovation in engineering and technology, and science and medicine, separating leaders from followers.

On 3 February 2012, Steven J. Tepper, Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, will offer the feature lecture "Creative Work and the Work of Creativity: How Colleges and Universities Can Prepare Graduates to Reinvent Our World" at the opening of Mount Holyoke College Art Museum’s special exhibition, Artists and the Noble Profession: The 2012 Studio Art Faculty Exhibition. The lecture will take place in Gamble Auditorium at Mount Holyoke at 4:30 p.m. with a reception to follow the talk.

Check out Tepper's article Uncle Henry Is Wrong. There's A Lot You Can Do With That Degree.