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NewsMarlboro's Monday Night Lecture Series Focuses on Creativity

Marlboro, Vermont—The 2005-2006 theme of Marlboro College’s celebrated Monday Night Lecture Series is Creativity. Lectures are held at 7:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College.

The series will start on September 12 with a lecture on “Creativity and the Public Interest” by Bill Ivey, director of Vanderbilt University’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy. In his talk, Ivey asks what the underlying connections between creativity and the public interest are, and how a new understanding of these linkages can enhance individual well-being while building strong communities.

Ivey’s talk also serves as the keynote address of a Creative Economy symposium, co-sponsored by Marlboro College and the Alliance for the Arts in Brattleboro. Please note that this lecture will take place at the Marlboro College Graduate Center on 28 Vernon Street in Brattleboro at 7 p.m.

On September 19, Marcia B. Siegel, internationally known dance critic, historian and teacher, will discuss the choreographic legacy of Twyla Tharp. In “Exploring Twyla Tharp's Choreography,” Siegel will discuss Twarp’s vast scope of work in dance, film and theater has spanned many decades and set many new trends in the world of dance and the performing arts. Please note that Siegel's visit will replace that of Liz Swados, who has cancelled for the fall.

September 26 brings Gail Danley, the 1996 international slam poetry champion, for “Very, Very Human: Creating Poems That Speak to Us All.” Danley will give a performance of her poetry followed by a discussion of her work. Slam, developed in the 1980s, combines movement, voice, drama and the written word to deliver poetry in an “unforgettable spoken word experience.”

Join composer and musician Daniel Bernard Roumain for “What Music Means, Now” on October 10. Often described as "Beethoven meets Lenny Kravitz", this Award- winning African-American composer/musician of Haitian descent seamlessly blends funk, rock, hip-hop and classical music and creates a new sonic vision that is "far out and creative in another world."

Future lectures in the series include:

October 24
“Peak Oil: Challenges and Opportunities”
Richard Heinberg,
professor of human ecology, New College of California

October 31
“Teaching Creativity: The Studio Habits of Mind”
Lois Hetland,
research associate, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education

January 23
“Did Somebody Say Censorship?”
Richard Taruskin,
professor of music, University of California at Berkeley

January 30
“Culture, Conversation, and Creativity”
Michael Silverstein,
professor of anthropology, linguistics and psychology, University of Chicago

February 6
“Symbiogenesis, Not Random Mutation”
Lynn Margulis,
professor of geosciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Postponed to February 14
“Rhythm and Creativity in the Black Church”
Horace Boyer,
professor of music emeritus, University of Massachusetts Amherst, with trio The Year of Jubilee 3

February 20
“The Creative Campus”
Steven Tepper
, assistant director, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy

March 6
“Confucian Humanism: Creative Approaches to Modern Problems”
Weiming Tu,
Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute

All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. Lectures are funded by the Thompson Trust, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, the Vermont Humanities Council and an anonymous donor. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (


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