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Bill Ivey, director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, launches Marlboro College’s 2005-2006 Monday Night Lecture Series, whose theme this year is “Creativity.” Ivey will discuss how creativity can enhance the quality of community and individual life on Monday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon Street in Brattleboro.

Although creativity has recently been viewed as a tool for public good and economy growth, its full potential has yet to be explored. In “Creativity and the Public Interest,” Ivey asks what the connections between creativity and public interest are, and how a new understanding of these links can lead to vibrant, expressive community and individual life.

Ivey, a senior fellow at the Center for Arts and Culture, is also the facilitator for Leadership Music and chair of the Board of the National Recording Preservation Foundation. From 1998 to 2001, he served as the seventh chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts where he launched the Challenge America Initiative, which has amassed over 25 million dollars in government funds for the N.E.A. A folklorist, writer and historian, Ivey is a four-time Grammy Award nominee, president of the American Folklore Society and has a forthcoming book on America’s endangered cultural heritage.

Ivey’s talk inaugurates the Creative Economy Symposium sponsored by the Alliance for the Arts in Brattleboro and Marlboro College, and held on September 12-13 at the Marlboro College Graduate Center. Drawing on the area’s innovative regional resources, the conference will explore how to use the three T’s of economic development-- technology, talent and tolerance-- to further develop the full creative and economic potential of southeastern Vermont.

Ivey’s talk is free and open to the public. Marlboro’s Monday Night Lectures Series is 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.

The Marlboro College Graduate Center in Brattleboro, Vermont was established
in 1997 by Marlboro College to offer premiere graduate programs in
technology and education. In 2000, Marlboro purchased the Technology Center
facility to augment its educational experience by fostering synergies among
the tenant technology-oriented companies and the education programs, and to
support regional economic development.

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