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NewsA Creative Campus Encourages a Superior Learning Environment

Steven Tepper, associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy and assistant professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University, will explore approaches that encourage creativity on the college campus on Monday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College as part of Marlboro College’s Monday Night Lecture Series on creativity.

In “Seeing and Coloring: Creativity and the Mission of the University,” Tepper will discuss how creativity contributes to a successful and fulfilling education and how colleges are—and can be—creative places. To counter the fact that creativity as a critieria has consistently been ignored in college rankings, Tepper has developed a “creativity index” that can assess the environment that fosters creativity and how much it shapes the learning process on campus. Tepper will also highlight innovative strategies to increase a college’s artistic and creative assets.

Tepper is coeditor, with Bill Ivey, of the forthcoming book, Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America’s Cultural Life (Routledge, 2007), and has published a range of articles on the sociology of art, cultural policy and democracy. Previously, he served as the deputy director of Princeton University’s Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies. For over five years Tepper has been a member of the Center for Arts and Cultural National Network, and was elected to the Executive Board of the Association of Cultural Economics in 2003. He has served as a consultant to many foundations and centers including the National Humanities Center, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Canadian Confederation Center for the Arts. Tepper earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University, a M.A. in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in international relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This lecture is free of charge and open to the public. The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. Monday Night Lectures are funded by the Thompson Trust, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, the Vermont Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities 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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