LEXINGTON, Ky.—Transylvania University will blossom this spring in more ways than one.
Sure, the cherry trees will bloom in Old Morrison Circle, but beyond that, the community is invited to experience ideas in full-flower during the Creative Intelligence Series. From sleep patterns to criminal justice to our perceptions of beauty, a variety of stimulating topics are on tap.
All three of the spring Creative Intelligence lectures are free and open to the public.
In upcoming weeks, community members can attend these talks:
Researcher and author Karen Tice, professor of gender and women’s studies and educational policy studies at the University of Kentucky, will present a talk related to her new book “Queens of Academe: Beauty Pageantry, Student Bodies, and College Life,” which examines the themes of class, race, beauty, body discipline and self-regulation in the contexts of higher education and student cultures. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.
Roxanne Prichard, associate professor of psychology from the University of St. Thomas, in Minnesota, will present her extensive work on sleep patterns and disturbed sleep in college students. Prichard graduated in 1998 from Transylvania with a major of her own making—bio-psychology. She later did her postgraduate work at the University of Wisconsin, earning a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Her areas of interest are sleep and circadian rhythms and neuroanatomy. She studies the effects the amount of sleep have on the immune system in college students.
Anne Morrison Piehl, professor of economics and director of the criminal justice program at Rutgers University in New Jersey, will present her work on the causes and consequences of the prison population boom, determinants of criminal sentencing outcomes, and the connections between immigration and crime, past and present.
Throughout the academic year, Transylvania’s Creative Intelligence Series offers art exhibitions, performances, presentations by academics whose work has had an exceptional influence on their disciplines and lectures by speakers who have applied their creativity to solving social problems and enriching their communities.
“Presenters are asked to talk about the process of their work, not just the products of it,” said Meg Upchurch, psychology professor and series coordinator. “A goal of the series is to help students become aware that creative, engaged problem solving can occur in a variety of disciplines and contexts.”
To learn about similar events on Transylvania’s campus, view the university’s public events calendar. Cowgill Center is on Third Street just east of Old Morrison. Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Mitchell Fine Arts Center at the corner of Fourth and Upper Streets and in several other lots along North Upper. For more details about the Creative Intelligence Series, contact Upchurch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-233-8252.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
― Albert Einstein