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13 Ways of Looking at Creativity
5 months ago

13 Ways of Looking at Creativity

By  •  Spring 2019, Features

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I. BEND, BREAK, BLENDIf you know where to listen, you can hear the creative process unfold right before your ears. That’s especially so if you have a guide …
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Creativity Myths
5 months ago

Creativity Myths

Jing Zhou, photo by Tommy LaVerne

Creativity is Jing Zhou’s business. As the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, Zhou studies the ways …
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Improv & Tradition
5 months ago

Improv & Tradition

Danny Kamins, photo by Tommy LaVergne

As in daily life, improvisation in jazz means the spontaneous invention of something new. To the audience, this think-on-your-feet creativity may sound effortless — …
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Failing Better
5 months ago

Failing Better

Photo by Jeff Fitlow

What do a giraffe feeder, an IV drip and a robotic arm have in common? They’re all recent Rice engineering design projects that were tested and …
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Homework: Variations on a Theme
5 months ago

Homework: Variations on a Theme

By  •  Spring 2019, Features

Classical musicians have mined the form of themes and variations to create enduring works of imagination. As a listener, think of Beethoven’s 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, …
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Everyday Creativity
5 months ago

Everyday Creativity

A playwright, lyricist and psychologist, James C. Kaufman’s professional and creative work explains why creativity matters — particularly why we should care about it, measure it and nurture it. For …
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Creativity Killers
5 months ago

Creativity Killers

The internet is packed with artful pictures superimposed with concise, insightful quotes about creativity from Teresa Amabile, a creativity scholar at Harvard Business School. One of the best — “One …
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Plié and Lead
5 months ago

Plié and Lead

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In the downtown studios of the Houston Ballet, young dancers spend their days leaping and stretching, bending and spinning. In the ballet’s professional training program, they learn to …
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A Family Story
5 months ago

A Family Story

Photo by Jeff Fitlow

How do you distill and communicate the essence of a person? As a guest lecturer in Anthony Brandt’s Creativity Up Close class, Anne Chao ’05 challenges …
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Mixing It Up
5 months ago

Mixing It Up

Alison Weaver, photo by Tommy LaVergne

What makes a painting by 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer distinctly recognizable? The intimate settings? The natural light and shadows? The exquisite details?


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