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Everyday Creativity
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

Plié and Lead

Photo: 123rf

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
1 month 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
1 month 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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Border Lines
1 month ago

Border Lines

Graph (detail) by Veronica Gomez

“My creative process always starts with research,” said Veronica Gomez ’19, a recent Rice architecture graduate. While designing her master’s thesis, she studied the history, …
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That’s Genius!
1 month ago

That’s Genius!

Brain illustration: Getty Images

What do geniuses have in common? Is the mind of an artistic genius the same as a scientific genius? Can you (or I) learn to be …
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Nature’s Language
1 month ago

Nature’s Language

Sideways to the Sun (2019) | Through May 18, 2019 | Commissioned by the Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University | Photo by Nash Baker

In the massive …
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The Thought Factory
4 months ago

The Thought Factory

Two political veterans shared the stage at the Baker Institute to discuss electoral reform. But the fun really began when they turned their attention to contemporary politics.

It was spring …
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In Pursuit of Nothing
4 months ago

In Pursuit of Nothing

Illustration by Gracia Lam

“You can never have too much sky.”— Sandra Cisneros

We stepped out of the woods into the sunshine and were immediately swarmed by gnats, likely attracted …
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