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Homework: Variations on a Theme
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 months 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
11 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
11 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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Border Lines
11 months 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!
11 months 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
11 months 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
1 year 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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