Professor Rick Kemp, head of Acting and
Directing in the Department of Theater and Dance, was selected to join
other innovators in neuroscience and the arts to participate in an
international seminar on the sources of creativity and innovation.
The mission of the Salzburg Global Seminar
is to challenge current and future leaders to solve issues of global
concern. To do this, the organization designs, facilitates, and hosts
programs to drive social change in the areas of imagination,
sustainability, and justice.
Salzburg Global Seminar 547 focused on
neuroscience and art, asking “What are the Sources of Innovation and
Creativity?” In recent years, there have been an increasing number of
scientific investigations into art, exploring what actually happens in
the brain during the creative process. This seminar represents a
pioneering step to establish a neutral international forum to discuss
state-of-the-art findings from a cross-disciplinary perspective,
prioritize future research, and expand creative opportunities for
learning, innovation and collaboration.
In addition to participating in
the seminar as a whole, Kemp was asked to facilitate one of four focus
groups charged with mapping research in progress and advancing
Department of Theater and Dance