Montclair State University offers its popular Creative Thinking course May 19 – June 12 as part of the 2014 Summer Session. Enrollment is open to MSU students as well as students at other universities and members of the general public.The course dispels the myth that creativity “strikes” like a bolt of lightning or a stroke of genius. Instead, students develop tools and approaches that foster innovation across disciplines. According to MSU provost Willard Gingerich, they learn “what it looks and smells and feels like to be creative.”
Creative Thinking integrates visits from artists and thinkers in
many disciplines. MSU
physics professor Dr. Ashwin Vaidya leads the summer course, with support from
faculty in dance, mathematics, philosophy and religion, music, biology,
humanities, and writing. Liz Queler, one
of the creators of Still Will Be Heard, a music theatre piece making its world
premiere at Peak Performances at Montclair State, will also spend time with the
class as a visiting artist.
Creative Thinking developed as a collaborative effort of MSU’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programming (Peak Performances) and its Research Academy for University Learning. With support from a Creative Campus Innovations Grant awarded by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, a team of seven Montclair State University professors created the pilot course, which launched in 2012.