Beyond Campus: M-I-Z in K.C. 2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 6:30pm

Coterie Theater, Crown Center Shops, Kansas City

Presentation 6:30 p.m., reception to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Coterie Theater, Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City

Free and open to the public

"Teaching Creativity to Bioengineers—and Everybody Else"

Assistant Professor Ferris M. Pfeiffer, Bioengineering
Curators’ Teaching Professor of Theatre Suzanne Burgoyne

Creativity is a highly valued 21st-century skill. You’d think it would be taught in school.  However, if you’ve seen Sir Ken Robinson’s 2006 TED Talk, you know that all of us are born creative, but schools squelch creativity instead of encouraging it.  For the past three years, Pfeiffer (bioengineering) and Burgoyne (theatre) have been teaching theatre-based creativity lessons to bioengineering capstone students, with surprising results. Please join us to learn about our research. Prepare to experience some hands-on, minds-on activities that engage students in rediscovering their creativity. Learning can be fun, one can be creative in any field, and creativity can be taught across the curriculum.

Committed to engaging with the communities it serves, MU's College of Arts and Science offers Beyond Campus, a series that showcases the range and relevance of the college's research and programs, which serve as the foundation for all undergraduates at MU, whether they major in an A&S discipline or not. The events in this series are intended for the general public, including alumni, business and community leaders, and prospective students. All are welcome. 

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