State University of New York at Fredonia Convocation 2010-2011

Convocation Year 2010-2011

2010-2011 Convocation Events


Howard Gardner, Keynote SpeakerHoward Gardner

Howard Gardner is best known for his theory of multiple intelligences. His address took place at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15 in King Concert Hall. The title of his talk was “Creativity: What we can learn from The Masters.” He focused on two of his books to talk about creativity—what we have learned from the most creative individuals and how we can apply these lessons to our own lives.

  • Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity as Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Gandhi
  • Extraordinary Minds: Portraits of 4 Exceptional Individuals and an Examination of our own Extraordinariness

There was a reception and book signing in the Williams Center immediately after the address.

» Read Dr. Gardner's bio 
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Creativity in Teams: Collaboration on the Edge
Dr. Daniel Grey Wilson (State University of New York at Fredonia, Class of 1993)
Principal Investigator, Project Zero 
Monday, October 25
2:00 pm, S-104 Williams Center

How do teams come to know and act in novel ways?  An essential element of creative thinking and action in teams is the ability to notice, explore, and experiment in order to solve a problem at hand. Based on research from creative design teams, innovative teaching teams, and extreme athletic teams, this talk suggested that effective team performance in creative contexts hinges on a group’s  ability to navigate several socio-psychological tensions: tensions of collaborative knowing, trusting, belonging, and leading. This talk showed images of how teams navigate these tensions through flexible use of language, roles, routines, and artifacts in order to create novel solutions.  

Sponsored by the Convocation Committee, Alumni Affairs, and Academic Affairs

Convocation Team

State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063