Creative Workshop
INTERSTICES: An Exploration in Creativity

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INTERSTICES: An Exploration in Creativity

An interactive forum allowing practical and personal engagement with creativity

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 4 p.m. - 6:50 p.m.
Beckman Hall, Room 404


“I could not contemplate with any sort of comfort a life without work.
Creative imagination and work go together in me;
I take no delight in anything else” 
~Sigmund Freud

Creativity is more than the process of creating. It is about problem solving, risk taking, letting go of old patterns and set ways of doing things. It is about exploring different possibilities. Creativity manifests differently individual to individual; recognizing when and how you are being creative is part of the challenge. By nature people are creative; learning to identify our unique expressions of creativity can be a lifelong journey in constant motion.

Interstices is a workshop for everyone. The only necessity is that participant’s share curiosity in the creative process. Interstices will explore how we solve problems through creativity; how we can build strategies to recognize and cultivate creative processes; and how important space is to the creative act. Being creative can come easy to some, but being effective in creativity requires taking risks and be open to a fresh way of doing things.


4 p.m. -            

Event Overview

Panel Discussion: Theater Historian Jocelyn Buckner, Renowned Journalist Pico Iyer, Dr. Michelle Miller-Day, Academy Award winning Screenwriter Keir Pearson and Chancellor Struppa

5:50 p.m. -             

Refreshments (Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be provided)

Build Your Personal Creativity Map

6:30 p.m. -


+-Panelists Biographies

Jocelyn L Buckner, theatre historian Jocelyn L. Buckner, Chapman University Theatre Historian
Jocelyn L. Buckner is an Assistant Professor at Chapman University in the Department of Theatre. She teaches theatre history, historiography, dramaturgy, performance studies, and dramatic literature, theory, and criticism in courses for majors and non-majors. She also draws on her experience as a director and dramaturg to mentor the application and integration of students’ research and creative work in productions and independent projectsege. Prior to her academic career, she worked as an arts administrator specializing in fundraising and event planning. Dr. Buckner’s research and publications focus on the intersections and representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality in popular performance as well as feminist and African American theatre from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. Her current book project foregrounds the sister act phenomenon in U.S. popular entertainment at the turn of the last century as a representative touchstone of American society’s increasing acceptance of, and complicated relationship to, female subjectivity in public, political, and artistic spheres.
Pico Iyer Pico Iyer, Chapman Presidential Fellow and Renowned Journalist
Pico Iyer, Distinguished Presidential Fellow at Chapman University is longtime essayist for Time magazine, a frequent contributor to The New York Times and the author of 10 books. Pico writes up to 100 articles a year, for magazines spanning National Geographic, Wired and Vanity Fair. He’s also written liner notes for Leonard Cohen albums, a script for Miramax and has covered six Olympic Games. Born in Oxford, England, to parents from India, and raised between school (in England) and holidays in California, Iyer has been living for the past 25 years in rural Japan, when not traveling to Ethiopia, North Korea or Orange County.
Michelle Miller-Day Michelle Miller-Day, Chapman University Communication Studies
Michelle Miller-Day is a Professor of Communication Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California.  Prior to joining Chapman, Dr. Miller-Day occupied a faculty position at Penn State University at University Park. Dr. Miller-Day has served as the Principal Qualitative Investigator of a National Institute on Drug Abuse [NIDA/NIH] funded project for the past twenty years. This work has developed one of the most successful evidence-based substance use prevention programs in the United States and reaches more than two million youth worldwide. She has also served on a number of research grants to investigate or evaluate programs addressing issues at the intersection of health and communication. Currently, in addition to her drug prevention work, she partners with the Penn State Hershey Obesity and Diabetes Institute to evaluate “positive deviance” approaches to understanding obesity and diabetes prevention. Her cross-disciplinary work spans medicine, health, communication, and sociology and she has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, books, and chapters in a variety of outlets.
Keir Pearson Keir Pearson, Academy Award Nominated Screen Writer
Keir Pearson graduated from Harvard University in 1989. During the 1990s, he also participated in the 1992 Summer Olympics with the American rowing team. In 2000, Pearson heard the story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager living in Rwanda during the Rwandan Genocide. Fascinated, Pearson interviewed Rusesabagina and wrote the script for Hotel Rwanda, sending it to director Terry George, who fell in love with the story. The film was released in 2004 to positive reviews. George and Pearson shared an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay. Also securing Oscar nominations were Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo for their performances. Pearson’s recent screenplay about the American labor leader César Chávez, who founded the United Farm Workers, will be released in theatres 2014.
Chancellor Daniele Struppa Daniele Struppa, University Chancellor and Mathematician
A prolific scholar who has taught and lectured all over the world, Dr. Daniele Struppa serves as Chapman University's Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Struppa comes to Chapman after having taught mathematics at the University of Milano, the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, the University of Calabria and George Mason University. At George Mason he served as chairman of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  As Chancellor, Dr. Struppa is responsible for Chapman’s academic experience, including the coordination of the Chapman University curriculum, faculty hiring, tenure and promotion, as well as academic assessment and institutional research. He also oversees major Chapman community events, including Commencement and Convocation.

+-Related Articles and Books

Struppa: The problem with 'creativity'
By Daniele Struppa, Chapman University Chancellor
The Orange County Register

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently
By Carolyn Gregoire
The Huffington Post

Daily Routines: How writers, artist, and other interesting people organize their days
By Mason Currey

+-A Week in Workshops

1. Deconstructing and Re-imagining: Creativity across Disciplines

Assistant Professor of Art, Micol Hebron & Associate Professor of English, Tom Zoellner
Monday, April 21 | 12-1 p.m.
Laura Scudder Conference Room, Roosevelt Hall Dean’s Suite
RSVP: April 18, 2014

2. Truth and Lies; Writers and the Fictional World

Tuesday, April 22 | 12-1 p.m.
Associate Professor of English, James Blaylock & Professor of English, Richard Bausch
Laura Scudder Conference Room, Roosevelt Hall 127
RSVP: April 18, 2014

3. How Creative Collaborations Work: Poetry & Graphic Design

Associate Professor of English, Anna Leahy, Ph.D. & Associate Professor of Art, Claudine Jaenichen, M.A.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 2-3  p.m.
SH 101A
RSVP: April 18, 2014 to

4. Graduate Students Q & A with Author Pico Iyer

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Laura Scudder Conference Room, Roosevelt Hall 127
*Open only to MA and MFA students. Space is limited.
RSVP: April 18, 2014 to

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