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Glass ceiling-shattering conductor Marin Alsop to give Creative Matters lecture March 28

The idea that “music has the power to change lives” is the organizing principle behind conductor Marin Alsop’s approach to her profession and her public service. In that spirit, she will offer a lecture at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28 in the University of Iowa’s Voxman School of Music Recital Hall.
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Theater artist Michael Rohd describes the magic-making where art and community meet

“We make listening central to our art-making,” said Michael Rohd about his theater company Sojourn Theatre at the Creative Matters lecture on April 5. “We are a theater company, but this isn’t a play that says ‘Come into our theater and let us tell you a story.’ This is a piece that says, ‘Come to this theater and, if you’re willing, engage in a conversation with us.’”
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Astrobiologist Grinspoon challenges us to dream cosmically at April 25 lecture

In a time when climate change is still debated, astrobiologist David Grinspoon wants to change the conversation. Grinspoon will offer a lecture titled “Earth in Human Hands: Creating Our Future with a Cosmic View of Our Past,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, Art Building West, Room 240.
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Designer and architect Neri Oxman to give Creative Matters lecture April 20

Operating at the crossroads of architecture, computation, science and engineering may seem like an uncomfortable fit. Yet Neri Oxman, associate professor of media arts and sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, is demonstrating with her scholarship that this disciplinary partnership is positively organic.
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Artistic director Michael Rohd to discuss cultivating community-centered arts April 5

Effective collaboration starts with something very simple: listening. Michael Rohd, Artistic Director of Center for Performance and Civic Practice and the Sojourn Theatre, will speak about his experiences collaborating with arts councils, service organizations, artists, community agencies and local governments around the country to make space and context for meaningful arts based partnership...
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Spring Creative Matters lectures offer speakers who push the envelope

Creativity animates life, connects people and is central to our human experience. That is the driving idea behind the Creative Matters lecture series, which continues this spring with a group of speakers who challenge us to think in new ways about the arts, sciences, business and engineering.
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Iowa Social Science Research Center offering NSF grant workshop series

Faculty, staff, students, and research administrators are invited to fine-tune their National Science Foundation (NSF) grant proposals at a specialized, eight-session workshop lead by George Malanson, Coleman-Miller Professor in the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences.
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Creative Matters panel promises dynamic theatrical experience at Joffrey Nutcracker

“We have such a responsibility with the Nutcracker,” said Christopher Wheeldon, Tony award winning choreographer at the Creative Matters panel on Nov. 29. “The Nutcracker is going to be many children’s first theatrical experience–the first time going to the theater–the gateway to what we hope to be the audience of the future. Everybody remembers their first Nutcracker.”
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NPR host Joe Palca tells the serendipitous stories of science at Creative Matters lecture

Pedal if you love NPR,” NPR science correspondent Joe Palca shouted to fellow RAGBRAI cyclists when he and a group of other NPR reporters rode the famous Iowa event in 2015. One NPR lover was University of Iowa Visiting Assistant Professor Julie Reynolds, jointly appointed with the UI Public Policy Center (PPC) and the College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics. Her RAGBRAI riding group, Team Groucho...
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Flint water activist calls for fixing public science at Creative Matters lecture

Setting the tone at the joint Richard L. Valentine Distinguished Lecture and Creative Matters lecture on Oct. 27, Virginia Tech environmental scientist and water quality activist Marc Edwards blasts the opening bars from a classic Twisted Sister song:
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Author Leslie Jamison discusses art and betrayal in Creative Matters lecture

There is an assumption, said author Leslie Jamison, that art is apart. “I insist it is a part of,” she said.
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Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky explains the art of the remix at Creative Matters lecture

“When you think about remixing and collage, it’s about playing what is well known and then de-familiarizing yourself with it,” said Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky) at the fourth Creative Matters lecture on Oct. 12. “Memory becomes a very ambiguous place because everything can be rewritten and everything can change.”