The creative spark may seem a mysterious gift bestowed on artists and inventors. Join us as WashU scientists, designers, and entrepreneurs unpack the enigma by exploring the role of rest, failure, process, and aging on creativity. Learn what fuels the flame and how we can kindle inventiveness in our own lives.

Free and open to the public, the series is sponsored by University College, the professional and continuing education division in Arts & Sciences.

The lectures will begin February 4th and are offered every Saturday in February from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Hillman Hall, room 70 on the Danforth Campus. 

Seating is limited and RSVPs are requested. Lectures may be attended individually or in the entire series. If you have questions, please contact us at (314) 935-6700 or

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February 4
Hillman Hall, room 70                        

Creativity and the Resting Brain

Marc Raichle, Professor of Radiology, Neurology, Neurobiology and Biomedical Engineering, Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor of Medicine

February 11
Hillman Hall, room 70                        

The Science (and Art) of Later Life Creativity

Brian Carpenter, Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Faculty Lead for Educational Initiatives, Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging

February 18
Hillman Hall, room 70                        

Be the Designer of Your World: Thoughts About the Process

Heather Corcoran, Director, College & Graduate School of Art, Jane Reuter Hitzeman and Herbert F. Hitzeman, Jr. Professor of Art

February 25
Hillman Hall, room 70                        

Create or Perish. Innovate or Die: The Power and Promise of the Rise of Innovation Ecosystems in Middle America

Dedric Carter, Vice Chancellor for Operations and Technology Transfer, Professor of Engineering Practice


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The lectures will be held in Hillman Hall, room 70 (building #56) on the Danforth Campus.

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