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"Concepts Of Creativity" Is Theme Of Three-Day Humanities And Technology Conference At U.Va.

August 21, 2001-- If there is one trait that leads to the best work in all academic disciplines, it may well be creativity. Exploring how creativity is understood and encouraged in many different fields is the theme of the annual conference of the Humanities and Technology Association, a national interdisciplinary scholarly society, to be held at the University of Virginia Sept. 19-21.

The conference, "Concepts of Creativity in the Humanities, Science, and Technology," will feature lectures, paper presentations and discussions on such topics as "Creativity in Lyric Poetry, Music, and Engineering," "Understanding, Teaching, and Sustaining Creativity," "The Process of Discovery" and "Creativity Across the Curriculum."

Thomas Hughes, Mellon professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania and distinguished visiting professor at MIT and a noted historian of technology and science, will give the keynote address at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Rotunda Dome Room. His talk is titled "Feedback Controls, Dynamic Systems, and Atonal Music: The Art of Invention."

The conference also will feature an illustrated lecture by Miami-based artist Terje Lundaas, who produces dramatic glass sculptures through a blend of ancient technique and modern engineering. The presentation will be at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Alumni Hall Ballroom.

The conference registration fee, which includes receptions and a year’s membership in the Humanities and Technology Association, is $50 for U.Va. faculty, students and alumni, and $175 for others ($115 for non-U.Va. graduate students).

The conference is sponsored by the Division of Technology, Culture and Communication in U.Va.’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Registration forms and full conference information are available on the Web at http://www.tcc.virginia.edu/hta

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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