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Performance and artist talk about imagination and creativity

Apr 17, 2019

On April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum on Flagler College’s campus, Stephen Asma, professor of philosophy at Columbia College Chicago, will present to the public “The Evolution of Imagination: A Lecture and Performance.” The event is free.

Headshot of visiting lecturer Stephen Asma

Photo by Philip Dembinski

Asma is the senior fellow of the Research Group in Mind, Science and Culture at Columbia College Chicago. He’s also a 2014 Fulbright Scholar and has lectured at Brown University, Fudan University (Shanghai), the Field Museum and at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

His artist talk will focus on the evolution of imagination and the creative brain. The performance piece of his presentation will include speaking about and playing blues guitar.

While here, Asma will also be visiting the Flagler College art studios to meet and work with printmaking students.

He is the author of 10 books and a regular contributor to publications such as the Chronicle of Higher Education and The New York Times. Some of his books include “On Monsters: an Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears,” “The Evolution of Imagination” and a just-released book from Harvard University Press, “The Emotional Mind: Affective Roots of Culture and Cognition” with Rami Gabriel.

Asma is visiting Flagler College at the invitation of the Office of Academic Affairs, through Kenan Distinguished Professor of Art Patrick Moser.

This speaking engagement is free and open to the public, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Phil Pownall at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice.

Call (904) 826-8617 for more information.

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