Lifelong Learning


Learning is a lifetime process, not something that ends with graduation. The UI Alumni Association, along with various partners across campus, is committed to providing enrichment through Lifelong Learning programs. Each year, at events held in cities across Iowa, UI faculty and staff share their knowledge and experience with alumni and friends of the university. Topics range from health issues and current events to career development.

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Surviving Creativity

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Institutions like the idea of creativity, but often resist the process of innovation. Educational systems train people to be "excellent cogs" from early on. All children are artistic in kindergarten but very little of that remains by the time they reach high school. Original ideas often receive criticism and creatives soon learn to suppress their unconventional thinking. History offers multiple examples of inventions that were first thought of as useless or absurd—including trains, the light bulb, human flight, the telephone, and even movies and TV.

Join UI professor , creativity expert, and author Jeffrey Agrell as he takes you on a guided tour of what drives resistance to new ideas and establishes ways we can celebrate and embrace our natural creativity.

Learn more and register by noon on Monday, Feb. 22, by clicking here.

In collaboration with:

Des Moines Public Library

Sponsored by:

The Reserve

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