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Hancock Symposium Schedule of Events


2018 Hancock Symposium

Creativity & Innovation: Imagining Our Way into the Future

Tuesday, September 11 & Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Tuesday, Sept. 11

9:00-9:20 AM:  Opening of 2018 HSWC: Dr. Nate Leonard (Champ Auditorium)

9:20-10:15 AM:  Plenary Session 1

  • Dr. Barbara Kerr, Professor of Counseling Psychology, University of Kansas: "Bottled Lightning: The Psychology of Creative People" (Champ Auditorium)

10:30-11:30 AM:  Executive Session 1

  • Ashley Tate, Founder & Artistic Director, Ashleyliane Dance Company: "Community in Creativity: Dance as a Unifying Art Form"  (Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall)
  • Gina Shannon, Assistant Director, Clinical Skills Program, Emory University School of Medicine: "Giving the Gift: Applying Improvisation to Healthcare Simulation" (Church of St. Mary)

11:45 AM:  Lunch (Backer Dining Room/Marsh-Jones Dining Room)

1:30-2:30 PM:  Breakout Session 1 (Coulter Science Center) 

  • Gabe Fleisher, Editor-In-Chief, Wake Up to Politics: "Politics and Media in the Digital Age" (CSC 204)
  • Mark Anastasio, Professor of Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis: "Computational Methods for Modern Biomedical Imaging Systems" (CSC 304)
  • Beth Snyder, Owner & Product Development, OneCanoeTwo: "Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mountains, and Canoes: The Creativity in Etsy Entrepreneurship" (CSC 206)
  • Jane Mudd, Assistant Professor of Art, William Woods University: "Seeing Like an Artist" (CSC 126)

2:45-3:45 PM:  Plenary Session 2

  • Sarah Lench, Chief Curiosity Officer, Center for Innovation in Education: "Beyond the Toothbrush Test: The 21st Century Imperative of Fostering the Creative Potential of Every Student in Every School" (Champ Auditorium) 


Wednesday, Sept. 12 

9:00 - 10:15 AM: Executive Session 2

  • Gregory Rockson '12, Co-Founder & CEO, mPharma: "mPharma: Innovating Pharmaceutical Distribution in Sub-Saharan Africa" (Church of St. Mary)
  • Dr. Robin Blume-Kohout, Principal R&D Scientist, Sandia National Laboratories: "Creativity and Quantum Computing" (Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall)

10:30 - 11:30 AM:  Breakout Session 2

  • One-on-One with Dr. Robin Blume-Kohout, Principal R&D Scientist, Sandia National Laboratories (CSC 305)
  • Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri, Co-founder & Artistic Director, GreenHouse Theater Project: "A Resourceful Performance" (Hermann Lounge)
  • One-on-One with Sarah Lench, Chief Curiosity Officer, Center for Innovation in Education (CSC 126)
  • Westminster Eco Reading Group: "Ecologically Embracing & Envisioning the Future (CSC 304)
  • One-on-One with Gregory Rockson '12, Co-Founder & CEO, mPharma (CSC 207)

11:45 PM:  Lunch (Mueller Leadership Hall/Backer Dining Room)

1:30-2:30 PM: Plenary Session 3 

  • David Wilson, Co-Founder, True/False Film Festival: "Film Festivals as Creative Placemaking, OR What Artists Can Learn From Disneyland" (Champ Auditorium)
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