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Listen to an interview with Ruth Richards on the ethics and psychology of creativity!

02/25/2015

Saybrook alumna Dr. Dr. Aurora Sidney-Ando isn't the only member of the Saybrook community to be interviewed on ServiceSpace. 

Dr. Ruth Richards, a legendary scholar on the creativity of everyday life and member of our faculty, has also been profiled and interviewed there. 

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Nuturing the Arts and Creativity as a tool to help others grow

02/23/2015

As a child, Saybrook alumna Dr. Aurora Sidney-Ando was so shy she used to hide behind books.  

But it was the arts - especially painting - that helped her overcome that burden.  At Saybrook, she studied how the arts can be used to help others, and worked to help teenage girls express themselves through paintings.

Dr. Sidney-Ando tells us all about it in a moving interview she gave ServiceSpace.com, which you can read here.

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Meet Creativity Studies student Glenn Graves

02/06/2015

What made you decide to apply to the Creativity Studies program at Saybrook University?

I received my Master’s in Human Science from Saybrook in 2002, while I was living in Asia. At that time I had been working in film production and creative directing in the advertising world. Once I received my Master’s I began working as a psychotherapist and have since been Managing and counseling in private practice in Singapore. However I have continued my creative work in the advertising industry.

What do you plan to do with the knowledge and experience you're getting in the program?

I really value working as a psychotherapist and feel it is a great opportunity to get people connected to the creativity that each of holds for healing ourselves. I incorporate as much of the unconscious in to my therapy work as is appropriate by using EMDR, or dream working but I also believe in the power of perspective shift and like to work with this as well.

In addition I hope to use creativity to enter into other arenas of change management or innovation, be it the corporate sector or inventing products or leading creativity experientials.

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Teaching Creativity: Is the Tyrant Teacher in Whiplash a Good Role Model?

01/16/2015

by Steven Pritzker, PhD

Whiplash, a movie nominated for best picture this year, is about a drummer in an elite music school’s relationship with a strict highly demanding teacher who runs the schools premier jazz orchestra. The teacher is played by J. K. Simmons who won a Golden Globe for the role and has been nominated for an Academy Award. No question that Simmons does a very good job in the role.

The teacher he plays is a sadist who tortures his best students by belittling them. He mocks their families, uses homophobic slurs, makes fun of their physical appearances, mercilessly pits musicians against each other and even slaps them. All this is done, the character claims, in the interest of achieving excellence. And of course, in true Hollywood fashion, he drives his prize student to almost quit but them come back and find true greatness fulfilling his own dream as well as that of his student.

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Creativity in the Classroom: a big push on arts and creativity in California Schools

12/22/2014

by Diana Rivera

Creativity studies students balance their academic interests with a strong mission toward social and organizational change.  They are conscious of the lack of quality experiences related to creativity in many social spheres, specifically in education.  Many Saybrook students work in or are familiar with the lack of arts education for primary, elementary, and high school level students throughout the country, and can carry eloquent conversations to assert the reasons why it is important.  There have been some notable nation-wide and state-level attempts to turn around the situation as a result of data suggesting higher grades and increased self-esteem for students who are part of arts integration programs.

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Adventures in Creativity: A Venture, A Block and A Breakthrough

12/16/2014

by Linda Riebel

Last year, I boldly went where I had never gone before. In the beloved tragic French opera /Carmen,/ there is a gorgeous instrumental melody in the overture to Act III, an air that appears nowhere else in the opera. I wondered, Why has it never been given words and made into a song of its own? As my tenth wedding anniversary approached, I did exactly that as a surprise gift to my opera-loving husband.

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Meet Creativity Studies PhD Student Melinda Rothouse

12/16/2014

Tell us a little about your background.

I’m a singer, songwriter, and bass player and I work as a writing and creativity coach and consultant, working with individuals and organizations to deepen their facility with the creative process, through one-on-one coaching, workshops, and retreats. I have a B.A. in Biopsychology, as well as Master’s degrees in Religious Studies and Performance Studies, and have worked as a professor and writing center tutor in a number of colleges and universities. I also practice and teach Buddhist meditation and contemplative arts programs.

What made you decide to apply to the Creativity Studies program at Saybrook University?

I had been flirting with the idea of doing my Ph.D. for a long time, but knew that I wanted to find a non-traditional, low-residency, and very progressive program. When I discovered the Creativity Studies specialization at Saybrook, I knew I was on to something, and once I spoke with Steve and Ruth, I decided to go ahead and apply (it was the only program I applied to in the end). Once I arrived at my first R.C. I knew I was in the right place.

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Meet Creativity Studies student Anthony Julius Williams

11/30/2014

Tell us a little about your background.

I am an African-American multimedia theater artist who creates work about social justice and sustainable communities. I’m currently collaborating with OutLook Theater in San Francisco on an immersive theater piece that explores the theme of belonging. I am also teaching storytelling skills to young Black men in a community program that teaches leadership and science skills to underserved youth.

What made you decide to apply to the Creativity Studies program at Saybrook University?

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Call for Submissions: The New School Psychology Bulletin

03/31/2014

The New School Psychology Bulletin: Call for Submissions

If you are a graduate student in psychology, we invite you to submit your research to the New School Psychology Bulletin. We are currently accepting manuscripts for publication in the second volume of our 11th issue. It is important to note that we also accept manuscripts to the New School Psychology Bulletin throughout the year. However, the submission deadline for this volume is APRIL 4TH, 2014.

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Upcoming Art Festivals, 2014

03/31/2014

1.) The Fourth Asian Conference on the Arts and Humanities: April 3-6 2014: Click here for more information

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