As an artist, Greg Bailey makes work that functions for him as his most direct and honest response possible to the world around him. Bailey’s use of metaphor relates his work both personally and universally. He uses a range of technical, conceptual, and expressive aspects in his work. His work combines narratives and contemporary theory; it engages in political, social and cultural awareness and commentary, utilizing elements of wit, humor, irony, and visual aesthetic.
Explore creativity in every aspect of human achievement.
Creativity is the ability to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, to realize something fresh and inventive. Creativity gives one a sense of being alive and valuable. There is creativity in everything, from scientific discoveries to a new business model to a plan to make the world just and sustainable.
Students in this Pathway will experience creativity within a variety of disciplines. Students will learn to analyze the similarities and differences between creation and innovation, explore how their personal identities connect to creativity, understand how knowledge is socially constructed with creativity, consider the moral and ethical implications of creativity and develop skills and practices for cultivating creativity.
While students will construct their own animating questions, some possible examples include:
- What is creativity and where does it come from?
- Can one become more creative by changing mindset or finding a passion, or is creativity something you either have or do not have?
- Are creativity and innovation interconnected? If so how?
- What role does creativity play in science?
- What pros and cons are there to creativity?
- What are the greater implications to creativity?
- Do other animals have creativity and how do they express it?
The Thematic Inquiry course will expose students to different applications of creativity in a broad range of disciplines, and teach them to recognize and understand the manifestation of creativity in the faculty, guests and their communities. Students will apply their creativity in the form of questions posed to their classmates, to visiting speakers, and, ultimately, to themselves.
Topics include modern vs. postmodern theory; creative thinking, problem solving and innovation; The Human Spark; the imagination; personal vision; skills and techniques for increasing creativity, benefits of personal creativity and negative effects of creativity. Students will be required to keep physical journals; create a website that has all of their questions, source information, and applied creative work; complete a final project; answer questions on readings that will lead to small and large group discussions and write papers on the course content applied to their processes.
As with the open and inclusive approach to the Curricular Itinerary, within the context of creativity, any/all study away programs could be relevant to the students in the Creativity Pathway. Ideally the opportunity would allow for exploration in an engaging way that allows students to design their coursework to meaningfully connect to their animating question.