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HNRS-230: Creativity and Innovation

This course explores what stimulates creativity and innovation in each of us through team collaborations. It provides an overview of different theories and research, as well as case studies. For the majority of the semester, students participate in exploring their own creativity through individual and group projects. A series of exercises and techniques, as well as specific assignments, encourage students to take risks and expand their imaginations.

This course was taught in Spring 2016/2017/2018

Professor Maggie Stogner filming on top of a mountain

Professor Maggie Stogner
Film and Media Studies | SOC

Why I wanted to teach this class

Teaching an Honors course about creativity with two other talented, inspiring colleagues is a dream come true. What really separates us, the human species, from robots and AI but our creative potential? As a writer, photographer, and filmmaker, creativity is an integral part of who I am. It is a pleasure sharing the essence, techniques, process, and skills involved in pursuing a creative approach to life, work, discovery, and innovation.

Fun Fact

I am fascinated by the discoveries and accomplishments of ancient cultures and by the constant inspiration we find in nature. Did you know that hummingbirds can fly backwards? The a burr-covered dog inspired the invention of Velcro? That beetles in the Namibian desert survive by harvesting fog? Don't even get me started...

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Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-6pm and by appointment
McKinley 236

Professor Andrew Holtin sitting and drawing

Professor Andrew Holtin
Art Department | CAS

To Contact Professor Holtin


Office Hours: Mondays and Thursdays 9:30-11:00am
Katzen Arts Center 218

Professor Arthur Shapiro head shot

Professor Arthur Shapiro
Psychology Department | CAS

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Office Hours: Thursdays, 2:30-3:30pm and by appointment
Sports Center Annex- 164