UST to host 51st annual Creative Problem Solving Institute next month

UST to host 51st annual Creative Problem Solving Institute

The Creative Education Foundation will hold its 51st annual Creative Problem Solving Institute on the University of St. Thomas' St. Paul campus June 26-July 1. Preconference workshops will be held June 25.

This year's conference theme is "Creativity Matters: Where Passion Meets Need."

For more information and registration materials, visit the conference Web site or call 1 (800) 447-2774.

The conference has a number of St. Thomas connections. A St. Thomas alumnus, Steven Dahlberg '94, is general manager of the Hadley, Mass.-based Creative Education Foundation and program manager for this year's institute. Retired UST School of Education and College of Business faculty member Berenice Bleedorn heads a team to lead a weeklong immersion program, "Creative Education: Beacons and Searchlights for Integrating Creativity and Learning." UST Master of Business Communication program faculty Glenn Karwoski is managing public relations for the institute, and the School of Education is a nonprofit partner.

The institute features keynote speakers Richard Florida, economist and author of two books on the "creative class"; cultural anthropologist, author and educator Mary Catherine Bateson; Joe Dowling, artistic director of the Guthrie Theater; retired FBI agent Coleen Rowley, Time Magazine's 2002 Person of the Year; and others.

More than 100 sessions will offer attendees opportunities to explore how "applied imagination" leads to new perspectives, ideas and solutions. Special events include "speed painting" sessions, a CPSI Arts Night at the newly reopened Walker Art Center, and a concurrent program for children.

The Creative Education Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization of practitioners in the field of creativity theory and practice. The foundation also publishes the Journal of Creative Behavior.