LEXINGTON, Ky.—A focus on civility—what it is and how we understand it—plays a leading role in Transylvania University’s Creative Intelligence Series 2018-2019, which includes a variety of speakers and performances. From a lecture by a world-renowned author to a Grammy-nominated oratorio to discussion with an award-winning podcaster, the community is invited to consider this year’s campus theme.
“The 2018-19 Creative Intelligence series features artists, scholars and media makers who crack open the concept of civility in dynamic and unexpected ways,” said Zoé Strecker, an art professor and director of Creative Intelligence and special academic programming. “My hope is that these guests will give us the tools and inspiration to expand our sense of civility and to put it into action. It is a tremendous privilege to share these constructive experiments with the community at large.”
All of Transylvania’s Creative Intelligence events are free, and the public is encouraged to attend. The series is part of Transyvania’s New Frontiers season, which asks us to go beyond the familiar with new ideas, art and music.
Highlights from the 2018-2019 Creative Intelligence series are:
- Dylan Marron, a popular podcaster who engages people who have been uncivil toward him, on Oct. 8
- The Smith Concert Series presentation “Considering Matthew Shepard,” a choral drama featuring the Grammy-winning Conspirare singers, on Oct. 9
- James Mustich, author of the upcoming “1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List,” on Oct. 18
- Susan Weinstein, who brings forward the largely unheard voices of young people making spoken word art, on Nov. 8
- Shaun Leonardo, whose art engages people in wordless public debate about complex topics like gun violence and racial bias, on Feb. 27
- The William R. Kenan Jr. Lecture by Sir Salman Rushdie, a powerful literary artist who has shown sweeping creative courage even against threats to his life, on March 27