2019-20 Campus Theme

Resilience is the most persistent kind of strength because it is tied to creativity, responsiveness to context and humility. The word seems to float through our consciousness in these times of unprecedented changes in our climate and challenges to our core democratic ideals. We say that we need to become resilient to withstand difficult forces. More constructively, we can think of resilience as the essential quality needed to cooperate, to find communal balance among ourselves and within the vast and beautiful web of life.

Our Creative Intelligence Series guests include artists, scientists, policy makers, courageous truth seekers and storytellers. We invite the Transylvania community to make use of the conversations they will catalyze to consider the ways resilience can be cultivated in our learning, our teaching, our work as citizens. We especially invite intense debate about specific methods of fostering and supporting nimbleness, hardiness, flexibility, adaptability, responsiveness, humble comprehension of limits and inventiveness sparked by the desire to flourish.

Creative Intelligence Series 2019-20

Lyndsey Gilpin

Lecture: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m., Cowgill 102
Journalism at the intersection of ecology, justice and culture in the American South

Yale Younger Poets

Reading: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., Carrick Theater
Coast to Coast Centennial Readings: Maurice Manning, Transylvania professor of English and Writer in Residence, and Ansel Elkins, visiting Writer-in-Residence at the University of Kentucky

Veronica Golos

Reading and Lecture: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Carrick Theater
Award-winning poet, curator, teacher and author 

Paul Brown

Curator’s Talk and Panel Discussion: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m., Carrick Theater
Curator of “If I Could Turn Back Time” at Transylvania’s Morlan Gallery
Paul Brown ’13 is a writer and curator based in Lexington, Kentucky. 

POSTPONED UNTIL WINTER TERM: Madonna Thunder Hawk & Warrior Women

Screening and Virtual Conversation
View the documentary “Warrior Women: Mothers and daughters fighting for indigenous rights in the American Indian Movement” followed by a virtual conversation with Native American activist Madonna Thunder Hawk.

Anne Lewis

Screening and Conversation: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 4 p.m., Cowgill 102
View the documentaries “Evelyn Williams” and “On Our Own Land,” followed by a lecture and conversation with longtime Appalshop director Anne Lewis.

Eli Meiners

Curator’s Talk and Panel Discussion: Wednesday, Jan 22, 7 p.m., Carrick Theater
Curator of “Resilience 101” at Transylvania’s Morlan Gallery and museum manager for 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati.

Joy Harjo

CANCELLED – Will be rescheduled for the 2020-21 academic year
Kenan Lecture: Wednesday, Mar. 18, 7:30 p.m., Haggin Auditorium
U.S. poet laureate presents the annual Kenan Lecture, “On Resilience.”

Catherine Flowers

Lecture: Wednesday, April 8, 7 p.m., Carrick Theater
On “Wastewater Inequality.” Catherine Coleman Flowers is a senior fellow for environmental justice and civic engagement at the Center for Earth Ethics.