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One Day University: Genius and Creativity / NYC

September 26, 2015 9:30 AM – 1:15 PM

Join One Day University as we present a morning of Genius and Creativity with 3 award-winning professors.

And don't worry, there are no tests, no grades and no homework. Just the pure joy of lifelong learning!


9:30 AM - 10:35 AM



10:50 AM - 11:55 AM
The Nature of Genius: The Life and Universe of Albert Einstein

Matthew Stanley / New York University

Einstein’s name is synonymous with genius. His wild-haired, thoughtful-eyed face has become an icon of modern science. His ideas changed the way we see the universe, the meaning of truth, and the very limits of human knowledge. This course will examine how Einstein’s youthful philosophical questioning led to a revolution in science. We will discuss his creation of special and general relativity, and particularly how these epochal theories emerged from his seemingly simple questions about how we experience the world. His preference for easily-visualizable thought experiments means we will be able to engage deeply with the science with very little mathematics. Einstein also pioneered quantum mechanics, only to reject its strange consequences and eventually devote his life to overturning it through a unified field theory.

Einstein’s elevation to worldwide fame was closely tied to political and social developments such as World War I, Zionism, and the rise of the Nazis. As he became an incarnation of genius, people sought out his views on everything from world peace to the nature of God – and his opinions often had surprising links to his scientific work. The picture of Einstein we end up with is a figure somehow both revolutionary and deeply traditional, emblematic of the modern age and also profoundly uncomfortable with it.

Matthew Stanley / New York University
Matthew Stanley teaches the history and philosophy of science at NYU. He holds degrees in astronomy, religion, physics, and the history of science and is interested in the connections between science and the wider culture. He is the author of "Practical Mystic: Religion, Science, and A. S. Eddington" which examines how scientists reconcile their religious beliefs and professional lives. He has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, the British Academy, and the Max Planck Institute. Professor Stanley was awarded a 2014-2015 Gallatin Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

12:10 PM - 1:15 PM
Your Creative Brain: How to Maximize Imagination, Creativity, and Innovation

Shelley Carson / Harvard University

This fascinating presentation reveals why creativity isn't something only scientists and artists enjoy; in fact, all of us use our creative brains every day at home, work and play. Each of us has the ability to increase our mental functioning and creativity by learning to move flexibly among several brain states. The trick is in understanding networks that connect our brain’s “hot spots” for creative thought, and then developing the ability to “turn on” these networks. Each of us is stronger in some areas than others – some are great at brainstorming but weak in follow-through. Others experience creative block because they’re too critical or inhibited. And some people squelch their imaginations when they’re feeling low, rather than recognize that there is creative potential in a negative mood.

Professor Carson will discuss the latest findings in neuroscience using brain imaging and neuropsychological testing. She'll lead the class through a variety of entertaining exercises, quizzes and problem sets designed to help us identify and temper our own most effective brainsets – and strengthen those that are lower-performing.

Shelley Carson / Harvard University
Shelley Carson is an associate of the psychology department and a lecturer at Harvard University. Her research on creativity has been featured on CNN, the Discovery Channel, the BBC, and NPR. She is author of the award-winning book "Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in your Life," and co-author of "Almost Depressed: Is Your (or Your Loved One's) Unhappiness a Problem?" Dr. Carson received the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award at Harvard.


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