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Why Man Creates

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Interactive media program that demonstrates in its form and content, the nature of the creative process and discusses the variety, richness, and importance of creative vision.
DVD
2005; 1968
Clemons (Stacks)
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BookDVD
2004
Ivy (By Request)
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Power of Words

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A panel of distinguished writers discuss the essential questions about the nature of the creative process and the life of the writer as well as other questions posed by high school students. They share the personal heartaches, disappointments, and losses that are part of the writer's material as well as the rewards of creative productivity and success. Their discussion reveals the importance of personal values and ideals for becoming a creative person and achieving in writing.
DVD
1999
Clemons (Stacks)
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Doesn't a Bird Fly by?: Credibility and Surprise in Writing and Art

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Lincoln Perry, M.F.A. (Distinguished Visiting Artist, University of Virginia) described aspects of his creative process which concentrates on viewing the gaps between life and art and how this has been realized in his bifurcated and multi-panneled paintings. As an artist Perry is less concerned with credibility as he is with providing a surprise or shock and presenting an emotional credibility. Ann Beattie, M.A. (Edgar Allen Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, Department of English, University of Virginia) shared her process of focusing on a subject for literary description, seeing objects in the periphery, and making the most ordinary into one of the most extraordinary. Perry showed selected images (his own and others) and Beattie read from her short fiction antholo [...]
DVDOnline
2007
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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Developing Students as Artists [electronic resource]

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Participants explore how arts teachers help students develop knowledge and fundamental skills while providing opportunities for creativity and independence. First, a dance teacher gives senior students leadership responsibilities and coaches them in their choreography projects. Then a theatre teacher mentors stagecraft students who are responsible for the technical aspects of a dance concert. In an intermediate visual art course, a teacher builds on students prior learning in a foundation course. Finally, a vocal music teacher works with two classes: students learning to read music and an advanced jazz ensemble.
Online
2005
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The Redemptive Imagination [electronic resource]

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Novelists Charles Johnson (Middle Passage), Arthur Golden (Memoirs of a Geisha) and Esmeralda Santiago (America's Dream), join Professor Miller in discussing the intersection of history and story. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. closes the series with a reflection on the power of the human imagination.
Online
2000
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Creativity and Play [electronic resource]

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Defines creativity, and shows how to encourage the development of creativity in children with directed activities and materials that encourage self-expression. Stresses the value of play and the relationship of creativity to self-worth and self-expression.
Online
1997
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How Creativity Is Being Strangled by the Law [electronic resource]

Harvard professor Larry Lessig has become a true hero to artists, authors, scientists, coders, and opiners everywhere as one of the founding authorities on copyright issues. As corporate interests have sought to rein in the forces of Napster and YouTube, Lessig has fought back, appearing recently before the U.S. Supreme Court to extend copyright protection from 50 to 70 years. The net's most celebrated lawyer, Lessig chairs Creative Commons, a nuanced, free licensing scheme for individual creators, and is also the founder of the Center for Internet and Society. "Lessig has built a reputation as the king of Internet law and as the most important next-wave thinker on intellectual property," says New York Magazine. In this TEDTalk, he cites John Philip Sousa, celestial copyrights, and t [...]
Online
2007
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Design Is in the Details [electronic resource]

As creative director at the influential design and innovation company Ideo, Paul Bennett manages to keep his eye on the little things that matter, though his clients are among the biggest in the world (Procter & Gamble and Pepsi, to name but two). "Small is the new big," Bennett says. His design approach reflects this philosophy by focusing on the little, the obvious, and the overlooked things in life. In this TEDTalk, this pragmatic design evangelist shows a series of inspiring, unusual, and playful products. Bennett explains that design doesn't have to be about grand gestures, but can solve small and universal problems.
Online
2007
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Yes, Design Can Make You Happy [electronic resource]

Renowned for album covers, posters, and his recent book of life lessons, designer Stefan Sagmeister invariably has a slightly different way of looking at things. He's created eye-catching graphics for clients including the Rolling Stones and Lou Reed who enjoy his timeless design work and painstaking attention to the smallest details. "Sagmeister's CD package designs are what poetry is to prose: distilled, intense, cunning, evocative and utterly complete. His intentions have set a new standard," says I.D. Magazine.
Online
2007
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Breaking the Wall of Collective Stupidity [electronic resource]: How Evolutionary Biology Explains Creativity

How many of our friends on Facebook or Twitter are actually posting their own texts and ideas rather than quoting someone else's? But more importantly, what if we stopped innovating in the real world, becoming more followers than leaders, copiers rather than innovators? Mark Pagel builds statistical models to examine the evolution of our "cultural DNA", an approach which might provide answers to this question. As he argues in his book "Wired for Culture: The Natural History of Human Cooperation", our culture has surpassed genes in determining who we are and how we live. Human language is the most evident testament to the uniqueness of our social learning capability among all the living species - it establishes long lasting patterns just like our genes. In the age of Internet and soci [...]
Online
2014; 2013
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Make Me Creative [electronic resource]

This program features a team of experts that coach host Todd Sampson to increase his creativity and overcome limiting mindsets. On his way to attempting a large-scale art-challenge, Todd learns to use divergent and lateral thinking and discovers the secret of what makes something innovative.
Online
2014; 2013
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Touched by Genius [electronic resource]: Neurological Look at Creativity

Nick van Bloss possesses astonishing musical talent. He is also afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome. As this program illustrates, the two are often linked, leading those born with the disorder to view it as both a curse and a gift. Nick's journey-taking him from the humiliating loss of his career as a concert pianist toward a more self-assured acceptance of his condition-is not only inspiring; it is also a highly informative look into the diagnosis, treatment, and day-to-day realities of Tourette's, Parkinson's, autism, schizophrenia, and other disorders. Among Nick's many notable interactions are those with autistic jazz composer Matt Savage and with neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, author of Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain and other books.
Online
2007
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Creative Thinking Skills [electronic resource]

Creativity can be the difference between success and failure. When you are not using your creative thinking skills to full advantage, you can miss opportunities and the success of your endeavors will suffer. When all solutions escape you, creative thinking can provide another perspective. In this program, learn how to become more creative and develop a questioning mindset- enhance your ability to generate, challenge, test and reinvent ideas. Critical thinking and creative thinking are different; knowing how best to utilize creative thinking skills can separate you from the rest.
Online
2015; 2010
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John Huston

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Host Bill Moyers interviews film director John Huston about his innovative career.
VHS
1989; 1982
Ivy (By Request)
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The World of Norman Lear

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Bill Moyers interviews producer/writer Norman Lear. Provides an in depth look into Norman Lear's ability to capture the potential from each member of the cast. Several of the actors who starred in his television sitcoms discuss the creative atmosphere he encouraged.
VHS
1989; 1982
Ivy (By Request)
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Young at Art: New York High School for the Performing Arts

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Looks at New York City's High School of Performing Arts, exploring the creativity of self-discovery that the students exhibit in the classroom during rehearsals and in performance. Also examines the difficulties the students and teachers face as a result of being in this special environment.
VHS
1989; 1982
Ivy (By Request)
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Women and Creativity

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Host Bill Moyers examines how creative, artistic women handle their lives. Interviews Judy Chicago, Benjie Lasso, and Mary Gordon.
VHS
1993; 1982
Ivy (By Request)
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The Photographer's Eye

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Host Bill Moyers interviews two photographers about the creative processes involved in photography.
VHS
1993; 1982
Ivy (By Request)
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Why Man Creates

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This production examines why, in all ages of history and prehistory, man has felt the need to be creative and imaginative in solving problems and expressing himself.
VHS
1993; 1969
Ivy (By Request)