News Release: Arts and Humanities, Events

Oct. 27,  2009

'Creativity Conversation' with President Carter

Emory University's 2009-2010 Creativity Conversation series will feature former President and University Distinguished Professor Jimmy Carter on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Doors open at 2 p.m. for the free, public event. A quartet of students from the Emory Jazz Combos, under the direction of Gary Motley, will present a musical prelude at 2:10 p.m. with the Conversation beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Emory’s ongoing Creativity Conversation series highlights renowned creative and artistic minds such as scientist E.O. Wilson, writer Salman Rushdie, composer Philip Glass, violinist Joshua Bell, playwright Edward Albee and poets Seamus Heaney and Natasha Trethewey. The Conversation with Carter, one among many programmed for the 2009-2010 season, is initiated and hosted by writer and Emory Vice President and Secretary Rosemary Magee, who chairs Emory University Creativity: Art and Innovation.

Magee and Carter plan to discuss the former president’s creative interests prior to, during and since his time in the White House. Topics will include his writing, painting and woodworking; ways creativity and innovation influenced his personal and work life outside the realm of art; and how a passion for creative endeavor can remain vibrant for a lifetime.

Carter has written a novel (“The Hornet's Nest,” Simon & Schuster, 2003), and a book of poetry. His collection of 44 poems entitled “Always a Reckoning and Other Poems” (1995) touches on a range of subjects from family to campaigning, submarine life to peanuts.

President Carter and Emory

Carter, who came to Emory 27 years ago as University Distinguished Professor, often lectures in Emory classes and assemblies. In September, he conducted his annual town hall meeting for freshman students and other members of the Emory community. In October he taught a class in journalism. In December, he will be speaking to Chinese studies classes. The November Creativity Conversation with Carter is unusual in that it is open to the public.  

Series Schedule

Upcoming Creativity Conversations will feature host of public radio’s “From the Top” and pianist Christopher O’Riley (Nov. 3, 2009); author, Emory C.H Candler Professor of Psychology and primatologist from Yerkes National Primate Research Center Frans de Waal (Nov. 15, 2009); and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musical director and recently-named Emory Distinguished Artist in Residence Robert Spano (April 14, 2010). 

For an archive of recorded or transcribed programs from 2007 to the present or more information visit Emory Creativity & Arts and click on “Creativity Conversations” or call 404.727.5050.


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