The College of New Rochelle Presents First Annual Imagination, Inquiry, & Innovation Institute

The College of New Rochelle on Saturday, March 2, 2013, will hold a ground-breaking conference on Imagination, Inquiry, & Innovation. This interdisciplinary institute brings together for the first time imaginative thinkers and practitioners from a broad range of fields to question the status quo, move ideas and best practices forward, and share innovative perspectives during a day-long series of presentations and workshops.

Actress, academic, and MacArthur Awards winner Anna Deavere Smith will give the keynote address on “Inquiry, Innovation, & the Possibilities for Social Imagination.”

Anna Deavere Smith has appeared on Showtime’s hit series Nurse Jackie and on NBC’s The West Wing. A professor at New York University, Smith’s most recent work deals with the subject of health care. Her one-woman show Let Me Down Easy ran for six months at New York’s Second State Theater.

The conference will also include a special performance of “Sleeping Beauty” by David Gonzalez and Daniel Kelly.

David Gonzalez is a poet, musician, and storyteller who uses rhymed verse to tell the classic fairy tale that features live music of Bach played by the award-winning composer and pianist, Daniel Kelly.

The conference which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., will include sessions on:

  • Storytelling: Process to Practice – David Gonzalez
  • Critical Thinking on Fine Wax Wings – Amanda Nicole Gulla
  • Transforming Inspiration into Innovation – Patricia A. Chilsen & Rajeeyah Finnie
  • Service-Learning in Higher Education – Barbara Thomas, Jean F. Coppola, Colette Phipps and Janna C. Heyman
  • Art Making in a Hospice – Mary B. Safrai
  • The Spiral of Creative Collaboration – Marietta Saravia-Shore & Ralph William Boone
  • Aesthetic Education in the Cloud – Heidi Upton
  • Montage Ultra Releases Parasitoid Wasps – Elijah Talamas
  • Science & Art Intertwined, Imaging, & Imaging – Michael Cammer
  • Imagination, Inquiry, & Innovation: How do we get there? – John Toth
  • Choice Without Chaos – Anne Bedrick
  • Thinking Maps: Releasing the Imagination – Estee Lopez & Larry Alper
  • Networking 101– Jessica Meyer
  • Writing & Moving – Claire Porter
  • Get the VIBE! – Visually-Based Methods to Teach Research – Patricia St. John
  • The Future is Female – Cynthia Kraman
  • Art Therapy’s Role in Restoring Neurological Functions – Patricia Quinn
  • French Literature: A Multi-Media Approach – Andre Beauzethier
  • Exploring Elementary Students’ Self-Generated Questions – Jean Marie Humphries
  • Aesthetic Education – Holly Fairbank, Maxine Greene, Ruth Zealand, Jon Drescher, Alison Lehner-Quam, & Jean Taylor
  • Organic Story-Telling – Gail Herman
  • Creative Problem Solving – Robert Wolf

To register for the conference The registration due date is February 18, 2013.

General Fee is $25, which includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch, & Refreshments; Ask about groups of 4 or more; alumnae/i of CNR $20; walk-ins $35. The Program runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a Reception from 5-6 p.m. Checks should be mailed to The College of New Rochelle, Attn: Vera Mezzaucella, School of Arts & Sciences, 29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805.

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