Reinforcing and Developing a Culture of Creativity and Innovation at Miami

Creativity is often seen as an individual gift, but research shows that it can be cultivated in a wide range of activities, professions, personalities and disciplines. Creativity is characterized by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, to generate unexpected ideas, take purposeful risks, admit mistakes—and keep trying even when success seems unlikely. During the 2015-16 academic year, President David Hodge invites the entire Miami University community to explore the nature of creativity. What is creativity? How is it related to innovation? Where do creativity and innovation come from? How have these terms been defined and valued in human history? And how can we cultivate creativity in our own lives? Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the public will explore these questions through special events, innovative courses, and activities that demonstrate Miami’s commitment to creating and sustaining this visionary culture. Join us to celebrate and sustain Miami's reputation as a leading center of creativity and innovation.