Brain, Mind, and Artistic Imagination

Programs for Teachers
Chicago Teachers as Scholars
Thursday, October 16, 2008 to Friday, October 17, 2008

Artistic creativity in literature and visual art as it is understood by combining the perspectives of the humanities with those of the sciences will be explored in this seminar. We will consider, for example, ideas about how language originated in humankind, and how literary creativity may arise in individuals. We will also touch on some basic processes of vision and show how the operation of the brain can provide insight into the ways graphic art is created and also how it is appreciated. Science background is not required, but anyone interested in the emerging attempt to bridge the humanities and the sciences should join us.

Seminar led by Christopher Comer, University of Illinois at Chicago

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