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Conference to showcase creative work produced at UNI

November 19, 2013

Gary Gute, associate professor, UNI School of Applied Human Sciences, 319-273-6449,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Community members will have the opportunity to see the creative academic work of University of Northern Iowa students and faculty at the inaugural Creative UNIversity Conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Maucker Union Ballrooms. The event is hosted by UNI's new Creative Life Research Center (CLRC).

"We want to showcase the tremendous volume and quality of creative work produced at UNI," said Gary Gute, director of the UNI Creative Life Research Center. "We want people to see that creativity is not just about the arts, or about being expressive or about thinking differently. Creativity is about developing and implementing novel, useful and appropriate solutions to problems in all the disciplines."

Steven J. Tepper, founder of the Creative Campus Initiative and associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, will deliver the keynote address "Building a Creative Campus: Can Creativity Transform Higher Education and Prepare Students for the 21st-Century Economy?" at 12:30 p.m.

The CLRC opened its doors at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year. The center aims to offer the UNI community a transformative learning experience reflected in the variety of performances, panels, exhibits, and demonstrations the conference will offer.

The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary beverages and snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Gute at 319-273-6449 or