Screening: Brian Cox + Alison Gopnik
“Nothing will come of nothing” – William Shakespeare, King Lear
Can we understand King Lear better through the mind of a child? Child psychologist Alison Gopnik argues that children’s minds could help us understand deep philosophical questions. Now a father of a new family of two, acclaimed British Shakespearean Brian Cox is asked to revisit Lear’s existentialist questions.
This is a screening of a filmed conversation.
Post-screening discussion with psychologist Michael Hanchett Hanson.
About the Speaker
Dr. Michael Hanchett Hanson has taught graduate level courses on theories of creativity for 11 years. He founded the Masters Concentration in Creativity and Cognition in the Department of Human Development at Teachers College, Columbia University 9 years ago and is currently director of that program. Michael has a BA from Yale University in architecture and his PhD in developmental psychology from Columbia University. He has studied and written about practical guidelines for creativity in education; creativity as an emerging social construction; use of ironic thinking in creative work, and existential implications of systems theories. He also speaks regularly about the concept of creativity, its potential and dangers.
Michael sees creativity as one of the defining ideas of our times, a relatively new, and still emerging, concept about the value and processes of change. He encourages his students to participate in the ongoing construction of this idea by studying, evaluating and applying a variety of theories and practices. His pragmatic approach is informed by his research, as well as decades of first-hand experience, working in curriculum development and program evaluation for educational institutions, youth development programs and museums.
Dr. Hanchett Hanson is also president of Contexts R+D, Inc. an educational consulting firm.