Dr. Lorraine L. Edwards wrapped up the ALS Student Symposium lectures on Thursday afternoon with her lecture on how creativity is defined in the realm of neurology. Over the years right brain vs. left brain dominance has been one of the leading theories on how the brain plays a part in creativity. Dr. Edwards explained how the left brain is said to deal more with work, logic, and math while the right brain handles intuition, facial recognition, and musical talents. [Read more...]
Story by Lauren Sawyer and Sam Hemberger
Whenever Cesar Kuriyama reached a point in life where he no longer felt creatively fulfilled, he switched gears.
In his ALS presentation titled “My Personal Creative Journey” at 7:30 p.m. in French Memorial Chapel on Thurs., Oct. 10, Kuriyama said that sometimes this meant pursuing a side project, and sometimes this meant changing careers altogether.
Kuriyama shared how his pursuit of creativity was often marked by setbacks, how he was able to overcome them, and he explained his project “One Second of Every Day.”
ALS speaker Michael Poll shared several inspiring stories with students about people who took control of their destiny, thereby achieving success. In Poll’s terms, these people are “destiny creators.” However, not everyone believes in their own abilities, allowing fear to overcome their destiny, Poll said. [Read more...]
On Wednesday night in the French Memorial Chapel, Frank Furedi of London introduced his ideas in a presentation titled “The Culture of Fear.” Throughout his presentation, Furedi talked about how the culture of fear has developed over time and what it is about the world that makes us fear. [Read more...]
When I was ten, my older sister described the book “The Hot Zone,” a non-fiction bio-thriller showing the graphic effect of the ebola virus, in great detail to me, making sure to graphically emphasize the diseased monkeys. As a result, I’ve been terrified of them ever since.
We all have goofy fears like these that give our friends reason to mock us mercilessly, but we also have more serious fears. This year, ALS addresses the fear of living your life. This may not be the first fear you think of when creating a list, but it’s terribly relevant. There have been many things in my life I’ve been afraid of pursuing, either because I was afraid of the outcome or because I was fearful of what others would think or say. [Read more...]
Tuesday marks the start of this year’s ALS Student Symposium. This year’s theme is fear. The ALS student committee’s goal is to get students thinking about how fear is present in society and ourselves through a variety of perspectives.
The committee reviewed the ideas, and then moved quickly through the parliamentary procedure of approving themes for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic years, said Lauren Hohbein, ALS student chair.
The themes selected were Creative Life and Food.
While specific angles for these themes haven’t been developed, the 2012-2013 theme Fear is well under way and will has undergone restructuring.
“We’re moving along really well,” Hohbein said.