Creativity and Stress

SUN, APR 22, 2012 (1:20:37)

In Terezin, the concentration camp in which Jewish artists, writers, and musicians were imprisoned, the opportunity to practice art’to draw, to write, to perform’provided a kind of spiritual or emotional sustenance for the prisoners.

This panel discussion examines the relationship between creativity and stress. How can human creativity survive and assert itself under inhuman conditions? What can modern neuroscience show us about the ways in which extreme stress stimulates or impedes creativity? What can we learn from the experience of the artists of the Holocaust about using the arts to assist victims of torture, rape, and other human rights abuses to cope and to heal? What can we learn about the role of creativity in our own lives?

Panelists include Debra Wise, Artistic Director of Underground Railway Theater; Dr. Michael Grodin, Professor of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at Boston University School of Public Health; and Guila Clara Kessous, Carr Center’s Initiative in Theater and Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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