Creativity Conversation Series at Emory named for Rosemary Magee

February 5, 2018

Emory College’s Center for Creativity & Arts (CCA) is proud to announce the creation of a new endowment to support and sustain the Creativity Conversation Series, in honor of the series founder, Rosemary Magee. Magee formerly served as the Vice President and Secretary of the University and is currently the Director of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. 

The newly named Rosemary Magee Creativity Conversation Series highlights creativity and imagination as essential to every discipline and enterprise. By putting distinguished visiting thinkers and creators in conversation with one another and members of the Emory community, Creativity Conversations give audiences access into the innovative minds and creative processes of leaders in a wide range of fields. 

“The Center for Creativity & Arts spearheaded this new endowment in Rosemary’s name in recognition of her 30 plus years of scholarly leadership, creativity, and artistic endeavors at Emory,” says Leslie Taylor, Executive Director of the CCA. 

“It seemed most fitting to us to name the ongoing Creativity Conversation Series in her honor. It has been over ten years since Rosemary conceived of and began hosting this series of innovative one-on-one public talks on the origins and nature of the creative process. I am truly grateful to all those who contributed to this endeavor in appreciation of a valued colleague, mentor and friend to many of us in the Emory community.”

This semester, the Rosemary Magee Creativity Conversation Series continues with three new installments. On Thursday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m., Creative Writing and English faculty member, Joseph Skibell, and Emory University Playwriting Fellow, Jiréh Breon Holder, interview each other about playwriting and their writing careers with moderator Lisa Paulsen, Director of the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory. This conversation is in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. 

Visual Artist and Schwartz Artist-in-Residence, Ross Rossin, joins Ambassador Andrew Young for a conversation on identity, the creative process, artistic meaning, and the beauty of diversity. Co-sponsored by the CCA and the Emory Center for Ethics, this event takes place Tuesday, Mar. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. 

Finally, Chicago-based composer, improviser, and electronic sound artist, Sam Pluta, takes part in a Creativity Conversation on Wednesday, Apr. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Studio. Following the conversation, Pluta, who is a Schwartz Artist-in-Residence, will perform a concert of live electronic music with trumpet player Peter Evans.

All Creativity Conversations are free and open to the public. For more information on these events and the Rosemary Magee Creativity Conversation Series, visit