Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Movies, Madness and Creativity

The Creativity Collective presents


In the book, Creativity and Mental Illness (2014), the editor, James Kaufman, begins by asking: “Are creative people more likely to be mentally ill?” According to Kaufman: “This basic question has been debated for thousands of years” (p. 1). And yet, after all that time, there still appears to be no consensus, as the medical field continues to wrestle with the question. But maybe Hollywood has some of the answers. In this discussion, we will, then, go back to 1931, when the movie The Mad Genius was released, and enjoy a romp through the last 85 years of cinematic representations of creativity and mental illness. Who knows what we’ll find …

a special presentation by Andy Curtis

1:30–3:30 pm, March 30

THE STUDIO, B144, Duncan McArthur Hall

Andy Curtis received his M.A. in Applied Linguistics and his Ph.D. in International Education, both from the University of York in England. He worked in many universities, in many countries, for many years, before realizing that universities, though they talk a lot about Creativity, are in fact really not all that creative. So, for the last five years, he’s been working outside of the Academy, where he’s found that real creativity can flourish more freely. Find out more about Andy or  read his blog.