Internationally known creativity researcher to deliver lecture

Internationally known creativity researcher to deliver UGA’s Torrance Lecture

Athens, Ga. – Arthur J. Cropley, an internationally known researcher and writer on creativity, will deliver the 2009 E. Paul Torrance Lecture at the University of Georgia. Open free to the public, the lecture will held March 16 at 5 p.m. in Masters Hall of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel.

Cropley, an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Hamburg in Germany, will discuss the evaluation of creative products and how little research has been done to recognize day-to-day creativity, such as everyday problem solving and the ability to adapt to change, since Torrance’s pioneering work more than 50 years ago.

Since his retirement from the University of Hamburg, Cropley has been an adjunct professor of engineering at the University of South Australia and a visiting professor of psychology at the University of Latvia. In 2008, he was made an Officer of the Order of the Three Stars by the president of Latvia for his services to higher education there.

In 1997, Cropley received the Creativity Award of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. He is the author of 24 books on creativity, lifelong learning, adaptation of migrants and research methodology, including Creativity in Education and Learning: A Guide for Teachers and Educators. He has published more than 160 papers and chapters. He served as editor of the European Journal for High Ability from 1989-1996.

A native Australian, Cropley graduated from the University of Adelaide (Australia) in Arts and Education and served four years in the Australian Army. He earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology in 1965 from the University of Alberta (Canada).

A reception to welcome Mark A. Runco, UGA’s new E. Paul Torrance Professor, will follow the lecture at 7 p.m.