Textile artist Charlotte Hamlin will kick off Centre College’s new Creative Commons Series of lectures with a convocation on Thursday, Jan. 5.
Hamlin, who teaches in the textile design and fiber arts program at The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, will deliver an address entitled “Peaks and Troughs: Plotting a Course to Creativity.” The convocation, at 7 p.m. in the Vahlkamp Theatre of the Grace Doherty Library, is free and open to the public.
Though she is now entrenched in an artistic career, Hamlin began her professional life in a completely different field. She earned a BA in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, a BSN in nursing at Columbia University and an MS in nursing at Boston University and worked in the health industry. But she later chose to go back to school, earning an MFA in fibers from The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where she now teaches.
In her convocation address, Hamlin will discuss her nonlinear career path, along with the ways she implements creativity in her classroom as well as in her life.
Hamlin’s visit to campus is sponsored by Stodghill Professor of Chemistry Jennifer Muzkya, the 2016-17 Creative Thinking Faculty Fellow. As part of this fellowship, Muzyka— currently teaching a first-year CentreTerm course called “Creativity: Weaving Patterns”—is learning about creativity from a variety of sources, including from experts such as Hamlin.
The Creative Commons Series is meant to expand the campus’ understanding of creativity and the role it plays in everyone’s lives.
by Elizabeth Trollinger
January 5, 2017