Journalist Roland Martin to speak at Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration
Journalist Roland Martin will speak at the College of William and Mary as part of the university’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration.
Titled “Fulfilling the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” the conversation with Martin will be moderated by Bobak Kasari, assistant to the dean of students. In January, the Center for Student Diversity will solicit questions from the campus community to be asked at the free event.
Martin is the host and managing editor of the online show “#RolandMartinUnfiltered” and also is a senior analyst for the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” a role he has held since 2008.
The free event will take place from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Commonwealth Auditorium of the Sadler Center.
Professor interprets Shakespeare’s plays for a modern audience
Laurie Wolf, professor of theater at William and Mary, believes that William Shakespeare’s work is as relevant and discussable today as it was when he wrote it.
She is re-examining his plays for a new book, with the current working title “Shakespeare in Context,” to be published by Waveland Press in 2019. Wolf, who has taught and researched Shakespeare for years, is following up on her earlier paper “Shakespeare on Film: A Gen X and Millennials Guide.”
The book is intended to be a new and different take on the works, sparking individual thoughts and considerations.
“There are as many ways to access Shakespeare as there are people and people reading or viewing Shakespeare,” Wolf said. “There’s not one set way; there are many, many ways to access the texts. And these are some of the ways in. But what I want the text to do is to show some of the ways around just having a straightforward approach to the texts, that there are ways that you can look at it.”
Business School Partners with Breast Cancer Organization
In the William and Mary Field Consultancy Program, full-time MBA students are given the ability to work with real businesses and organizations, such as Here for the Girls, for several months that concludes with an in-depth report and final summary presentation.
During the project with Here for the Girls, the students were able to be hands-on and spent time working with the staff and volunteers of the organization to establish goals and provide intuitive suggestions for moving forward. Due to the close involvement the MBA team was able to have with the organization, the consultancy program provided real benefits for the students as well as for Here for the Girls.
The goal of the project was the expansion of Here for the Girls, specifically the in-person support element (Beyond Boobs!). The MBA students were able to work closely with the Williamsburg headquarters and also collaborated with the already established Florida and Texas branches to determine which expansion methods and procedures would produce the best outcome.
Here for the Girls has taken the recommendations to heart and is using the final report as a reference for daily operations.
“We knew before we even started this project that we were going to be all in,” said Chris Schwab, the managing director of Here for the Girls. “The work the students put in is not only appreciated, it is being executed.”
Creativity just takes practice, according to a college researcher
The science of creativity suggests everyone can be creative with the right attitude and practice, according to William and Mary professor KH Kim, author of “ The Creativity Challenge: How We Can Recapture American Innovation.”
According to Kim, there are a number of myths about creativity which need to be dismantled, including the ideas that some people are born creative while others are not, that people can only be creative if they also have a high IQ, that creativity is linked with mental illness, and that creative people innovate by themselves.
Her research into creativity and the innovators whose creativity has led to significant change or impact in the world debunks these myths. Instead, she has identified 27 attitudes in life that enhance creativity and which can be developed through practice.
“If you are good at something, you become an expert. If you then contribute something new and unique to your field, you are an innovator,” she said. “In order to be an innovator, you have to have creative thinking skills. Those skills come from the creative attitudes or habits.”
Kim explained that people are often creative in applying their expertise in their own lives, but what has interested her is how experts create an innovation that has broader reach. Kim herself recently received the 2018 E. Paul Torrance Award for Creativity from the National Association for Gifted Children, which she said had been her dream for more than 20 years.
Items from William and Mary news releases were used in this article.