Internationally acclaimed expert on creativity, innovation and human resources in education and business Sir Ken Robinson visits SMU on Tuesday, Nov. 19. He will speak on “All Our Futures: Learning to be Creative” as part of the 2013-14 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.
Robinson works with numerous governments, international agencies and various businesses to develop creative and economic strategies. He speaks to audiences on creative challenges facing business and education in global economies. In 1998 he led a national commission for the UK Government on creativity, education and the economy. He has also served as one of the four international advisors to the Singapore Government for its strategy to become the creative hub of South East Asia.
Robinson is a three-time speaker for the TED conference. His 2006 TED Talk, “How schools kill creativity,” was the most-watched TED Talk of all time as of 2013. The video, and that of his 2010 talk, “Bring on the learning revolution!,” have been viewed by around 200 million people in more than 150 countries. His April 2013 talk, titled “How to escape education’s death valley,” describes “three principles crucial for the human mind to flourish – and how current education culture works against them,” according to the TED website.
For 12 years Robinson was a professor of education at the University of Warwick, where he is now professor emeritus. He has received five honorary degrees and numerous awards for his work in arts, education and business. In 2003 he received knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. He is also the author of three books; his first, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times best seller. In 2005 he was named one of TIME/FORTUNE/CNN’s “Principal Voices.”
Robinson was born in Liverpool and studied at Bretton Hall College of Education, University of Leeds. He received a Ph.D. from the University of London. He is married to Marie-Therese Robinson and lives in Los Angeles; they have two children.
The evening lecture is sold out, but SMU students may attend for free with their University ID if seats become available; meet in the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. Sir Robinson will answer questions from University community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. The Forum is free, but seating is limited. SMU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend; RSVP online to ensure a place.