Yale to co-host conference in Spain about creativity, emotion, and the arts

Jessica Hoffman, Pericles Lewis, and Zorana Ivcevic Pringle
Left to right: Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (YCEI) research scientist Jessica Hoffman, Yale Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Strategy Pericles Lewis, and director of the YCEI creativity and emotions lab Zorana Ivcevic Pringle are among the presenters at the inaugural International Conference on Creativity, Emotions, and the Arts in Santander, Spain. Not pictured is YCEI research associate Maria Eugenia Panero.

Yale University and the Botín Foundation will co-host the inaugural International Conference on Creativity, Emotions, and the Arts from Oct. 9 to 11 at the Botín Centre in Santander, Spain.

Forty-two experts from 11 countries will share the latest research on the development of creativity and emotional intelligence through the arts — exploring new ways of developing creativity in business, politics, education, health, and philanthropy, among other fields. In addition to learning about groundbreaking research, attendees will also participate in experiential artistic events aimed at generating an appreciation for the arts, the emotions they generate, and how this can serve as a foundation to enhance creativity.

Pericles Lewis, vice president and vice provost for global strategy at Yale University, will deliver the conference’s opening remarks. He has noted that “by nurturing creativity and seeking answers to timeless questions, we deepen understanding and illuminate the world and our place in it.” Lewis will be joined by several Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence participants including conference co-organizer and presenter Zorana Ivcevic Pringle, speaker Jessica Hoffmann, and poster presenter Maria Panero.

The conference is the culmination of a six-year partnership between the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the Botín Foundation. This collaboration has led to the development of a theoretical model to describe the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in creativity, as well as the development of an educational program for the Botín Centre in which the arts are used as a vehicle to teach creativity and emotion skills.

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence conducts original research in collaboration with experts in a wide range of fields — including education, policy, and technology — to build effective approaches for supporting school communities in understanding the value of emotions, teaching the skills of emotional intelligence, and building and sustaining positive emotional climates in homes, schools, and workplaces. 

The Botín Foundation contributes to the overall development of society, detecting and supporting the creative talent within it and exploring new ways of generating cultural, social and economic wealth. The most important project of the foundation is the Botín Centre. The Botín Centre is global pioneer in the development of creativity and in making full use of the potential of the arts in the fostering of our emotional intelligence and the creative capacity.

For more information about the conference, email Zorana Ivcevic Pringle, research scientist and director of the Creativity and Emotions Lab at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, at zorana.ivcevic@yale.edu.

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