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What Does It Mean to Be Curious?

February 2017 note: We are currently planning curiosity conversations for Fall 2017. We do not have events scheduled for this spring, and are instead working to address the urgency of cultivating curiosity among individuals and groups of people. We are exploring partnerships with community organizations, and look forward to the programming that grows out of these mutually beneficial relationships. 

Join us for a series of 4 discussions about what it means to formulate questions, conduct research, build narratives, discover, and explore. We will examine the shared history of artists and scientists as they strive to change the way we see and understand the world. Through these discussions, we give shape to the forces that drive innovation, and develop a shared vocabulary for expressing the value of higher education. 

Information about Fall 2016 Events

Visit the Humanities Center's Curiosity Series Web page

Do Disciplines Engage Curiosity Differently?

Thursday, October 13, 7:30-9 p.m.

  • Michael Madison, Director, Innovation Practice Institute, School of Law
  • Jim Maher, Provost Emeritus and Physicist
  • Barbara McCloskey, Chair, History of Art and Architecture
  • Jason Rosenstock, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine


Can Curiosity Promote Healthy Living?

Thursday, December 1, 7:30-9 p.m.

  • Ketaki Desai, Executive Director, eCenter@LindenPointe
  • Willa Doswell, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
  • Linnea Glick, Assistant Director, PITT ARTS
  • Lynne Williams, Physician, Co-Founder, Jeremiah's Place

Information about the Fall 2015–Spring 2016 Series

What is curiosity and can it be learned?

November 18, 2015
  • Alison Langmead, History of Art and Architecture & School of Information Sciences
  • Aaron Henderson, Studio Arts
  • Edward Stricker, Neuroscientist & Dean of University Honors College
  • Paolo Palmieri, History and Philosophy of Science

Can sites cultivate curiosity?

December 10, 2015
  • Richard Pell, CMU/Center for PostNatural History
  • Kirk Savage, History of Art and Architecture
  • Steve Tonsor, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • Barbara Weissberger, Studio Arts

Can tools enable curiosity?

February 17, 2016
  • Nathan Clark, Computational and Systems Biology
  • Eric Moe, Department of Music
  • Jocelyn Monahan, School of Information Sciences
  • Jeff Suzik, Falk Laboratory School

What is curiosity in action?

April 6, 2016
  • Gretchen Bender, History of Art and Architecture
  • Carol Greco,  UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Delanie Jenkins, Studio Arts
  • Cori Richards-Zawacki, Department of Biological Sciences 


What does it mean to be curious?