Innovative Education Leader To Speak At UVU’s Presidential Lecture Series
November 19, 2012
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Cheryl Kamenski (801) 863-6351
Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, will speak on “Innovation and Creativity in Education” at Utah Valley University on Friday, Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. in the Ragan Theater of the Sorensen Student Center as part of the annual Presidential Lecture Series.
The Presidential Lecture Series, sponsored by the UVU Office of the President, enhances the academic exchange by bringing to campus the nation’s best scholars to speak to UVU students, faculty, staff and the public. This event is free and open to UVU students, faculty, staff and the general public.
“The Presidential Lecture Series connects our campus community to thoughtful and stimulating personalities who discuss issues of our day,” said Brian D. Birch, associate vice president for academic affairs – engaged learning. “We are excited to have Ken Robinson share his insight and innovative ideas with the UVU community.”
Robinson is one of the world’s leading speakers. An estimated 200 million people in more than 150 countries have seen videos of his 2006 and 2010 talks at the TED Conference, a non-profit that started in 1984 to bring together people from technology, entertainment and design. Since then, its scope has broadened to the spreading ideas from influential thinkers and doers.
Active in government, international agencies and cultural organizations, Robinson works to promote change to education, enterprise and culture by unlocking creativity. Born in Liverpool, Robinson started as a professor of education at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. His book, “The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything,” is a New York Times bestseller and was translated in 21 languages. Queen Elizabeth II knighted him in 2003 for his services to the arts.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah and is home to more than 30,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community school, state college and, finally a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.