Celebrating Dr. Torrance

Connecting with Creativity: The E. Paul Torrance Lecture and 100th-year Birthday Celebration

The Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development cordially invites you to attend the 2015 E. Paul Torrance Lecture, taking place this year in conjunction with Dr. Torrance’s 100th year birthday celebration. This annual event features two renowned researchers in the field of gifted and creative research: Felice Kaufmann and Barbara Kerr. Kaufmann, a research assistant professor at the New York University Child Study Center, will address what happened to young adults who were named Presidential Scholars in high school. Kerr is a distinguished professor of counseling psychology at the University of Kansas. She will speak about key research done on creative teenagers, drawing implications for education, guidance and their future as creative adults.

This free event is open to the public and will take place from 5:30-8 :30 p.m. in the Magnolia Ballroom at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center (Georgia Center), 1197 S. Lumpkin St., Athens. The event will begin at 5:30pm with a light reception, lecture at 6pm, birthday celebration and cake to follow.



Dr. Torrance 2000

Dr. Torrance with students from Flagler Palm Coast taken in 2000 at International Conference held at University of Georgia.


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