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Creativity Conference Curators

Mark W. Moffett

Tropical explorer Mark Moffett is investigating the life and death of societies across species and in humans right up to the present day. Trained under the Harvard ecologist E.O. Wilson, he is most widely known for finding new species and behavior and recording them in the National Geographic magazine.

Melissa Wells

Melissa Wells is an expert at managing healthcare systems in the US and abroad. When on expeditions with fellow explorer Moffett, she also captures the work and inspiration of scientific researchers through photography and film.

2020 Creativity Conference Speakers

Deirdre Barrett

Psychologist Deirdre Barrett, the author of several highly-regarded books and a past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, teaches at the Harvard Medical School about dreams, imagery, creativity, and hypnosis.

Carter Burwell

Carter Burwell is the celebrated composer of the scores for such movies as Spike Jonze’s Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Where the Wild Things Are, Coen brother films Fargo, Big Lebowski and No Country for Old Men, and many others.

Alison Gopnik

Alison Gopnik, a psychologist studying human development and the philosophy of mind, writes a Wall Street Journal column, “Mind and Matter” and critically acclaimed books like The Philosophical Baby and The Gardener and the Carpenter.

Lauren Greenfield

Lauren Greenfield is the photographer of the exhibits and books Fast Forward, Girl Culture, THIN, and Generation Wealth, director of The Queen of Versail­les and The Kingmaker, and producer of the hashtag and commercial #likeagirl.

Robert Lang

Mathematician Robert Lang builds origami masterpieces that combine aspects of the Western school of mathematical origami design with an Eastern emphasis on line and form to yield work that is distinctive, elegant, and a challenge to fold.

Amory Lovins

Amory Lovins, a Time magazine Hero of the Planet with twelve honorary doctorates, is the author of more than thirty books and several hundred articles and advises governments around the world on matters of energy use and efficiency.

John Mather

NASA cosmologist John Mather earned his Nobel Prize in physics for research cementing the big bang theory of the origin of the universe. He is senior project scientist in building a telescope that will see farther into space than ever before.

Peter Kuper

Peter Kuper is most widely known for his Spy vs Spy cartoons for Mad magazine, but is renowned as well for his New Yorker cartoons and graphic novels, among them award-winning adaptations of Heart of Darkness and The Metamorphosis .

Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie Sinclair has numerous awards for humanitarian efforts and photogra­phy, including the Pulitzer Prize. She is the founder and executive director of Too Young to Wed, a nonprofit whose mission is to empower girls around the world.

Alvy Ray Smith

Alvy Ray Smith, computer graphics pioneer and the co-founder of Pixar, has received two Academy Awards for his technical innovations. He also creates works of art, among them one in the collection of Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Edie Widder

Edie Widder, MacArthur-awarded scientist on giant squid and authority on bioluminescence, is CEO and senior scientist at the Ocean Research and Conservation Association, a not-for-profit founded by her and focused on supporting marine life.

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