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2023 Creativity Conference Speakers

Creativity Conference Curators

Mark Moffett

Mark W. Moffett

Mark Moffett, tropical explorer and biologist, is traveling with globe with the support of the John Templeton Foundation to investigate the life and death of societies across the animal world and in humans right up to the present day.

Melissa Wells

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.

2023 Creativity Conference Speakers

Frans de Waal

Frans de Waal, a primatologist who has received numerous honors for his studies of social intelligence and morality among primates, has written such influential books as Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves.

Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is a journalist, New York Times bestselling author, graphic novelist, and influential blogger who’s won the John W. Campbell and Locus awards for his science fiction and written books investigating conspiracies and monopolies.

David Edwards

Author of Creating Things That Matter, inventor extraordinaire David Edwards has created an inhalable anti-Covid spray, and works at the intersection of art, science, and commerce to create delicious foods with health and sustainability in mind.

Paul Miller

Paul D. Miller, also known as D.J. Spooky, is a multimedia artist, performer, and musician who has traveled around the world to create genre-blending work on global culture and the environment, currently as artist-in-residence at Yale.

Mark Mitton

Mark Mitton has made Will Smith appear in the middle of Times Square and taught sleight-of-hand to John Travolta and John Lithgow. Mark frequently partners with scientists to explore the magic and nature of human perception.

Amy Myers

Amy Myers creates extraordinary charcoal or pastel drawings, often at an immense scale and portraying designs of inordinate power, their complexity suggesting what an alien universe might look like in the dreams of a biologist or particle physicist.

Roger Myerson

Roger Myerson

Roger Myerson has contributed to both economics and political science, winning the Nobel Prize in Economics for his insights on how individuals can work together efficiently when they have different information and difficulty trusting each other.

Joyce Carol Oates

 Joyce Carol Oates, called “America’s preeminent fiction writer” by The New Yorker, is the National Book Award winning author of 58 novels such as them, Blonde, and, most recently, Breathe, as well as many plays, short stories, and nonfiction.

Chelsea Rathburn

The poet laureate of Georgia, Chelsea Rathburn’s recent book, Still Life with Mother and Knife, was a New York Times Noteworthy Book; her work has been described as “arresting” and “a gentle whirlwind” (NPR) and “just marvelous” (The New Yorker).

Douglas Smith

Douglas W. Smith, just-retired director of the Yellowstone Gray Wolf Restoration Project, is the lead author of Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone and editor of the seminal Yellowstone Wolves: Science and Discovery in the World’s First National Park.