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Sea Island Creativity Conference

Creativity Conference

January 14-15, 2022

Feed your inspiration and ideas. Engage with extraordinary thinkers and innovators from the arts, sciences, and media during Sea Island’s very own creativity weekend. The two-day program includes talks, Q&A, and socializing with visionaries across many different fields.

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Past Conference Speakers: 2020201920182017 / 2016 / 2015 / 2014


Mark Moffett and Melissa Wells

As curators of the Creativity Conference, Mark W. Moffett and Melissa Wells bring some of the most inspiring visionaries from diverse backgrounds to the resort each year. Learn more about this husband and wife exploration duo, and why they’re just as fascinating as the experts they recruit.

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Open to Resort Guests and Sea Island Club members. Reservations are required, .

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Creativity Conference Day 1 Presentations

January 14, 2022 - 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Cloister Ballroom

9 a.m. – Ayanna Howard: Artificial intelligence researcher and innovator Ayanna Howard was involved in building the Mars rover while at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is currently constructing robots that, for example, assist children with learning disabilities.

10 a.m. – Carl Safina: Carl Safina is a MacArthur-winning conservationist and animal rights activist who explores human relationships to nature, most recently with the book Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace.

11 a.m. – Sam Zygmuntowicz: Preeminent American luthier Sam Zygmuntowicz, who’s crafted cellos and violins for Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern and many others, has become expert on the physics of music from teaming up with scientists to better understand stringed instruments.

12-2 p.m. – Break for lunch

2 p.m. – Scott McCloud: Scott McCloud is a graphic novelist and cartoonist with many Harvey and Eisner awards in this field who is best known for his insights about cartooning in books such as Reinventing Comics, leading to the moniker “the Aristotle of comics.”

3 p.m. – Barry Kerzin: Physician to the Dalai Lama, Buddhist monk Barry Kerzin arranges medical care for India’s poor, collaborates with scholars to study such topics as meditation, moral­ity and compassion, and founded the Altruism in Medicine Institute in the U.S.

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Dinner with Creativity Conference Speakers

January 14, 2022 - 7 p.m.

The Cloister Clubroom

Get to know the speakers personally during this three-course dinner, where the conversation and ideas multiply! $95/person, includes three courses. Cash bar. Tax and service charge additional.

Creativity Conference Day 2 Speaker Presentations

January 15, 2022 - 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Cloister Ballroom

9 a.m. – Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde: Award-winning neuroscientists Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik are foremost authorities on perception; they put together the “Optical Illusion of the Year” contest and have recently co-authored the book, Champions of Illusion.

10 a.m. – Kate Orff: The acclaimed landscape architect Kate Orff designs urban environments to better foster our social lives in the face of ongoing ecological change; she has taken the lead on projects that include rebuilding much of the New York City coastline.

11 a.m. – Randy Wells: Randall Wells directs the world’s longest-running study of a wild dolphin population with his fifty year investigation of the social behavior, ecology, health, and conservation of the bottlenose dolphin community that resides in Sarasota Bay.

12-2 p.m. – Break for lunch

2 p.m. – Stephon Alexander: Stephon Alexander is a cosmologist and sax virtuoso who bridges physics with music in his book, The Jazz of Physics; his investigations push Einstein’s theory to new extremes by connecting the smallest and largest entities in the universe.

3 p.m. – Helen Fisher: Leading American anthropologist Helen Fisher is an expert on falling in love, human sexuality, and gender; among her accomplishments, she was instrumental in working out the criteria by which match.com connects men and women.

4 p.m. – Baba Brinkman: Rap artist Baba Brinkman, born in a log cabin built by his parents, is known for science-themed albums, TED talks and off-Broadway productions that combine hip-hop music with performance art, literature, and cutting-edge research studies.

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