Ideas for Creative Exploration Conversation Series

The Ideas for Creative Exploration Conversation Series is a podcast featuring interdisciplinary topics in in the arts and beyond. Subscribe to ICE Conversation Series or download audio below to listen.

Many people agree on the beneficial role of critical evaluation, but the methods vary widely across disciplines. Feedback focuses on the nature of peer review through interviews with professionals from a wide array of disciplines.

Episode 1: Feedback: Andrew Zawacki
Associate Professor and Director of the Creative Writing Program, Department of English
The University of Georgia
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Andrew Zawacki is the author of three poetry books – Petals of Zero Petals of One, Anabranch, and By Reason of Breakings – and of several chapbooks: Georgia, co-winner of the 1913 Prize; Glassscape; Lumieretheque; Arrow’s Shadow; Videotape; Roche Limit; Bartleby’s Waste-book; and Masquerade, which received the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, and elsewhere, including the anthologies Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, Walt Whitman Hom(m)age, 2005/1855, The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries, and Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present. Coeditor of Verse and of The Verse Book of Interviews, he has published criticism in the TLS, Boston Review, Talisman, How2, New German Critique, Australian Book Review, Religion and Literature, and other international journals.

Episode 2: Feedback: Richard Siegesmund
Associate Professor of Art Education, Lamar Dodd School of Art
The University of Georgia
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Richard Siegesmund’s research and teaching focuses on developing and assessing skills in qualitative reasoning, He further explores how these skills symbiotically relate to both linguistic and numeric thinking. Creating structured methods for exploring these issues through artistic practice has led to his interest in studio and social science arts-based inquiry. The historic exploration of these issues, which trace back to pre-Socratic philosophy, underlies his interest in aesthetic theory. Ultimately, all of these fields have profound implications for the daily practice of teaching and the opportunities to learn that we, as educators, provide children.

Episode 3: Feedback: Rebecca Gose
Associate Professor of Dance
The University of Georgia
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Rebecca Gose was a principal dancer with Garth Fagan Dance (1988-1993), touring extensively across the US and abroad to theatres, colleges and universities, as well as such venues as Jacob’s Pillow, The Joyce Theatre (NYC), National Black Dance Festival, Spoleto Festival (Italy), Internationales Tansfest (Cologne), Basel Tanz (Switzerland), & the Carlton Dance Festival (Brazil). Throughout her career, she has performed her own works and those of several internationally recognized modern dance choreographers such as Doug Varone, Moses Pendleton, Ruth St. Denis, Stephen Petronio, Bill Evans, David Parsons and Carlos Orta.

Episode 4: Feedback: Jean Martin-Williams
Meigs Professor of Music
The University of Georgia
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Before joining the University of Georgia faculty in 1990, Dr. Jean Martin-Williams was a full-time performer in New York City, performing in a variety of chamber and orchestral settings including the Metropolitan Opera, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and the New York Chamber Symphony. She now teaches horn, directs the UGA Horn Choir, coaches chamber music, and is a member of the Georgia Woodwind Quintet. She continues to be an active performer and is a member of the New York Pops Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, and the Zephyr Brass Trio.

Episode 5: Feedback: George Contini
Associate Professor of Theatre and Film Studies
The University of Georgia
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George Contini specializes in Characterization, Solo Performance, Acting on Camera, and Queer Theatre and Film. In addition to teaching, George maintains a career in theatre and film. He is the recipient of many university-wide awards recognizing his outstanding teaching and research, including the Richard Russell Award, Sandy Beaver Teaching Fellowship, M. G. Michael Award, Sandy Beaver Special Teaching Award, and grants from the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.

Episode 6: Feedback: Liz Lerman and John Borstel
Co-authors, Critical Response Process
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Liz Lerman is a visionary choreographer, performer, educator, and writer best known for organizing highly collaborative works that cut across traditional disciplines and communities. She has been the recipient of numerous honors, including a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship and a United States Artists Ford Fellowship. John Borstel is a visual artist, writer, arts administrator, and Senior Advisor for Dance Exchange, founded by Liz Lerman and regarded as one the most innovative and creatively expansive dance companies in the world. They are the authors of Critical Response Process, a widely-recognized book and method that nurtures the development of works-in-progress through a four-step, facilitated dialogue between artists, peers, and audiences.

Episode 7: ICE Conversation Series: Steven Tepper
Associate Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy
Vanderbilt University
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Steven Tepper is the Associate Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy and an Associate Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. At the Curb Center, Tepper works to develop national policy reports and to create research tools that examine and measure the effectiveness of support models for the arts. He is the author of Not Here, Not Now, Not That! Protest Over Art and Media in America. Tepper earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He received a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University, where he later served as Deputy Director of the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies.

Episode 8: Feedback: Coach Mark Richt
Head Football Coach
The University of Georgia
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Mark Richt is one of the most respected coaches in college football, known for his record of success and for his commitment to excellence on and off the playing field. He joined the University of Georgia as a head coach in 2000 after distinguishing himself as a member of the coaching staff at Florida State University. While at UGA, Coach Richt has led the Georgia Bulldogs to multiple division titles, championships, and bowl games. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including being named SEC Coach of the Year and a member of the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees.

Episode 9: Feedback: Kendall Buster
Professor of Sculpture and Extended Media
Virginia Commonwealth University
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Kendall Buster’s large-scale sculptural installations have been exhibited around the world, and she is a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in the Arts. She is also the co-author, along with Paula Crawford, of The Critique Handbook: A Sourcebook and Survival Guide, first published in 2007. Kendall Buster was the Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair for fall semester 2013 at the University Georgia.

Episode 10: Feedback: Keith Campbell
Professor of Psychology
The University of Georgia
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W. Keith Campbell is the author of more than 100 scientific articles. His books include The Handbook of Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Theoretical Approaches, Empirical Findings, and Treatments (with Josh Miller), The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (with Jean Twenge), and When You Love a Man Who Loves Himself: How to Deal with a One-way Relationship. His work on narcissism has appeared in USA Today, Time, and The New York Times. Dr. Campbell has also made numerous radio and television appearances, including the Today Show and NPR’s All Things Considered. Dr. Campbell holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, an MA from San Diego State University, and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His postdoctoral work was completed at Case Western Reserve University.

Episode 11: Feedback: Interdisciplinary Research Conference
Critical Evaluation Methods Across Disciplines Workshop
Graduate Student Association Interdisciplinary Research Conference
The University of Georgia
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Recording during the Graduate Student Association Interdisciplinary Research Conference, this podcast features a conversation with University of Georgia faculty members George Contini (Theatre and Film Studies), Rebecca Gose Enghauser (Dance), Mark Farmer (Cellular Biology), Nadia Kellam (Engineering), Mary Hallam Pearse (Art), Jean Martin-Williams (Music), and Andrew Zawacki (Creative Writing). Transcript includes an additional question and answer session with students.

Episode 12: Feedback: Pratt Cassity
Director, Center for Community Design & Preservation
The University of Georgia
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Pratt Cassity is director of The Center for Community Design and Preservation in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia. With an interest in global service-learning, he works extensively on public service programs in preservation and community planning in the United States, Eastern Europe, and West Africa. Cassity holds a B.S. in Horticulture from Mississippi State University, an M.S. in Public and Urban Affairs from Georgia State University, and a certificate in the Conservation of Traditional Structures from the Institute for Advanced Architectural Studies at York University in the United Kingdom.

Episode 13: Feedback: Mark Farmer
Professor, Cellular Biology
Chair of the Division of Biological Sciences
The University of Georgia
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Mark Farmer is Chair of the Division of Biological Sciences and the author of over 40 research publications that focus on the origin and evolution of microorganisms. He is a Past President of the International Society of Evolutionary Protistology. Dr. Farmer is a frequent contributor to the Athens Banner-Herald where he writes on topics of science and public policy and he is also a media consultant for the Georgia Citizens for Integrity in Science Education.

Episode 14: Feedback: Bruce Andrews
Multimedia artist
Professor of Political Science (retired)
Fordham University
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Bruce Andrews is a multimedia artist with a long career as a professor of political science at Fordham University and as a widely published avant-garde poet. He was the co-editor of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Magazine with Charles Bernstein from 1978 to 1981, and he has collaborated with choreographer Sally Silvers since the 1980s. Andrews has published dozens of poetry collections including I Don’t Have Any Paper So Shut Up (or, Social Romanticism) (1992) and Designated Heartbeat (2006), and several essay collections.

Episode 15: Arts + Community
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Audio highlights from a public conversation series on the theme of arts and community, edited from conversations that took place during fall 2020 and spring 2021 via remote video conferencing technology. We invited guests from a range of backgrounds to share their ideas about what artists and organizations should know about each other, and about how they can work together to support vibrant communities. This episode includes the voices of Stephanie Raines, Andrew Salinas, Montu Miller, Madeline Blankenship, Alden DiCamillo, Carmon Colangelo, and April Parker.


Producer: Mark Callahan

Production Assistants: Tifany Lee, Victoria Weaver, Mike Krzyzaniak, Kai Riedl, Hanna Lisa Stefansson, Taylor Hobson, Brandon Raab, Lisbeth Wells-Pratt, Fernando Deddos, K. Scott Eggert, Stewart Engart, Bryan Wysocki.

Music: The Noisettes thenoisettes.bandcamp.com

Episode 15 Sound Design: Bryan Wysocki bryanwysocki.com