Renowned Harvard psychologist to visit BGSU

Psychologist and educator Dr. Howard Gardner, best known for his theory of multiple intelligences, will speak Sept. 9 at the fall convocation of the College of Musical Arts.

The Harvard University professor’s speech, beginning at 2:30 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center, is free and open to the public. It will conclude a three-day residency, part of the Dorothy and DuWayne Hansen Musical Artist Series, in which Gardner will interact with BGSU students and faculty as well as public school teachers and others.

Currently the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education in Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Gardner is widely recognized in educational circles for his theory that humans have eight relatively autonomous intelligences rather than just one that can be assessed by standard instruments.

He has written many books on developmental psychology, including the development of creativity in children and adults, and is also well regarded for his work with artistic development. He is a founding member and senior director of Harvard’s Project Zero, which is focused on systematic studies of artistic thought and creativity.

In recent years, Gardner has embarked on a study of “GoodWork”—work that is socially responsible as well as excellent in quality.

Sponsored by the colleges of Musical Arts and Education and Human Development, his visit is supported by Dorothy and DuWayne Hansen, alumni and friends of the College of Musical Arts and BGSU.

Dorothy Hansen is an alumna of the college, while DuWayne Hansen is a former chair of its Department of Music Education. The Dorothy E. and DuWayne Hansen Musical Arts Series Fund was established in 1996 to bring significant representatives of the musical and creative arts to BGSU and the Bowling Green community to share their talent and knowledge with undergraduate and graduate students in the college and with community residents.

Gardner’s residency is the third in the series. Bob McGrath of “Sesame Street” was the inaugural guest in September 2003, followed by Broadway star Craig Schulman last October.

August 29, 2005