Tepper: Creativity crucial for twenty-first-century careers.

By Emily Harrison Weir

What is the future of creative careers, and how can students prepare for them? 

Steven Tepper—a thought leader, writer, and speaker on creativity and cultural policy—will address these questions at Mount Holyoke College on October 2. His talk, titled “The Future of Work and Creative Careers: How to Help Students Expand their Occupational Imaginations,” will start at 1:30 pm in Pratt Hall’s Warbeke Room. It is open to all members of the MHC and Five College communities.

Tepper is dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. A sociologist by training, Tepper has written extensively on the role of the arts in society and in higher education. His work has fostered national discussions about cultural engagement, everyday creativity, and the transformative possibilities of fostering creativity on campuses.

The Mount Holyoke event is part of a broader visit to the Five Colleges. Tepper will give a public talk on how arts and design can transform universities and advance public life at 7:30 pm on October 2 at at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Fine Arts Center.

“Dr. Tepper is at the forefront of inspiring institutions to move forward into the twenty-first century and explore all the ways the arts can make a major difference in creating a successful future for our society,” said Jeff Cox, chairman of the music and dance department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

When Tepper visited Mount Holyoke in 2012, he described the importance of creativity for twenty-first-century careers.

“People are going to have six or seven or eight careers in their life,” he told the Daily Hampshire Gazette. “To navigate that kind of world you need to be resilient, you need to be creative, to be able to work with lots of people, to find resources and make [things] happen.”

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