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Creativity + Courage

Every year, a theme guides campus programming, thought, and conversation.

Inside, we take a look at moments of creativity and courage that have changed the world (or at least, the course of a day).

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In 2003, Laurel Kennedy, then dean of first-year students (and
today vice president for student development) came up with
an idea: As a way of uniting the new class, she asked incoming
students, as well as faculty and staff, to submit original creative
works—including sculpture, paintings, writing, and photography—
geared toward a common theme, “In Celebration of Rivers.”

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The response was overwhelming and set the stage for a Denison tradition. These days the annual campus theme, promoted by the Spectrum Series and directed by Marlaine Browning, guides programming, classroom discussions, service activities, and thought for the entire campus community.

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This year’s theme, Creativity & Courage, has spurred plenty of conversation, as the Denison community explores the ways in which these ideas influence art, food, literature, television, and activism.