On April 28, 2018 Neil Asked, "What does participatory creativity look like in Atlanta and where can it be found?” 


​​Participatory Creativity: Introducing Access and Equity to the Creative Learning Experience
Edward P. Clapp, Principal Investigator, Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero 

Creative catalysts:  Jessica Booth is the Fine Arts Specialist for the Georgia Department of Education. Since 2015, Ms. Booth has overseen the disciplines of music, dance, theatre and visual arts and provided assistance for fine arts staff throughout Georgia’s school districts.

Ryan Gravel is best known for his master’s thesis and early work that launched the Atlanta Beltline. Gravel is an urban planner, designer, and author working on infrastructure, concept development, and policy as the founder of Sixpitch.

Fahamu Pecou is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose works combine observations on hip-hop, fine art and popular culture. Pecou’s paintings, performance art, and academic work addresses concerns around contemporary representations of Black masculinity and how these images impact both the reading and performance of Black masculinity.

Steven Satterfield is a James Beard award-winning chef and executive chef and co-owner of Miller Union, a celebrated, seasonally-driven restaurant located in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood. 

Virginia Shearer is the Eleanor McDonald Storza Director of Education at the High Museum of Art.  


This Neil Asks program is in partnership with Atlanta’s Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE).

On September 18, 2014, Neil Asked, “How does a strong and independent judiciary protect against threats to the rule of law?”
Featuring Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Daphne Barak-Erez, Wallace B. Jefferson, and David F. Levi.

On October 21, 2013, Neil Asked, “What is the role of live theatre in a democracy?”  Featuring Leah Ward Sears, Current Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP, Susan Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, Alliance Theatre, and Pearl Cleage, Mellon Playwright in Residence, Alliance Theatre.

​On September 26, 2017 Neil Asked, "Can Corporate Boards Successfully Navigate The Interests Of Shareholders, Stakeholders, And The Public At Large?"  

Moderator:

Ben Johnson, Chairman of Invesco’s Board, and retired Managing Partner with Alston & Bird.

Panelists:

John Brown was the CEO of Stryker Corp., the medical device and software company he led for 32 years before retiring as Chairman in 2009. He has served on numerous boards and divides his time between Atlanta and Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Kevin Carome is the General Counsel of Invesco Ltd. and also serves as Company Secretary.
Suzanne Christensen is Treasurer, Head of Investor Relations and Risk at Invesco Ltd.
Jack Hardin is one of the founding partners of the Atlanta law firm of Rogers & Hardin and an acknowledged national expert on corporate governance.
Special thanks to our sponsors Invesco Ltd. and CIBC Atlantic Trust.

On April 28, 2018 Neil Asked, "What does participatory creativity look like in Atlanta and where can it be found?” 


Participatory Creativity: Introducing Access and Equity to the Creative Learning Experience
Edward P. Clapp, Principal Investigator, Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero 

Throughout various formal and informal educational settings, there is a sustained interest in providing young people with access to creative learning experiences. Though good intentioned, many of these initiatives retain traditional, individual-based approaches to creativity that actually privilege the cognitive abilities and cultural perspectives of some students, while alienating others. During this lecture and panel discussion, Edward Clapp, Principal Investigator at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero, will present a counter-narrative to the traditional creativity in education story by introducing the concept of participatory creativity—a systems-based approach to supporting creativity in education that aims to make participating in invention and innovation accessible to all students. Following Clapp’s presentation, a panel of esteemed Atlanta-based creative catalysts will both draw connections to the concept of participatory creativity through their work—and challenge the theory in practice. The ultimate goal for this dialogue for between theory and practice is to better understand how we may design creative learning experiences that draw on the skills, experiences, and cultural perspectives of all students.


This Neil Asks program is in partnership with Atlanta’s Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE).

On September 28, 2016 Neil Asked, “What do history and poetry reveal about ourselves and our times?”  Featuring Speakers:

Natasha Trethewey, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing, 
Recent U. S. Poet Laureate
Joseph Crespino, Jimmy Carter Professor, American History

Kevin Young, Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing
Curator of Literary Collections, Rose Library

On March 1, 2015, Neil Asked, In what ways can music be a gateway to the holy and unite people in a shared vision?
Featuring Pam Driesell, Norman Mackenzie, and Dr. Jeremy Begbie

On November 2, 2015 Neil Asked, “How do organizations establish a culture where differences are valued and leveraged for meaningful impact?” Featuring Eugene Washington, LaTonya King and Chris William

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On May 17, 2013, Neil Asked, How do the arts and business intersect?
Featuring Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Chairman and CEO Philip I. Kent. Moderated by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Vice President for Artistic Planning Evans Mirageas.

On April 9, 2014, Neil Asked, “What is the role of lawyers, beyond service to their clients?” Featuring Judge Beverly B. Martin, Ben F. Johnson III, and Richard R. Hays.

On April 26, 2016 Neil Asked, "How to cultivate the gift of preparedness and the art of accepting aging with dignity?"  Featuring Speakers:
Lily Jung Henson, MD, MMM, FAAN, Piedmont Healthcare
Moira Keller, LCSW, Piedmont Healthcare
Paul Giliberto, CFP, SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.
Kathryn Lawler, MPP, Atlanta Regional Commission
Dan Munster, The Elder Law Practice of Daniel D. Munster

On April 12, 2017 Neil Asked, "How Is Effective As Well As Ethical Corporate Leadership Developed?”  

Featuring Speakers:

​Hala Moddelmog, President of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Larry Gellerstedt, CEO at Cousins

John Brock, CEO at Coca-Cola Enterprises 

​Steve Salbu, Professor of law and ethics and Chair of Cecil B. Day in Business Ethics at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business