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"The Psychology of Creativity" with Katia Mitova

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The Psychology of Creativity

with Katia Mitova

Kibbitznest Liberal Arts Discussions are a collaboration with The University of Chicago Graham School to host presentations and discussions of original research.


When we say, “I’m not creative,” we usually mean, “I’m not an artist” or “I have not invented anything new.” Although honest and probably realistic, such statements may conceal an excuse: “I don’t really feel like venturing into the unknown.” Let us this time start with the opposite statement, “I am creative,” and try to get a glimpse into the psychology of the creative process. We will use two case studies – one from literature, the other from science – and will focus on some of the most elusive facets of creativity: uncertainty, betweenness, inspiration, and flow.

Sponsor: Kibbitznest Books, Brews & Blarney


KATIA MITOVA, who has been teaching in the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults since 1998, holds an MA and PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Her doctoral research focused on the psychology of literary creativity. In her native city, Sofia, Bulgaria, she worked as an assistant professor of Slavic literatures, literary critic, the Editor of the national quarterly magazine for literature and political philosophy, Panorama, and daily correspondent for Radio Free Europe. She has published two books of poetry and is currently completing her first novel. Katia has translated (into Bulgarian) and edited about a dozen books of fiction, poetry, and philosophy. She taught philosophy and literature in the College at the University of Chicago and is the 2008 recipient of the Graham School’s Excellence in Teaching Award for the Basic Program.

FREE & OPEN to the public

Registration is not necessary but appreciated
due to space limitations.

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