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Stephen Asma - The Evolution of Imagination: Extraordinary Tour of the Human Creative Spirit

Program Date: January 30, 2019

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Professor of Philosophy and Distinguished Scholar at Columbia College Chicago, Stephen Asma is also a Senior Fellow of the Research Group in Mind, Science, and Culture.  Asma was a Fulbright Scholar in Beijing China in 2014. In 2009, Dr. Asma became a Fellow of the LAS Research Group in Mind, Science and Culture at Columbia College Chicago. He is currently researching the connections between affective neuroscience and philosophy of mind. 

Dr. Asma is, by his own admission, a regular Joe Six-pack. The Humanities, History and Social Sciences (HHSS) professor appreciates red meat, good whiskey and baseball. His office, however, tells a slightly different story. The calming sound of soft jazz regularly fills the room—a fine fit considering that, in the early ’90s, Asma was a professional musician in Chicago. Four brown bookcases offer selections of philosophy, Eastern religion and other texts, including his own published books like Toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha (HarperCollins), and On Monsters: an Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears (Oxford). 

The recipient of a Fulbright Award to teach in Beijing, China, in spring 2014, Asma discusses bringing out the philosophical side of his creative students.