Ann Marie Fiore, Family and Consumer Sciences, (515) 294-9303
Mary Jo Glanville, Family and Consumer Sciences, (515) 294-8799
Kevin Brown, News Service, (515) 294-8986


AMES, Iowa – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Me-HI CHICK-Cent-me-hi), an internationally recognized expert on creativity and the 2000-2001 Dean Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair in Iowa State University’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences, will speak on "Creativity in Work and in Leisure" at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8, in the Great Hall, Memorial Union.

Csikszentmihalyi will discuss how business success depends on the ability of companies and employees to be flexible and to seek out novel solutions. He will also examine the relationship between leisure and creativity in the workplace.

Csikszentmihalyi, professor of psychology at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, California, has researched creativity and the traits of highly creative people for four decades. He will be on the Iowa State campus until Oct. 20.

Csikszentmihalyi also is director of the Quality of Life Research Center in Claremont, Calif., and professor emeritus of human development at the University of Chicago, where he chaired the department of psychology. He is also the author of "Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention" and "Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement With Everyday Life." Csikszentmihalyi’s visit is part of the "Strengthening families to become the best" Celebration.

Established in 1995, the Hilton Chair was endowed by a gift of more than $1.3 million from the estate of Helen LeBaron Hilton, who served as dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences from 1952 to 1975.


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