Polymath Imagination Retreat

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

July 6-9, 2017

Participants

Stanley Fish

Stanley Fish

Professor of Law, English, Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Humanities, NYT Columnist, Award-winning author.

Harvey Friedman

Harvey Friedman

Professor of Mathematics and Philosophy, Inventor of “Reverse Mathematics”, Music Theorist, and Classical Pianist.

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Philosopher and Award-winning Novelist, Professor of English and Philosophy, Awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2015.

James Hovey

James Hovey

Vice Chairman of Eisenhower Fellowships, Former President of The Fox Companies, Trustee and/or Director of Multiple Non-Profit Companies.

Monica Lopez-Gonzalez

Monica Lopez-Gonzalez

Cognitive Scientist, Educator, Entrepreneur, Multidisciplinary Artist, Public Speaker, Science Communicator, Writer, and Co-Founder and Executive Scientific & Artistic Director of La Petite Noiseuse Productions.

Steve Weinstein

Steve Weinstein

Stock Options Trader, World Champion Bridge Player, and Poker Expert.

Robert Wright

Robert Wright

Evolutionary Psychologist and Award-Winning Novelist, Professor of Science and Religion.

Martin Seligman

Martin Seligman

Martin Seligman is the Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and Executive Director of the Imagination Institute. Commonly known as the founder of Positive Psychology, he is a leading authority in the fields of Positive Psychology, resilience, learned helplessness, depression, optimism, and pessimism. He is also a recognized authority on interventions that prevent depression, and build strengths and well-being. He has written more than 250 scholarly publications and 20 books. Dr. Seligman’s books have been translated into more than twenty languages and have been best sellers both in America and abroad. Among his better-known works are Flourish, Authentic Happiness, Learned Optimism, The Optimistic Child, Helplessness, and Abnormal Psychology. His book Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification, was co-authored with Christopher Peterson.

In 1998, Dr. Seligman was elected President of the American Psychological Association. His primary aim as APA President was to join practice and science together so both might flourish – a goal that has dominated his own life as a psychologist. Since 2000, his main mission has been the promotion of the field of Positive Psychology. Dr. Seligman is expanding Positive Psychology to education, health, and neuroscience, and has applied his research to groups like teachers and students, the U.S. Army, athletes, and every-day people. His goal is to make the world happier.

Dr. Seligman was born in Albany, NY and received his B.A. from Princeton University, Summa Cum Laude (Philosophy), 1964; Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (Psychology), 1967; Ph.D., Honoris causa, Uppsala University, Sweden, 1989; Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, Massachusetts College of Professional Psychology, 1997; Ph.D., Honoris Causa, Complutense University, Spain, 2003; and Ph.D., Honoris Causa, University of East London, 2006.

Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman is the Scientific Director of the Imagination Institute and a researcher and lecturer in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he investigates the measurement and development of intelligence, imagination, and creativity. Kaufman has authored/edited seven books, including Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (with Carolyn Gregoire), Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined , The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice , and The Philosophy o f Creativity (with Elliot Samuel Paul). Kaufman is also co – founder of The Creativity Post, host of The Psychology Podcast, and he writes the blog, Beautiful Minds, for Scientific American. Kaufman completed his doctorate in cognitive psychology from Yale University in 2009 and received his master’s degree in experimental psychology from Cambridge University in 2005, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar.

Marie Forgeard

Marie Forgeard

Marie Forgeard is a psychologist at McLean Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Her research focuses on understanding when and how creative thinking and behavior may enhance well – being. To that end, she has investigated the role of motivational styles, personality, psychological flexibilit y, and self – efficacy, among other constructs. Her past studies have examined this topic in a variety of samples, including professional/aspiring artists and scientists, individuals having experienced highly stressful life events, as well as individ uals suf fering from psychopathology. Dr. Forgeard was the 2013 recipient of the Frank X. Barron Award from Division 10 of the American Psychological Association (the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts). Her research has also been funded by grants from the John Templeton Foundation.

Elizabeth Hyde

Elizabeth Hyde

Elizabeth Hyde is the Research Coordinator for the Imagination Institute and a 2014 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Also referred to as the Institute’s “Chief Curiosity Rover,” Elizabeth loves learning about openness to experience and creativity through the lens of positive psychology.
Adam Kaplan

Adam Kaplan

Psychology Researcher, M.S. Candidate, World Champion Junior Bridge Player.