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Kathy Giuffre to Present at TEDxMileHigh

Associate Sociology Professor and 'Creative Maven' Giuffre to Discuss Women, Generosity, and Creativity

Kathy Giuffre to Present at TEDxMileHigh

Associate Sociology Professor Kathy Giuffre will be a presenter at TEDxMileHigh: Women | Values + Instincts on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Newman Center in Denver. The TEDxMileHigh event features some of Colorado’s most innovative, brilliant, and passionate women — women who are pushing the boundaries and making huge impacts in science, sociology, artistry, health, and education.

Giuffre, billed as a “creative maven” on the TEDxMileHigh website, will discuss “Generous Women: Creativity and Social Networks.” The presentation is based on her research on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific, where she spent a sabbatical year studying the artists. Giuffre also took a Colorado College sociology class to Rarotonga for two weeks in 2007 to study Polynesian culture. Her work in Polynesia led to the book “Collective Creativity: Art and Society in the South Pacific” (Ashgate 2009).

Giuffre’s research fits in with the conference theme, “Instincts and Values.” In her talk, Giuffre will focus on the role women play in fostering the arts, especially the ways in which they work to build social networks that support innovation.  “This is tied to traditional Polynesian values of generosity that the women I studied really espoused,” she says. Because her research looked specifically at the role that the value of generosity plays in supporting innovation, Giuffre’s work is a natural fit with this year’s program.

Giuffre says one of the most exciting aspects of giving the talk is that because of the time limit – 10 minutes – she needs really to think about the most important points to make. “That is a great prompt for thinking about what it is that I do, why I do it, and what I get out of it,” she says.

TEDxMileHigh: Women | Values + Instincts begins at 4 p.m. Click here for more information.