Creative Matters Lecture Series

The Creative Matters lecture series seeks to demonstrate that creativity is not only at the core of all research and discovery, but also central to our human experience. The exciting lineup of invited speakers includes artists, thinkers, builders, and doers who challenge conventional thinking about creativity, science, and artistic expression, and borrow from a range of influences and disciplines in their work.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Nicole Hodges Persley

Nicole Hodges Persley, actor and director


Thursday, September 30, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
Virtual Event


“Limitless Fun: Cultivating World Changing Creativity”

This interactive talk will explore how acts of fun and play can be read as radical acts of empathy that can inspire communities of care in scholarly, artistic, and workplace environments.  Dr. Hodges Persley will discuss how we can cultivate fun and play as ciphers of creativity that help us improvise, refine, and perform strategies of resistance that protect limitless environments of fun.

This talk seeks to inspire us to use acts of fun and play as curated modes of being that help us think critically about how we can address structures of power and inequity as roadblocks to social change.

Nicole Hodges Persley is an Associate Professor of African American Theater and performance in the Department of American Studies and African and African American Studies at The University of Kansas. An artist-scholar, Hodges Persley creates intentional bridges between the entertainment industry and academia. She is the Artistic Director of the KC Melting Pot Theatre, the premier African American theater company in Kansas City.