Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a researcher and author on creativity, renowned as the architect of the idea of “flow” in creative work, and recognized as one of the world’s leading researchers on positive psychology.

His son, Christopher, works at the intersection of new technologies, media, and the arts, lecturing and exhibiting world-wide. He currently directs the MIT Media Lab’s Computing Culture group, as well as the MIT Center for Future Civic Media.

A featured event of the “Play makes life worth living” theme semester collaboration with support from Arts Engine, University Musical Society (UMS), and the LSA Theme Semester.

This lecture took place on September 16, 2010 as part of the University of Michigan School of Art & Design's Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit:

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