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How social networks drive creativity: Katherine Giuffre at TEDxMileHigh

How do communities spark creativity?
Social network researcher Katherine Giuffre shares what she learned studying what was, at the time, arguably the most creative culture in the world – on an island in the South Pacific.

Peaks and Valleys: "Chicken, Biscuits, Wild Blue Sky" by Kathy Giuffre

“Here is a clip of me reading the first bit of the book I am working on. It is my second novel and is called (for the moment) “Chicken, Biscuits, Wild Blue Sky.” It is a retelling of the Robin Hood legends set in the time right after the 2008 mortgage/foreclosure crisis. It seemed to me to resonate with the world we are living in right now. But in my world, like in the Robin Hood legend, the little people triumph.” – Kathy Giuffre, Professor of Sociology and Author “Peaks and Valleys” captures the creative topography of our Colorado College community–the highs, the lows, and the space between.

A Drunken Spelunker’s Interview with Kathy Giuffre

Kathy Giuffre, Professor of Sociology at Colorado College, is the author of the newly published novel The Drunken Spelunker’s Guide to Plato, a coming of age love story that follows a tomboyish young woman named Josie on  philosophical romp through love and community in a bar called The Cave.

Dive Bars And Ancient Philosophy Collide In ‘The Drunken Spelunker’s Guide To Plato’

Sociologist Kathy Giuffrehas spent much of her career as an objective outsider who writes about cultures that are not her own. She studies artistic communities and creativity in the South Pacific, and eventually this work encouraged her to examine her own life and the spaces she grew up in. Her debut novel “The Drunken Spelunker’s Guide to Plato”(John F. Blair/2015) is based on her time in dive bars during graduate school at UNC-Chapel Hill. Giuffre tended bar at The Cave, a Chapel Hill dive bar. She believes dive bars are one of the few places where people who do not know each other end up in deep conversations, and it sometimes seems like time is suspended. Host Frank Stasio talks to Kathy Giuffre about her life and debut novel.