Two thoughts from our Creativity Conference.
One: U.S. academics are shaken by the current political situation. They are looking to their research for solace, hope, and/or solutions. Creativity as it relates to wisdom and ethics is now a hot topic. The social-cultural aspects of creativity are being described.
Two: I found many presentations tinged with bravery and sadness. Bravery because many of the presenters were at the beginning of their professional life and putting a significant part of their work out there for critical questioning (Though most people were nice.). And sad because this consuming work was dismissed with a desultory question or two and a polite clapping. Many times I wanted to engage them, as the interesting people they are, in a detailed conversation, really out of curiosity, but I was off to the next section. And anyway, attention from me would not have enhanced their career or research.