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This month’s theme of “minimal” will be discussed by Dr. Jeff Wilson.

Dr. Jeff Wilson aka ‘Professor Dumpster’ is Dean of the University College and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Huston-Tillotson University.

Dr. Wilson is also Executive Director of The Dumpster Project, a non-profit based in Austin, Texas that is transforming a trash dumpster into a home with a focus on K-12 STEM and sustainability education. As part of the educational mission of The Dumpster Project, Dr. Wilson plays a character named ‘Professor Dumpster’ who has been described as the love child of Bill Nye, Oscar the Grouch and Thoreau. In his spare time, Dr. Wilson enjoys traveling – he has lived, worked and ‘couch surfed’ through over 60 countries on six continents.

Dr. Wilson did his post-doctoral work at the Harvard School of Public Health and holds a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Canterbury.



Enter through the Chalmers Street Gate & turn left into the Agard-Lovinggood Administration Building. The lecture hall will be on your left.

Parking is available on Chalmers Street and in the Chalmers Street parking lot. Click here for a campus map.


This month’s theme of “freedom” will be explored by Katie Ford

A full-time journalist since 1993, Katie decided to leave the 9-to-5 grind in 2005 to establish her own editorial company, which provides publication management and writing and editing services to clients such as Dell, LiveSTRONG Foundation, The Washington Post and MIT’s Technology Review, among others. She also serves as the “adventure coordinator” for Design Build Adventure, a local design-build firm that offers metalworking camps. She also serves as the editorial director for Texas School Business, a monthly magazine about K-12 public education in Texas.

Since 2010, under the auspices of Truth Be Told, Katie has facilitated writing classes at a women’s prison, helping them to write the story of what led them to prison. The process is an opportunity for the women to find freedom from the past and unlock the potential for a better future. She sees this work as the most meaningful effort in her life.

When she’s not stringing words together for a buck or going to prison, she indulges in indie films, live music, reading, photography, dining out, gallery hopping, some serious strength training, West Texas road trips and her three-legged cattle dog, Martha Jean Ford.



This will be an outdoor event. May 30th will be the rain date, if necessary.


At CreativeMornings/Austin, Brent Dixon shares his work with children in creating workshops that expose them to all disciplines, allowing them to unabashedly explore science, technology, art, and other fields all together. He remembers an earlier time when there was no such thing as a creative, technology, scientific, or artistic person—just people—and they were free to play and explore anything they wished.

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Anyone who caught Duncan Fellows’ 8am set at our March CreativeMornings gathering knows why the Austin band is making a name for itself in a big way. The five members that comprise Duncan Fellows are all students at the University of Texas, where they met and began playing music together just over a year ago. It didn’t take the band long to develop an endearing indie folk sound, and they quickly released their first EP, Twelve Months Older, last September. The EP, featuring folk, indie rock, and melodic softly-layered songs, is definitely a promising glimpse from a band we fully expect to be a local music staple. Take, for instance, “Rich Man”— its swelling, folksy instrumentals provide the perfect backdrop to frontman Harman’s breathy vocals. 

Listen/purchase: Rich Man by Duncan Fellows

Check out the full release at Duncan Fellows’ Bandcamp page here or see them live at Stubb’s on May 7, where they’ll be playing with Penny & Sparrow. Rumor has it that the group’s cellist, Jacob McLendon, recently discovered a dust-covered trumpet in his closet and plans to incorporate it in future performances. We’re looking forward to seeing where they take their sound next.

One Year Later, We Still Stand as One:


As we arrive at the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, it gives us pause. Has it really been one year? How have things changed? What have we learned? Are we in a better place?

While the answers to these questions may not be clear, one thing is certain: the unity we felt with the city of Boston on April 15, 2013 is alive and well in 2014.

People have been purchasing BAUSTIN shirts throughout the year. They have been spotted all around the country. And we can now proudly say that we’ve raised OVER $20,000 for The One Fund!

To mark this anniversary, we are offering a limited edition BAUSTIN shirt. This shirt will only be available through the end of April and only online.

You can also show your support by updating your social media profiles with the anniversary BAUSTIN design. Download for Facebook & Twitter.

Our commitment remains to deliver all our proceeds to The One Fund. While shirt sales are all exclusively handled online, the effort is still a local one. If you ever have questions, please reach out.

Thank you for turning a small effort into a small movement.

April’s CreativeMornings/Austin is being hosted at The Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. 

Lovers I (Amanti)

This beautiful space is home to dozens of bronze and stone pieces given to the city of Austin by noted 20th century American sculptor Charles Umlauf.


The museum also hosts unique exhibitions and special programs. (They’ve generously invited any CreativeMornings attendees to stay after our talk to participate in their yoga class at 10 a.m. for a discounted $10 member price. Just bring your own mat.)

You can see why we choose this inspiring location for this month’s theme of “sex.” If you fall in love with The Umlauf as we have, become a member and follow @umlaufsculpture on Twitter.

Lovers V

This month’s theme of “Sex” will be explored by Suzy Spencer.

Suzy is a New York Times bestselling author of four true crime books, all of which have been featured in national media including Good Morning America, Dateline, ABC World News, and numerous shows on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.

But after nearly 10 years of writing about real life murder, Suzy desperately needed to laugh. For God knows why, she thought writing about real life sex would help her do that. So in December 2004, she began a journalistic investigation into Americans’ alternative sex practices. The result was her most emotionally challenging book yet – Secret Sex Lives: A Year on the Fringes of American Sexuality.

Secret Sex Lives, Suzy’s first memoir, was featured on Katie Couric’s talk show, Katie, on NPR’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane and The Faith Middleton Show, and in the pages of the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and Salon. It was named a Publishers Weekly fall 2012 pick in the memoir category, a Barnes & Noble editor’s recommendation, and a Creative Loafing, Tampa Bay, Top 10 Most Provocative Books of 2012.

Suzy has freelanced for ABC News, Salon, People, Los Angeles magazine, and the Texas Observer. She holds a Master of Professional Writing and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University.


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Join us at the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden on Friday, April 11, 8amClick here for more details at