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A Resurgence of Interest in Existential Intelligence: Why now?

by Howard Gardner Recently, I have noticed an interesting phenomenon: an uptick in the number of inquiries I receive about “existential intelligence” (which I’ve abbreviated as Ex I). I have become intrigued by the reason for this phenomenon and how to respond to it. Let me explain. A dozen years after I introduced the theory […]

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The Two Facets of Joel Kupperman (1936-2020)

by Howard Gardner We were having breakfast at the kitchen table and my wife Ellen said “This obituary in the New York Times will interest you.” Indeed, it did! Ellen had not heard of Joel Kupperman (age 83, died on April 8, 2020, in an assisted living facility in Brooklyn, probably of COVID19).  But I […]

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Intertwining “Multiple Intelligences” and “Good Work”

by Howard Gardner Close to forty years after I first began to write about the concept “Multiple Intelligences,” the topic still dominates my mailbox, with questions arising each day, often from scholars, researchers, or educators in remote corners of the world. And while nearly every question has been posed before, I try when possible to […]

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MI Theory’s Lasting Impact

2020 marks the centennial of the opening of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the school is celebrating by highlighting 100 stories about its impact over the past century. Howard Gardner recently spoke to HGSE’s Jill Anderson on the topic of multiple intelligences theory, its development, and its impact. Watch the video via YouTube […]

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Where is Talent?

Times Higher Education (THE) has published an article by Howard Gardner in which he discusses the nature of talent. Asking the question “Where is talent?”, Gardner talks about the way that talent might manifest in the brain, how individual talents relate to domains or professional areas such as the arts, and the importance of directing […]

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