Karen Lauritsen

Educator in San Luis Obispo, California

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I enjoy partnering with creative collaborators to make something new. 

Recently I shared a keynote at VALA2016 about how principles of improvisation can inform creative program development. I once gave a talk at TEDxUCLA about not knowing, and Library Journal named me a Mover and Shaker with the moniker Improviser in Chief. 

Programs and collaborative partnerships I've led have been featured on Boing Boing, Library as Incubator Project, NOVA Science Cafe and in the book, How to STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education in Libraries.

I have more than 15 years of experience in higher education, including at Stanford University, UCLA, and currently, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I have an MA in Education from UC Berkeley and a for fun degree in improvisation from the Conservatory Program at Second City. I love to improvise in my everyday life. I also love to write, garden and swim.