An Interdisciplinary Tour of the Human Condition in Three Stages - Life

During three quarters of this academic year, we are hosting an evening program featuring some of the most exciting thinkers in the Bay Area, inviting them to talk together about one or another modest slice of the human experience. We started in the Fall with “Time,” we now continue with “Life,” and will wrap up with “Mind” in the Spring.

Each presenter will provide reading, viewing, or listening material that will be posted online before the event and that will constitute “homework” for the audience. A brief audio interview with each of the presenters will also be posted on the web as an introduction to the presenter.  Please visit http://www.scaruffi.com/stanford/tour2011.html.

PAUL RABINOW
Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley Paul Rabinow is the director of the Anthropology of the Contemporary Research Collaboratory (ARC), and former director of the Human Practices for the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC) at UC Berkeley. He is the author and editor of eighteen books, including most recently, The Accompaniment: Assembling the Contemporary, Marking Time: On the Anthropology of the Contemporary, and Anthropos Today: Reflections on Modern Equipment.

CHRISTINE PETERSON
Co-founder and President, The Foresight Institute Christine Peterson’s The Foresight Institute is a public interest group that educates the community and policymakers on forthcoming powerful technologies such as nanotechnology. Peterson serves on the Advisory Board of the International Council on Nanotechnology and the Editorial Advisory Board of NASA’s Nanotech Briefs. Her work is motivated by a desire to help Earth’s environment and traditional human communities benefit from advances in technology.

LYNN HERSHMAN LEESON
Chair, Film Department, San Francisco Art Institute Lynn Hershman Leeson is Professor Emeritus at UC Davis, and was A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell. She is a multimedia artist and filmmaker whose works include the first interactive laser artdisk (LORNA), three award-winning feature films (Strange Culture, Teknolust, and Conceiving Ada), and interactive installations that use the Internet and artificial intelligence software.

JEREMY BAILENSON
Associate Professor of Communication, Stanford
Jeremy Bailenson, the founder and director of Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL), is a cognitive psychologist who focuses on digital human representation, especially in the context of immersive virtual reality. He explores the manner in which people are able to represent themselves when the physical constraints of body are removed, and designs collaborative virtual reality systems that allow physically remote individuals to meet in virtual space.

PIERO SCARUFFI, Moderator
Author Piero Scaruffi’s education and professional life took him from theoretical physics to cognitive science and the Internet, while writing on music, cinema, and the arts as well as publishing his own poetry. He has published several books and articles, including The Nature of Consciousness; A History of Rock and Dance Music; Synthesis: Essays, Photographs, Poems; and A History of Silicon Valley.

When:
Thursday, January 19, 2012. 7:00 PM.
Approximate duration of 1.5 hour(s).
Where:
Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education (Map)
Audience:
General Public
Faculty/Staff
Students
Alumni/Friends
Members
Tags:
Arts
Lecture / Reading
Environment
Visual
Humanities
Film
Sponsor:
Continuing Studies
Contact:
725-2650
continuingstudies@stanford.edu
Admission:

Free, and open to public.

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