An Interdisciplinary Tour of the Human Condition in Three Stages: Time, Life, and Mind

Over the years, artists, scientists, engineers, and humanities scholars have explored the grand themes that define the human condition from radically different perspectives. Too infrequently, they are given the opportunity to listen to each other and engage in conversations that cross boundaries and mix up categories.

In the first two quarters of this academic year, we hosted evening programs featuring some of the most exciting thinkers in the Bay Area, inviting them to talk together about “Time” in the Fall and “Life” in the Winter. We now invite you to join us this Spring for our third and final conversation on “Mind.”

Each panelist will provide reading, viewing, or listening material that will be posted online before the event and that will constitute “homework” for the audience. Please visit http://www.scaruffi.com/stanford/tour2011.html

To complement the panel, artists from different media genres will exhibit works that relate to Mind in the lobby of the auditorium starting about half an hour before the panel.

Panelists for this event include:

DEBORAH ASCHHEIM
Visual / Multimedia Artist
Deborah Aschheim specializes in installations based on invisible networks of perception and thought.

CHRISTOPHER CHAFE
Duca Family Professor, Stanford; Director, Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
Chris Chafe is a composer, improviser, cellist, and installation artist working with both traditional instruments and computer-generated sound.

JAMES MCCLELLAND
Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences; Chair, Stanford Department of Psychology; Founding Director, Center for Mind, Brain and Computation
James McClelland’s research interests are in cognitive neuroscience issues in learning, memory, language, and cognitive development.

JARON LANIER
Computer Scientist; Composer; Visual Artist; Author
Jaron Lanier was a pioneer in virtual reality research in the early 1980s. In 2010 Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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, April 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
Engineering
Film
Health / Wellness
Music
Sponsor:
Continuing Studies
Contact:
725-2650
continuingstudies@stanford.edu
Admission:

Free and open to public.

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