SMMMASH: “Language” (Stanford Multidisciplinary Multimedia Meeting of Arts, Science, and Humanities)

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. We continue the series titled SMMMASH (the Stanford Multidisciplinary Multimedia Meeting of Arts, Science, and Humanities) that started in the Fall quarter with “Space” and in the Winter with “Body.” Now, we turn to “Language.” These programs feature some of the most exciting thinkers in the Bay Area.

To complement the panel, artists from several media genres will exhibit works that relate to “Language” in the lobby of the auditorium. 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. A brief audio interview with each of the presenters will also be posted online at

Panelists for the “Language” event include:

Lera Boroditsky
Psychologist; Assistant Professor of Psychology, Stanford
Lera Boroditsky was raised in the former Soviet Union. Her research on how languages and cultures shape human thinking has been widely featured in the media. She has received numerous awards and was named one of “25 visionaries changing the world” by Utne Reader in 2011.

Curtis Frank
Professor in Chemical Engineering, Stanford
Curtis Frank, the founding Director of the Center on Polymer Interfaces and
Macromolecular Assemblies from 1994 to 2010, teaches the seminar "Art,
Chemistry, and Madness" that analyzes the science of materials employed by
artists of different eras from the Paleolithic to the 20th century.

Jeanne Finley
Filmmaker and Video Artist
Jeanne Finley, a Professor of Media Studies at the California College of the
Arts, is a media artist who works in experimental and documentary forms
including film, video, photography and installation. Her work has been exhibited
in international institutions including the Guggenheim, NY MOMA, Whitney museums and the George Pompidou Center.

Amy X Neuburg
Amy X Neuburg’s career bridges the boundaries of classical, experimental, and popular music using electronics, poetic wordplay, and the many colors of her four-octave vocal range. She has performed at avant garde festivals worldwide, and she has composed extensively for theater and visual media, as well as sung in numerous operas.

Piero Scaruffi, Moderator
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. His books include The Nature of Consciousness; A History of Rock and Dance Music; Synthesis: Essays, Photographs, Poems; and A History of Silicon Valley.

Thursday, April 18
Art exhibit in the lobby: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Panel: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education

Thursday, April 18, 2013. 7:00 PM.
Approximate duration of 2.0 hour(s).
Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education (Map)
Continuing Studies

Free and open to public

General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends, Members
lecture, arts, music, dance, visual-arts, literary, environment, humanities

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