An Interdisciplinary Tour of the Human Condition in Three Stages (Part 1: Time)

** PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE -- Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education**

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 each of the three quarters of this academic year, we will host 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 will start in the Fall with “Time,” go on to “Life” in the Winter, and wrap up with “Mind” in the Spring.

Each presenter has provided reading, viewing, and/or listening material at that 
constitutes “homework” for the audience. 

The program also includes a Time-related art exhibit in the lobby of the
building by distinguished Bay Area artists. Enjoy the show before and/or after
the panel.

Leonard Susskind
Felix Bloch Professor of Theoretical Physics, Stanford Leonard Susskind pioneered the idea that elementary particles might be represented by a relativistic string, the so-called “string theory.” His research interests have stretched from quantum field theory to quantum cosmology.

Gail Wight
Associate Professor of Art, Stanford

Gail Wight uses visual art
to explore topics in biology and the history of science and technology. Her work
 engages the cultural impact of scientific practice, and plays with our
constant  redefinition of self through our epistemologies. Recent projects have
explored deep time, and her works of art often involve other living organisms,
inviting  them to become co-authors in the finished work of art.

Pamela Z
Composer, Performer, and Media Artist

Pamela Z makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture-activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her recent multimedia work Baggage Allowance involves vocal performance with electronic processing, found text, recorded interviews, multi-channel sound, interactive video, and sculptural objects.

Jan English-Lueck
Professor of Anthropology, SJSU
Jan English-Lueck is an anthropologist at SJSU and a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Future. English-Lueck has written Chinese Intellectuals on the World Frontier and Cultures@SiliconValley and received the American Anthropological Association’s 2006 Diana Forsythe Prize. Her latest book, Being and Well-being: Health and the Working Bodies of Silicon Valley, was published in 2010.

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. He has published several books and articles including The Nature of Consciousness (2006), A History of Rock and Dance Music (2009), Synthesis: Essays, Photographs, Poems (2009) and A History of Silicon Valley (2011).

Thursday, October 20, 2011. 7:00 PM.
Approximate duration of 1.5 hour(s).
PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE: Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education (Map)
General Public
Lecture / Reading
Continuing Studies

FREE; no registration is required


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