LASER Lecture

Monday, November 04, 2013
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fromm Hall 115 - Berman Room
Event Type
Events and Lectures
Spector, Tami I

Leonardo Arts Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER)

The LASERs are a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. The mission of the LASERs is to provide the general public with a snapshot of the cultural environment of a region and to foster interdisciplinary networking.

Each evening, in a casual academic setting free of charge and open to the public, presents up to four artists, scientists, philosophers, historians, inventors and scholars who are working on paradigm shifts.

The Leonardo/International Society for Arts, Science and Technology ( in collaboration with the USF Dean's Office of Arts and Sciences invites you to an evening of talks on Monday, November 4th at USF from the Leonardo Art/Science community.

Where: USF Campus, Fromm Hall, Berman Room
When 7:00-9:00 pm
 What: Leonardo Arts Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER)
Chaired/Hosted by:  Tami I. Spector (USF Dept. of Chemistry) and Piero Scaruffi

·  7:00-7:25pm:
Laura Richard (UC Berkeley Art Historian) on "An interdisciplinary introduction to artist Maria Nordman" The history of science and technology can illuminate the meaning of Maria Nordman's masterwork Saddleback Mountain.

·  7:25-7:50pm:
Paul Skokowski (Stanford Philosopher) on "Are you a zombie?" It turns out you might be.

·  7:50-8:10pm : BREAK
Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are interested can seek you out during social time following the event.

·  8:10-8:35pm:
Tania Lombrozo (UC Berkeley Psychologist) on "What makes an explanation beautiful? And why does it matter?" Why are humans so motivated to explain?

·  8:35-9:00pm:
Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik (Visual Artist) on "The Edible Body: Food as Political Strategy in a Contemporary Art Practice"  Using food-based materials for art making as a strategy for political engagement.

For more details on the speakers see:

Sponsored by the USF Chemistry Department and the Arts and Sciences Dean's Office 

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