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An Interdisciplinary Celebration of Kafka on the 100th anniversary of his death

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Description: Kafka died 100 years ago, in 1924. This special L.A.S.E.R. will pay an interdisciplinary tribute to Kafka with talks from three eminent scholars.

- Stanley Corngold (Professor Emeritus at Princeton University) is one of the world’s experts on Kafka, having published extensively on his work, including several translations, most recently “Expeditions to Kafka”. In 2009 Corngold co-founded and directed the Princeton Kafka Network with Oxford and Humboldt Universities.

- Ken Krimstein writes and draws cartoons for The New Yorker Magazine as well as gag cartoons for Harvard Business Review and many other publications. He recently embarked on a graphic narrative aboutthe pivotal year in Prague when Einstein became “Einstein,” Kafka became “Kafka,” and everything changed forever, which resulted in the book “Einstein in Kafkaland - How Albert Fell Down the Rabbit Hole and Came Up with the Universe”.

- Media artist Claire Pentecost, Professor Emeritus at the Art Institute of Chicago, has exhibited and lectured internationally. Her installations often address the blurred line between the natural and the artificial, focusing for many years on anthropogenic changes in the indivisible living entity that animates our planet.

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The LASERs (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous), chaired by cultural historian Piero Scaruffi, are an international program of evening gatherings that bring together artists, scientists, inventors and scholars in a variety of disciplines for informal presentations and conversation with an audience.

The Stanford LASERs are co-sponsored by the deans of Humanities and Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

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