Stanford Multidisciplinary Multimedia Meeting of Arts, Science, and Humanities -- SMMMASH : “Space”

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Thursday, October 18, 2012
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education

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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. In the 2011–12 academic year, we began the series “An Interdisciplinary Tour of the Human Mind,” aimed at rectifying this situation. This year, we will continue the series under a new title: SMMMASH (the Stanford Multidisciplinary Multimedia Meeting of Arts, Science, and Humanities). These programs will feature some of the most exciting thinkers in the Bay Area.

To complement the panel, artists from different media genres will exhibit works that relate to “Space” in the lobby of the auditorium. Each panelist has provided reading material that is posted online at  as “homework” for the audience. A brief audio interview with each presenter is also posted at and so is the list of exhibiting artists and their artwork.

Panelists for the “Space” event include:

Chris McKay, Planetary Scientist
Chris McKay is with the Space Science Division of NASA Ames. His research focuses on the evolution of the solar system and the origin of life. He is actively involved in the planning for future Mars missions.

Anne Fougeron, Architect
Anne Fougeron’s projects have received forty-five design awards and have appeared in numerous national and international publications. Most recently, her architectural firm’s work has been featured in Fougeron Architecture: Opposition/Composition.

George Legrady, Professor of Interactive Media, UC Santa Barbara
George Legrady is an award-winning pioneer of interactive digital art. His installations have been featured in festivals around the world, from China to Europe, since the 1980s.

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.

Thursday, October 18
Art exhibit in the lobby: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Panel: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Cubberly Auditorium, School of Education
FREE; no registration is required

This series will continue with SMMMASH: “Body” in the Winter 2013 quarter and “Language” in Spring 2013.

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