-Janine Randerson (Auckland University of Technology, live from New Zealand) on "Weather as Medium"
-Jennie Lavine (Emory Univ) on "What is the endgame of the covid pandemic? Will covid become endemic?"
-Cindy Cohn (Executive Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation)
1. Janine Randerson is an Aotearoa New Zealand-based artist and writer on art, performance and technological mediation in ecological systems. Her moving image and digital artworks are exhibited in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Janine's recent book "Weather as Medium: Toward a Meteorological Art" (MIT Press, 2018) examines artworks that offer sensorial engagement with our future weathers, while creating openings for action in the present. She is an Associate Professor in Art and Design at AUT University.
2. Jennie Lavine (Emory Univ) received her PhD in biology from Penn State University with thesis advisor Ottar Bjornstad. Her research interests lie at the intersection of immunology, pathogen evolution, population dynamics and disease. Current work focuses on COVID-19, influenza and herpesviruses, with a keen interest toward how the robustness and complexity of the immune system shapes and constrains pathogen evolution.
3. Cindy Cohn is the Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. From 2000-2015 she served as EFF's Legal Director as well as its General Counsel. Among other honors, Ms. Cohn was named to TheNonProfitTimes 2020 Power & Influence TOP 50 list, and in 2018, Forbes included Ms. Cohn as one of America's Top 50 Women in Tech. In 2013, The National Law Journal named Ms. Cohn one of 100 most influential lawyers in America, noting: "If Big Brother is watching, he better look out for Cindy Cohn."
Detailed bios at: www.lasertalks.com
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. During the pandemic they are held on Zoom and renamed "The L.A.S.T. Dialogues" (where LAST stands for "Life Art Science Tech").