Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of March 2022

Online Edition: the L.A.S.T. Dialogues

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking
Hosted from Stanford during March 2022
by Piero Scaruffi

During the covid pandemic, this online program replaces both the 12 physical L.A.S.E.R.s that were planned at Stanford University and University of San Francisco for 2020 and the L.A.S.T. Festival that was planned for Spring 2020. Since some of them are simply "fireside chats", we tentatively called them the The Life Art Science Tech (L.A.S.T.) dialogues. See previous and future speakers and their videos.
(Note: All times are California time)

  • March 9 @ 6pm
    Summer Praetorius (USGS Geologist) on "The Heliocene"
    Ewa Domanska (Stanford Univ & Adam Mickiewicz Univ) on "Prefigurative Art and Micro-Utopias"
    Lily Xiying Yang (Virtual Reality Artist) on "Land of Illusions - Creativity and Activism in Extended Reality"
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    Summer Praetorius (USGS Geologist) on "The Heliocene"

    Summer Praetorius is a Research Geologist in the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center of USGS. She received a PhD in Oceanography from Oregon State University in 2014. Since joining the USGS in 2016, she has been developing high-resolution paleoceanographic records from the North Pacific to better understand past climate dynamics in this region and interactions with the global climate system. She uses foraminiferal micropaleontology and other geochemical proxies to reconstruct changes in ocean properties in the past (circulation, temperature, and salinity). Her recent work has focused largely on oceanographic changes in the North Pacific from the last Ice Age through the Holocene period. Her research interests include the dynamics of abrupt climate change, the history and climate impacts of the Missoula Floods, interactions between volcanism and climate in the past, ocean hypoxia, and coastal archaeological shell middens as paleoceanographic archives. She recently published this article on the Heliocene.

    Ewa Domanska (Stanford Univ & Adam Mickiewicz Univ) on "Prefigurative Art and Micro-Utopias"
    If you missed this dialogue, you can view it by clicking on the image:

    . Ewa Domanska is Professor of Human Sciences at the Faculty of History, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland. She is a corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Since 2002, she has been affiliated with the Anthropology Department, the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL) and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) at Stanford. Her teaching and research interests include history and the theory of historiography, comparative theory of the humanities and social sciences as well as the environmental humanities, ecocide and genocide studies. After her doctoral studies at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, she was a Fulbright fellow at UC Berkeley (1995-96), a fellow of the Center of Cultural Studies of UC Santa Cruz (1996), a fellow of The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University (1998), and a fellow at Stanford University (2000-2001). Domanska is President of the "International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography" and member of the editorial boards of several scholarly publications in Europe, China and India. Her recent publications include: "Unbinding from Humanity: Nandipha Mntambo's Europa and the Limits of History and Identity" (Journal of the Philosophy of History), "The Environmental History of Mass Graves" (Journal of Genocide Research) and "Prefigurative Humanities" (History and Theory). She envisions prefigurative art as art that pre-shapes the impending future while, at the same time, participating in building various scenarios of the future (realistic utopias).

    Lily Xiying Yang (Virtual Reality Artist) on "Creativity and Activism in Extended Reality"
    If you missed this dialogue, you can view it by clicking on the image:

    . Lily Xiying Yang is a member of an Asian American artist collective Lily Honglei, whose practice interweaves East Asian cultural heritages with new imaging technologies including animation, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Yang strives to make voices for underserved communities and marginal groups in societies through artistic creativity and innovations. Lily Xiying Yang's art projects have been exhibited at numerous contemporary art and new media art venues including Museum of Art and Design in New York, Queens Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, The Painting Center of New York, Eyebeam Art Technology Center New York, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning in New York, Asian American Art Alliance in New York, SIGGRAPH Art Gallery and SIGGRAPH Asia, to name a few. Her work has received recognitions from many leading art institutions such as Creative Capital Art Foundation, Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation of Arts Fellowship, New York State Council on the Arts, Museum of Art & Design New York, Queens Art Council, among others.
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The Stanford LASERs are sponsored by the Deans of: Engineering; Humanities & Sciences; and Medicine.