Life: Imagined. Discovered. Created.
This Arts & Science-wide conversation will be held in person at Hemmerdinger Hall on May 13 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
All academic disciplines engage with the concept of life. For the spring Big Questions event, we invite scholarly and creative refractions on LIFE, framed in the words of the Arts & Science tagline. The invitation is as broad as the topic is vast, welcoming all the variegated shades of meaning to be found in the words imagined, discovered, and created.
From the lab to the cultural imagination, from the cosmos to consciousness, across the reach of time, what figurations of life are dominant? Emergent? Oppositional? What intellectual, creative, or scientific histories do these figurations belong to or depart from? How are the political, environmental and cultural elements of our own historical moment shaping speculative accounts of the forms, meanings, and futures of life? How are these accounts in turn transforming our various disciplines?
After an introduction and contextual framing of the questions above, we will launch into curated panels featuring video presentations submitted by individuals or groups of faculty exploring innovative research topics relevant to this conversation. After each panel is complete, we will open the floor for continued conversation and further reflection among guests. The hope is that this conversation will extend well beyond the event.