Conversations on Art and Science Event Series

Under the leadership of former SAIC President and current Chancellor Walter Massey, the Conversations on Art and Science series launched in 2011 as a forum for exploring interdisciplinary and critical perspectives on art, science, design, and technology. Lectures and panel discussions bring noted artists, designers, and scholars to campus to discuss myriad perspectives on art, science, design, and technology and sustain the diverse conversations within the work of SAIC students and faculty.

All events are free, non-ticketed, and open to the public unless otherwise noted. 

Benedikt Rugar, 2012

Conversations on
Art and Science:
Strategies of Cultural Change in the Anthropocene

Friday, October 20, 4:15–7:00 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

Industrial culture is radically transforming our planet, from human-induced global warming and accelerating mass extinctions to the wholesale reshaping of the Earth’s surface. What are the patterns of collective behavior that have led to this sweeping process of biophysical change, which has come to be known as “the Anthropocene?” How can culture be changed in response? This event brings together people whose work in environmental advocacy and the arts puts deliberately transformative strategies into play. By discussing their specific strategies, we hope to contribute to larger experiments in remaking culture.

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Bernd M. Scherer, Director, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

Julia Adeney Thomas, Department of History, Notre Dame University
David Holmquist, Citizens Climate Lobby, Great Lakes Region

Co-sponsored with support from the Goethe-Institut Chicago, the School of Art & Art History at the University of Illinois Chicago, and Deep Time Chicago.

Past events