March 18, 2019
November 14, 2018

This panel examined the complicated process of taking-form in artworks, structures, and organisms, alike.  

November 2, 2018

D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem's Fall 2018 course focused on Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower, provides an in-depth introduction to Butler’s work, mapping her immense legacy and influence through the contemporary areas of expertise of an interdisciplinary panel including Dr. Sami Schalk, A.

October 9, 2018

Dr. Anna Edlund traces the rich art and science of pollen over the past 350 years. 

September 25, 2018

Brandon Ballengée creates transdisciplinary artworks inspired from his ecological field and laboratory research.

September 19, 2018

Mathematician, pianist, and SAIC science faculty, Eugenia Cheng will introduced her newly released book, The Art of Logic. For thousands of years, mathematicians have used the timeless art of logic to see the world more clearly.

March 1, 2018

“Quantum unlearning” refers to the process of deep questioning that quantum physics demands from us: through physics we discover that the universe does not respect our intuitive notions about subjectivity, objectivity, knowability, categorization, and even existence itself.  In this symposium we ask whether these facts of matter matter, to individuals and communities seeking to address problems far beyond the physics lab.  Bringing scientists, scholars, and artists into conversation, we set the stage to productively dismantle, complicate, and overlap our preconceptions about what it means to know, relate, and act in the world.

October 20, 2017

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.

September 28, 2017September 29, 2017

New conceptions of vegetal life are emerging. Groundbreaking scientific research and new philosophical perspectives are raising botanical challenges to our anthropocentric cultural background assumptions.

April 10, 2017

Caroline Picard (MFA 2010) is an artist, writer, publisher, and curator who explores the figure in relation to systems of power through ongoing investigations of interspecies borders, how the human relates to its environment and what possibilities might emerge from upturning an a

March 1, 2017

This symposium will address recent discourses and practices that define our complex relationship with nature and culture in this political moment. The notions of fact and evidence have acquired an unprecedented level of fluidity - have we now entered the age of "post-truth politics"?

February 1, 2017

If we have entered a new geological epoch because humans have extensively impacted planet—the so-called Anthropocene—then cities have been one of its drivers and hallmarks. Nancy Klehm and Brian Holmes will discuss various ways that Chicago is both an engine and instance of the Anthropocene.