LASER TALKS STANFORD: EXPLORING THE FRONTIERS OF KNOWLEDGE AND IMAGINATION, FOSTERING INTERDISCIPLINARY NETWORKING
CHAIRED BY: Piero Scaruffi & Curtis Frank
When: 8th May 2023, 7pm PST, Find your timezone here
Where: Stanford University, LiKaShing building - Room LK101
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- Paige Emery is an artist exploring the ecological body and ritual interactions that weave worlds. Her work bridges poetics and praxis, mysticism and theory, healing rituals and critical ecology. This has taken shape recently through art installations for more-than-human divination systems at Biosphere 2, Arizona, and Mt. Wilson Observatory, Los Angeles, and performances with gardens as places of nonlinear time at ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin and Biennale Gherdëina, Italy. Paige has a dedicated practice with gardens and land stewardship and her writing on plants and ritual praxis has been published by Ignota Books, Are.na, and Daisyworld Magazine.
- Thomas O Haakenson is Associate Professor in the graduate Critical and Visual Studies Program, as well as in the undergraduate Critical Studies Program and the Visual Studies Program, at California College of the Arts. He is co-editor of the series German Visual Culture. He has been published widely, including in New German Critique, Cabinet, Rutgers Art Review, German Studies Review, and the anthologies Legacies of Modernism and Memorialization in Germany Since 1945. He has received awards and fellowships from the United States Fulbright Program, the Social Science Research Council, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, and the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, among others.
- Ravi Majeti is Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, and Director of the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He was an undergraduate at Harvard, earned his MD and PhD from UCSF, and trained in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Majeti completed his Hematology Fellowship at Stanford, and is a board-certified hematologist. While at Stanford, he completed post-doctoral training in the laboratory of Irving Weissman, where he investigated acute myeloid leukemia (AML) stem cells and therapeutic targeting with anti-CD47 antibodies. With Dr. Weissman, he developed a humanized anti-CD47 antibody, initiated first-in-human clinical trials. Dr. Majeti directs an active NIH-funded laboratory that focuses on the molecular characterization and therapeutic targeting of leukemia stem cells in human hematologic disorders, particularly AML, and has published >100 peer-reviewed articles. He is a recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award for Medical Scientists, the New York Stem Cell Foundation Robertson Investigator Award, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Scholar Award. Dr. Majeti is currently a member of the Committee on Scientific Affairs for the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and serves of the editorial board of Blood and eLife.
- David Stork is a graduate in Physics from MIT and the University of Maryland, and also studied Art History at Wellesley College. He has held faculty positions in Physics, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Statistics, Computational Mathematical Engineering, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Art and Art History variously at Wellesley and Swarthmore Colleges, Clark, Boston, and Stanford Universities, and the Technical University of Vienna. He is a Fellow of seven international technical societies and his eighth book, Pixels & paintings: Foundations of computer-assisted connoisseurship will be released next month by Wiley.
- Piero Scaruffi is a cultural historian who has lectured in three continents and published several books on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, the latest one being "The Nature of Consciousness" (2006). He pioneered Internet applications in the early 1980s and the use of the World-Wide Web for cultural purposes in the mid 1990s. His poetry has been awarded several national prizes in Italy and the USA. His latest book of poems and meditations is "Synthesis" (2009). As a music historian, he has published ten books, the latest ones being "A History of Rock and Dance Music" (2009) and "A History of Jazz Music" (2007). His latest book of history is "A History of Silicon Valley" (2011). The first volume of his free ebook "A Visual History of the Visual Arts" appeared in 2012. His latest book is "Intelligence is not Artificial" (2013). He has also written extensively about cinema and literature. He founded the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) in 2008. Since 2015 he has been commuting between California and China, where several of his books have been translated.
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