The C. P. Snow Lecture Series

50th Anniversary: Fall 2014 Lead Up Events & Activities

The schedule and listing of events and activities is still under development; please check back regularly to find updated information.

Event/Activity Description Location Date/Time
Artist talk with Julia Randall

Oral Fixations

From strange hybrid “Lovebirds” to disembodied mouths and monumental bubblegum, the subjects of Julia Randall's drawings seduce the viewer. The exhibition “Oral Fixations” is a ten-year retrospective of the meticulous, hyperrealist drawings by Randall, curated Clare Rogan of the Davison Art Center of Wesleyan University. The exhibition title nods towards Sigmund Freud's theory of oral-stage fixation, but Randall's often monumental drawings go beyond psychoanalysis, presenting surreal, sensual, even visceral images, while surprising with a sense of humor.

Handwerker Gallery September 18, 2014 (6pm)
Guest speaker from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Macaulay Library: A Biological Collection for the 21st Century

Gregory Budney will speak about his position at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as the Curator of the Macaulay Library sound archive. What does is mean to collect, archive, and preserve a non-physical object? Who uses the archive and why are sounds important?

Handwerker Gallery September 23, 2014 (6pm)
Artist talk with Laura Moriarty

Scratched Record

Working in layers of solid pigmented beeswax, Laura Moriarty's paintings, prints, and installations resonate with the geologic. Their forms, colors, textures and patterns activate the same processes that shape and reshape the earth: heating and cooling, erosion, subduction, friction, enfolding, weathering, slippage. By creating imperfect architectonic records of geologic horizons, her practice investigates and compares the layers of human memory and geologic time.

Handwerker Gallery September 25, 2014 (6pm)
Guest speaker sponsored by the Department of Philosophy

Human Survival Versus Morally Upright Behavior: Reflections on Our Evolutionary Makeup in the Spirit of Star Trek

Laurence Thomas, professor of philosophy at Syracuse University


Clark Lounge October 29, 2014 (7-9pm)
Staged reading of Michael Frayn's play Copenhagen. Sponsored by On the Verge, the play is about a meeting that took place in 1941 between the physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, in Copenhagen; it explores theoretical physics from a humanist standpoint, examining the implications of "the uncertainty principle" as it applies to human relationships, human behavior, and our endlessly frustrated efforts to understand ourselves and our past actions. Handwerker Gallery October 30, 2014 (6:30pm)
Course Description
ARTH 20400 The Visual Culture of Science Explores the intersection of visual culture and science; students will consider conventions of representation, semantic encoding, and cultural references of scientific illustrations and visualizations, as well as the impact of science on popular visual culture and art since the early 17th century. (Gary Wells, art history)
One-credit Honors Seminar Narratives of human origins (Luke Keller, physics & astronomy and Nancy Menning, philosophy & religion)

The C.P. Snow Committee can provide financial support (small awards up to $350) to help faculty and students prepare/organize activities; faculty, staff, and students interested in developing an event/activity, or in having an already scheduled one included in the listing, should fill out and submit the C. P. Snow 50th Anniversary Event/Activity Form.

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