Science (as) Culture

Scientists make discoveries, engineers design new technologies, artists create multi-media installations contemplating how the world works, corporations develop and distribute new products, policymakers, researchers, creatives, and grassroots activists alike attempt to create positive impacts, while others instead either choose to remain a passive observer or feel their voice goes unheard.
Ideally, all of these actors could work together at all stages of scientific and technological development to ensure the best outcomes for society as a whole. However, integrating these often disparate and sometimes competing fields—labs, creative spaces, corporations, universities, funding organizations, movements, governing bodies, and communities—is challenging.

Ligo Project is working to dissolve those boundaries and to tackle this challenge with creativity. Join us at the table for an intimate yet challenging 3-part multi-disciplinary exchange of ideas that gives everyone the opportunity to be heard and aims to change how we as a society think about, learn about, and talk about art, science and technology.

Be part of the conversation by taking a seat at the table.

Center for Career Development, East Hall 1, across from the Engine Room

Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Ave.

Center for Career Development, East Hall 1, across from the Engine Room

Part 1 – Integration of Science & Society: the current view? 

In the Past – March 30th

Part 2 – Fostering Creativity & Social Responsiveness to Science & within Science.

 April 27th

Part 3 – Science as Culture: the 1000-year view & how to get there? 

May 18th

How it Works: Science (as) Culture will use a format inspired by Lois Weaver’s conversation as performance project ‘The Long Table’, which is informal, participatory & nonhierarchical. Special guests are invited to “seed” the conversation but the “audience” is invited to take a seat at the table and join in. The rules of engagement will be such that free thought and open exchange are highly encouraged at all times – everyone’s voice is heard.

Goals: Science (as) Culture Discussion Series aims to create a “Call to action” to take positive steps in our community to improve integration of science & society. Multi-media summaries of discussions will serve as a platform for: a white paper, blog and/or other article(s) in order to more broadly distribute the ideas exchanged in our discussions, letters to editors of newspapers and other media sources; materials to distribute ideas & needs to other non-profits with relevant missions as a means to coalesce a wider community around positive action toward the integration of science and society in our community; and to seed content and context for additional public town hall style discussions and events that will work toward new and creative contexts for the integration of science and society.

Part 1- Integration of Science & Society: the current view?

Myles Jackson is Gallatin Research Excellence Professor of the History of Science, professor of History of the Faculty of Arts and Science at NYU and professor in the Division of Medical Bioethics at the NYU-Langone School of Medicine and currently serves as the Director of Science and Society, an inter-school minor at NYU His research interests include molecular biology and intellectual property in Europe and the US, genetic privacy issues, gene patenting and privacy issues in Europe, and the history of 18th- and 19th-century German physics.

He has written on the history of science and technology from the Scientific Revolution to the present and is currently working on a book on the relationship between science, technology, and music from the 18th century to the present.

Jeremy Blatter is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU Steinhardt. He works on the intersection of the history of science and technology and media studies, and is currently working on a book exploring how experimental psychology was transformed from an abstract laboratory science into a robust technology of human behavior with seemingly limitless applications. He was a research associate with metaLAB and the Sensory Ethnography Lab and has done curatorial work at Harvard.




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