The Institute of the Arts and Sciences is hosting a Leonardo Art and Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER)
REFRESHMENTS ARE AT 6:45 P.M. FOLLOWED AT 7 P.M. WITH PRESENTATIONS BY:
Lewis Watts, “Black Presence in France (Paris Noir)”
Noah Wardrip-Fruin, “Expanding Fiction’s Possibilities”
Deanna Shemek, “Fast-Forward Renaissance: the Science of Preserving Cultural Heritage”
Colleen Reichmuth, “Exploring the inner worlds of marine mammals”
Lewis Watts is Professor Emeritus of Art at UC Santa Cruz. He is a photographer, curator, and archivist, examining the “cultural landscape” of African American Communities. He is co-author of New Orleans Suite, Music and Culture in Transition (2013) and Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era (2006) and his work has appeared in numerous exhibitions and publications.
Noah Wardrip-Fruin is Associate Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz and co-director of the Expressive Intelligence Studio, one of the world’s largest technical research groups focused on games. He also directs the Playable Media group in UCSC’s Digital Arts and New Media program.
Deanna Shemek is Professor of Literature at UC Santa Cruz. Her research and teaching centers on Renaissance studies and focuses on the crossroads between literary, historical, art historical, and political materials. Shemak has recently embarked on a digital humanities project aimed at preservation, access, and creative study of the European Renaissance.
Trained primarily as an animal behaviorist, Colleen Reichmuth conducts research in the areas of comparative cognition, bioacoustics, and behavioral ecology. Dr. Reichmuth currently heads the Cognition and Sensory Systems Laboratory, based at UC Santa Cruz’s Long Marine Lab. She has a B.Sc. in Biology, a M.Sc. in Marine Science, and a Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences, all from the UC Santa Cruz.