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4:15 pm

The Human Sense of Smell – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

April 13, 4:15 pm - 7:00 pm
The Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States

How does our brain make sense of scents and flavors? To explore the human sense of smell in its perceptual, neural, and cultural dimensions, the panel brings together cross-disciplinary perspectives from neuroscience, philosophy, and perfumery.

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5:00 pm

Two Cultures Reading Group – CP Snow and the Atomic Bomb

April 13, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The inaugural meeting of our reading group will take place on April 13 at 5 pm in 513 Fayerweather. We will be discussing "The New Men" (1954), a novel that centers around the British atomic bomb project in the 1940s. Together with "The Masters" it was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1954 but fell out of fashion only a few years later.

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6:00 pm

Exploratory Works: Drawings from the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions

April 13, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St
New York, NY 10013 United States

This exhibition brings to light for the first time an archive of images that illustrate the formation of our modern definition of nature. William Beebe (1877–1962) was one of America's greatest popularizers of ecological thinking and biological science. Beebe literally took the lab into the jungle, rather than the jungle to the lab. The Department of Tropical Research was pioneering in that, under Beebe’s direction, women were hired as lead scientists and field artists. Artist Isabel Cooper, joining in 1919, publicly relished her opportunity to travel through the jungles of Guyana juggling a “vivid serpent or tapestried lizard in one hand, and the best grade of Japanese paintbrush in the other.” The structure of The Drawing Center’s exhibition will mirror the two salient stages of the Department of Tropical Research's investigations: jungle field station work and floating laboratories for marine biology —revealing that artists and scientists worked closely and productively in the near past and that scientists once understood art as a valuable tool for promoting ecological thinking to a broad public.

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Rose Holz – Art in the Service of Medical Education: The Robert L. Dickinson-Belskie Birth Series and the Use of Sculpture to Teach the Process of Human Development from Fertilization Through Delivery

April 13, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY

Professor Rose Holz examines the life of Dr. Robert L. Dickinson (1861-1950), sexologist, gynecologist, artist extraordinaire (and highly active Academy Fellow), investigating the hugely influential Birth Series sculptures he created in 1939 with fellow artist Abram Belskie. The Birth Series illustrates the process of human development from fertilization through delivery. First displayed to much fanfare at the 1939-1940 New York City World's Fair, the sculptures were reproduced in a variety of forms and sent out to medical teaching institutions and public health museums across the nation and the globe. Their effect, moreover, cannot be underestimated. The Birth Series both shaped modern gynecological education for aspiring practitioners and educated lay individuals in matters of pregnancy and reproduction and gave rise to new understandings of pregnancy radically different from those that held sway in the 1800s. In doing so, it also helped create the language and imagery central to modern reproductive politics.

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