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October 2017

Imagine Science Film Festival at The New School

October 13 - October 20
Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, 65 West 11th Street, Wollman Hall
New York, NY 10011 United States
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Imagine Science Film Festival (ISFF) was created in the hybridization of art and science and mixing subjects, genres, and even fact and fiction. Taking place at The New School from October 13 to 20, 2017.

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John M. Kinder – A History of American War in Five Bodies

October 17, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY
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In this talk, Kinder explores the history of American war through the bodies of five disabled veterans. What emerges is a portrait of nation struggling (and often failing) to mitigate the human cost of military conflict.

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David N. Schwartz – How Fermi Became Fermi

October 23, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Pupin Hall, Room 428, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Drawing on research undertaken in preparation for his forthcoming biography of Fermi, “The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age” (Basic Books, December 5, 2017) David N. Schwartz will discuss the development of Fermi as a physicist.

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Whitney Laemmli – Measured Movements: Weimar Germany, Labanotation, and the Choreography of Corporate Life

October 25, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NYU Gallatin, 1 Washington Place, Room 801
New York, NY 10003
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In 1928, the German choreographer Rudolf Laban announced what he believed to be an explosive development in the history of dance: the creation of an inscription system that could “objectively” record human movement on paper. The technique, known as “Labanotation,” relied upon byzantine combinations of lines, tick marks, and boxes. In this talk, Dr. Laemmli will explore two seemingly distant, but in fact closely-linked, moments from Labanotation’s history: its origins in the anxiety-ridden, vibratory atmosphere of Weimar Germany and its use in the American and British corporate office in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

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South-South II: Materiality and Embodiment in Greater Asia and Africa Conference

October 27 - October 28
International Affairs Building, Room 918, 420 W 118th St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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The conference will be a forum for facilitating interdisciplinary and transregional engagement with global histories of science and the history of and from the Global South.

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Textiles, Dyes and Knowledge Oeconomies in the French Enlightenment

October 27, 9:15 am - 5:30 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This symposium brings together scholars working on the interlocking histories of science, artisanal production, and commerce in Enlightenment France. Following the circulation of knowledge and materials among various sites, scientific academies, royal administrative bodies, merchant companies, and workshops, the papers will examine the complex relationship between handicrafts, trade, and science in the eighteenth-century.

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Linda B. Parshall – Adventures in the Landscape Parks and Drawing Rooms of Regency Britain

October 27, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458 United States
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Linda B. Parshall, Ph.D., independent scholar will conduct a seminar exploring the prince of Pückler-Muskau and his lively letters written on a during a tour of England, Wales, and Ireland in 1826.

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Benjamin Breen – Explorations in the Medical Humanities: Three Ways of Looking at an Opium Ball

October 30, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This lecture series will explore the enigma of how what we write relates back to the experience of bodies, healthy and unwell. Our speakers will explore how the medical humanities build on and revise earlier notions of the “medical arts.”

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November 2017

Ted Anton – Planet of Microbes

November 1, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Buell Hall, East Gallery, Columbia University
New York, 10027 United States
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The Center for Science and Society invites you to a book launch for Planet of Microbes (University of Chicago Press), by Ted Anton, science writer and Professor of English at DePaul University. Planet of Microbes is a journey through the curious and wonderful science of the Earth's smallest lifeforms.

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Science+Art+Design Workshop: Painting with Biopigments

November 9, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The New School – University Center, 618, 63 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY United States
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Using naturally and artificially-pigmented bacteria and user-generated designs, you will create living images and patterns. These patterns will be pressed and fixed onto fabric. This workshop takes place at The New School.

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