Meet, Greet, Teach: Death of Art, Death of Science – May 28

An Informal Conversation about Interdisciplinary Teaching on Environmental Issues

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
5:00-6:30 PM
Program on the Environment Commons, Wallace Hall (ACC) 012

Free to attend.  RSVP requested by Thursday, May 23, 2013

Can the totally rational, reductionist environmental scientist really understand the world without the creativity of music, visual art, dance, or poetry?  Can the artist attempting to capture the archetype of environmental loss create a richer tableau by knowing something about how the physical world works?   If society, or a university undergoing budget cuts, slashes one side, will the other be poorer?

We learn – and teach – that art and science are worlds apart.  The right and left brains. Rigorous versus creative.  Absinthe versus beer.

Or should we reconsider that thesis?

Join us for the final MGT of the year for provocative comments from artists and scientists on how our worlds collide, even as the ships pass.


  • Jennifer Bean, Director, Cinema and Media Studies; Associate Professor, Comparative Literature
  • Philip Govedare, Professor and Graduate Coordinator, School of Art
  • Richard Karpen, Director, School of Music; Professor, Digital Arts and Experimental Medida (DXARTS)
  • Bruce Nelson, Professor, Earth & Space Sciences; Associate Dean for Research, College of the Environment

MGT is an evening series offering graduate students, postdocs, staff and faculty with an interest in engaging in artful, interactive, innovative teaching a chance to interact with colleagues from across campus who are willing to share their enthusiasm and experience.  
Each MGT focuses on a single “30,000 foot” issue: What is interdisciplinary? The role of facts versus values. Can personalized teaching be objective teaching? Saving STEM.

Over a glass of wine and light appetizers, attendees have a chance to mix and mingle before settling down to a 30-minute “fast panel” of 3-5 faculty, each delivering thought – and conversation – provoking answers. With time for both structured and social interaction, MGT presents an opportunity for everyone to have a say, make a contact, find a shared direction, and learn something new.

Wanting more follow-up? We’ll wrap up the session with time for more one-on-one interaction, giving everyone time to grab a speaker for a final comment.

Sponsored by the College of the Environment and hosted by the Program on the Environment

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