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Colloquium: SCIENCE AS PERFORMANCE: COMMUNICATING AND EDUCATING THROUGH THEATER, MUSIC AND DANCE

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Brian Schwartz, City University of New York
When
18 January 2018 from 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM
Where
117 Osmond Laboratory
Contact Name
Milton Cole
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Theater, music, dance, the literary and the visual arts can offer new ways to convey the joys and excitement of science and the sciences can in return, provide creative opportunities for the arts. In this talk, physicist Brian Schwartz will describe a program he directs entitled: Science & the Arts which is designed to communicate to the public the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by means of partnerships with and by contributions of the Arts.  (From STEM to STEAM). Over the past few years, there have been major successes in communicating science to the public through the performing and visual arts.  This is especially evident in theater, film, opera and dance starting with the ground-breaking Michael Frayn play Copenhagen, the recent Oscar nominated film Hidden Figures, the John Adams’ opera Doctor Atomic at the Met and the Streb Dance Company directed by Elizabeth Streb (a MacArthur Fellow).  The performance arts outreach series Science & the Arts has been developed and tested at the CUNY Graduate Center for more than fifteen years, see https://sciart.commons.gc.cuny.edu/ .  Constructive relationships have been established with actors, playwrights, dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, artists and scientists who work at the intersection of science and the arts.  This presentation will illustrate effective collaborations between scientists and artists in theater, dance, music and art.  Also described are the national dissemination efforts accomplished through partnerships with diverse colleges, universities, community colleges, educational organizations and community arts organizations.  Partnering between Science & the Arts serves as a model for developing successful and innovative collaborative activities.  Academics, professionals and students from educational institutions, museums, theaters and government laboratories as well as the public with an interest in creating partnership programs between science and arts should find this presentation of particular interest.

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