Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of January 2021

Online Edition: the L.A.S.T. Dialogues


Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking
Hosted from Stanford during January 2021
by Piero Scaruffi

During the covid pandemic, this online program replaces both the 12 physical L.A.S.E.R.s that were planned at Stanford University and University of San Francisco for 2020 and the L.A.S.T. Festival that was planned for Spring 2020. Since some of them are simply "fireside chats", we tentatively called them the The Life Art Science Tech (L.A.S.T.) dialogues. See previous and future speakers and their videos.
(Note: All times are California time)

  • January 14 @ 6pm
    Richard Halpern (Cultural Historian) on "What is Tragedy good for?"
    Christian Kohler (Lawrence Berkeley Labs) on "Environmental Building Technologies"
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    Richard Halpern (Cultural Historian) on "What is Tragedy good for?"
    After the event, the video will be posted here.

    Richard Halpern, prior to his retirement in 2019, was Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Literature at New York University. Before arriving at NYU, he taught at Yale, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Johns Hopkins University. He specializes in Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, and drama from ancient Greece to the present. He is the author of five books. The most recent of these, Eclipse of Action: Tragedy and Political Economy (University of Chicago Press, 2017) won the Rene' Wellek Prize for best book of the year from the American Comparative Literature Association in 2019. He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.


    Christian Kohler (Lawrence Berkeley Labs) on "title of the talk"
    After the event, the video will be posted here.

    Christian Kohler is the department head for Building Technologies at Berkeley Lab. For over 20 years he has been involved in all aspects of building energy efficiency research such as simulation, measurement and technology development. He has been deeply engaged in software development for various windows related tools, e.g., THERM, WINDOW, and Optics5. He has also led the development of new technologies for highly insulating and dynamic windows. His activities include algorithm development, user support, training, developing embedded controllers and experimental work on highly insulating and dynamic windows. His major work with industry has included being an elected Member of the Board of Directors of the National Fenestration Rating Council and the past Research Chair and Committee Chair Fenestration Technical Committee, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Prior to that he was working at the LBNL Infrared Thermography research facility.


The Stanford LASERs are sponsored by the Deans of: Engineering; Humanities & Sciences; and Medicine.