Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of September 2021

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


Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking
Hosted from Stanford during September 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)

  • September 1 @ 6pm
    Carol Strohecker (Dean of Design, University of Minnesota, and cofounder of the SEAD network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Design) on "The Kusske Design Initiative: Inciting interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration for designing in harmony with the natural world "
    Albert Ascoli (UC Berkeley/ Literature) on "Dante for the 21st Century" (on the 700th anniversary of his death)
    TBA (affiliation) on "TBA"
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    Carol Strohecker (Dean of Design, University of Minnesota, and cofounder of the SEAD network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Design) on "The Kusske Design Initiative: Inciting interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration for designing in harmony with the natural world "
    After the event, the video will be posted here.

    Carol Strohecker is Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. Her creative practice, research on learning, studies of complex systems, and "designing so others can design" have contributed to contexts of growth and change, including technology R&D, academic administration, organizational start-up, and community economic development. A co-founder of the SEAD network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design, spawned through grants from the US National Science Foundation, she inaugurated the roles of Vice Provost at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Director at the Center for Design Innovation, a multi-campus research center of the University of North Carolina. Previously she was Principal Investigator of the Everyday Learning research group at Media Lab Europe, the European partner of the MIT Media Lab. Prior to MLE, she worked at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories and in the Human Interface Group of Sun Microsystems. She earned the PhD of Media Arts and Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991 and the Master of Science in Visual Studies from MIT in 1986. She has served MIT's Program in Media Arts and Sciences as a Lecturer and as a Presidential Nominee on the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee. She has served on research and advisory panels for the National Science Foundation and the European Commission.


    Albert Ascoli (UC Berkeley) on "Dante for the 21st Century" (on the 700th anniversary of his death)
    After the event, the video will be posted here.

    Albert Ascoli (UC Berkeley/ Literature) is Distinguished Professor of Italian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and currently serves as President of the Dante Society of America. His interests include the relations between literary form and history; the author-reader relationship; the construction of Italian national identity; literary politics of gender; Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Ariosto, Shakespeare. His most recent books are Dante and the Making of a Modern Author (Cambridge, 2008) and A Local Habitation, and a Name: Imagining Histories in the Italian Renaissance (Fordham, 2011). He has edited several essay collections including Making and Remaking Italy: The Cultivation of National Identity around the Risorgimento (with Krystyna von Henneberg; Berg, 2001), a double issue of Renaissance Drama titled "Italy and the Drama of Europe" (with William West, 2010) and Italian Futures, an issue of the electronic journal California Italian Studies (with Randolph Starn, 2011). He has held a number of fellowships, including the NEH-Mellon Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome (2004-2005), was recently elected "membro straniero" of the Academy of the Istituto Lombardo and is currently serving as President of the Dante Society of America. He has recently completed editing the Cambridge Companion to Petrarch (with Unn Falkeid, 2015), and his current research project is a study of the problem of fede (faith) as promise and belief in the early modern period.


    name (affiliaton) on "title of the talk"
    After the event, the video will be posted here.

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