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Historian Steve Harris (SFSU), art scholar Dawna Schuld (Texas A&M Univ), physicist Saul Perlmutter (Lawrence Berkeley Lab) and cultural historian Piero Scaruffi on "Revolution (in politics, science and art)".
What is a revolution? When does it happen? When is it successful? Is there any revolution that is not just evolution? What is the meaning of the word in politics, art and science? What is the role of revolutions in the transmission of ideas across space and time? Do art and science cross pollinate revolutions? Are revolutions still possible? Desirable? Revolutions in Physics are based on facts, on empirical data: on what are they based in art? (In popular music often it's a new instrument that causes a revolution: the electric guitar, the synthesizer, the drum machine, ...) Do revolutions in art equal "ism". Are there new isms or is the age of isms over? If so, is that a revolution, an "ism" of no isms?
Saul Perlmutter is a 2011 Nobel Laureate, sharing the prize in Physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe. He is the director of BIDS, a professor of physics, and a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is the leader of the international Supernova Cosmology Project, and executive director of the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics.
Dawna Schuld is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History in the Department of Visualization, Texas A&M University. Her research concentrates on points of intersection between art, technology, and biology.
Steve Harris lectures at the Department of History of San Francisco State Univ and has researched revolutions in history. His focus is modern European history considering ideas, institutions and practices in a global context. He co-leads with Professor Trevor Getz the "History of the 21st Century" project to re-conceive introductory college history courses.