The LASERs (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous), chaired by cultural historian Piero Scaruffi, are an international program of evening gatherings that bring together artists, scientists, inventors and scholars in a variety of disciplines for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. Detailed info at: www.lasertalks.com
This evening will feature 3 presentations:
Albert Russell Ascoli on "Dante and the Invention of Italian, Italians, and Italy"
Kat Mustatea on "Augmented Reality and the Decaying Book"
Neil Shubin on "Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA"
Albert Russell Ascoli is Terrill Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Italian Studies at UC Berkeley. He has published widely, and in particular Dante and the Making of a Modern Author (Cambridge Univ Press, 2008). His current work focuses on Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron, and Ludovico Ariosto's chivalric epic, Orlando Furioso. He is a past president of the Dante Society of America.
Kat Mustatea is a playwright and technologist. She co-curates EdgeCut, a live performance series that explores our complex relationship to the digital, and is a member of NEW INC, the art and tech incubator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Voidopolis won the Arts and Letters Unclassifiable Prize for literature and the Dante Prize for art, and has been exhibited internationally, including at Ars Electronica 2021 in the form of an AR book meant to disappear.
Neil Shubin is Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, Associate Dean of Organismal Biology and Anatomy and Professor on the Committee of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago and the Provost of the Field Museum of Natural History. He is a paleontologist and evolutionary biologist. Shubin was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2011.
The Stanford LASERs are sponsored by the deans of Humanities and Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and Chemical Engineering.