1.Monica Smith on "Urban Art: The First 6,000 Years" 2.Brian Knutson on "Toward a deep science of affect, motivation, choice" 3. Sophia Moskalenko on "Radicalization and Martyrdom"
Part of the L.A.S.E.R. series of public talks www.lasertalks.com
1. Monica L. Smith (UCLA) is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds the Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair in Indian Studies and is the director of the South Asian Archaeology Laboratory at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. Her archaeological field experience includes work in England, Italy, Egypt, Madagascar, Bangladesh, Tunisia, and the American Southwest. She is the author of The Prehistory of Ordinary People (2010) and Cities: The First 6,000 Years (2019).
2. Brian Knutson is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Stanford University. His research focuses on the neural basis of emotional experience and expression. Knutson is a fellow of the Academy for Behavioral Medicine Research as well as the Association for Psychological Science. He recently proposed a "deep science" approach capable of linking neural, affective, and motivational levels of analysis. Although traditionally considered separately, there are links between affect, motivation, and choice.
3. Sophia Moskalenko is a research fellow at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (NC-START). Her research on terrorism and radicalization has been presented in scientific conferences, government briefings, radio broadcasts and international television newscasts. She has worked on research projects commissioned by the Department of Defence, Department of Homeland Security and Department of State. With Clark McCauley, she has co-authored the books "Friction: How Radicalization Happens to Them and Us" (2011), "The Marvel of Martyrdom" and "Radicalization to Terrorism" (2020).
Detailed bios at: www.lasertalks.com
chaired by cultural historian Piero Scaruffi