Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Cultural May Evening in DC

by Gary Berg-Cross

DC offers some interesting cultural (and free)opportunities.  One of them I heard about recently is SEAD - The network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Design. SEAD broad goal is to facilitate research, dialogue, and communication within and among those working in the SEAD disciplines. .
It's one of those active communities that working towards:

"healthy development of neighborhoods, cities and regions and our competitive edge in economic, educational, and social wellbeing relies upon new ways of thinking as well as transformative efforts that integrate disciplines and domains. "

There ideas on "transdisciplinary, collaborative work that combines aspects of arts, humanities, sciences, and engineering for fostering innovation to improve health, education, productivity and community sustainability" sounds interesting and I'll be glad to learn more about all of this at the Thursday May  16, 2013 meeting at the D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER)  (doors open at 5:30)

 It's at the Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Room 100.

DASER co-sponsored by Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) and Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology is itself an interesting cultural institution. 

DASER fosters community and discussion around the intersection of art and science. providing:

" a snapshot of the cultural environment and foster interdisciplinary networking. "
Here is some additional info on what promises to be a great DASER session with really interesting speakers:

5:30 to 6:00 p.m.       Check in

6:00 to 6:10 p.m.       Welcoming remarks and community sharing.
Anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds (or so)  to share their work. These are usually presented as teasers so that those who are interested can seek you out during social & networking time following the  event.

6:10 to 7:10 p.m.       Panelists' presentations (15 minutes or so each)  For May the schedule is like this:
 Roger Malina, Distinguished Professor of Art and Technology,
 and Professor of Physics, University of Texas, Dallas and
 Executive Editor, Leonardo Publications, MIT Press

Gunalan Nadarajan  Dean, School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor                         

Bill O'Brien Senior Advisor for Program Innovation
National Endowment for the Arts,    Washington, D.C.

Carol Strohecker, Director, Center for Design Innovation,
University of North Carolina system, Winston-Salem

After Discussion  around 8 or so there is a 8:10 to 9:00 p.m.       Reception

You can register for this DASER event at

 Visit CPNAS's website for more information:

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