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“Three Presentations: Archeology, Neuroscience and Environmental Science”

March 25, 2021 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Zoom

Three presentations:

-Monica Smith (UC Los Angeles) on “Urban Art: The First 6,000 Years”

-Brian Knutson (Stanford) on “The Neuroscience of Emotions”

-Sophia Moskalenko (National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism, Maryland) on “Radicalization and Martyrdom”

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) andCities: 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.

3. Sophia Moskalenko is a research fellow at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. 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

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. During the pandemic they are held on Zoom and renamed “The L.A.S.T. Dialogues” (where LAST stands for “Life Art Science Tech”).


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March 25, 2021, 6:00 pm