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December 2020

An Interdisciplinary Evening of History, Art and Math

December 3 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ian Hodder (Stanford/ Anthropology) on “What we learn from studying Çatalhöyük, one of the world’s earliest societies” Miriam Dym (Visual Artist & Systems Thinker) on her visual art based on infinitely variable and interactive pattern systems Vijaya Nagarajan (Univ. of San Francisco/ Theology and Religious Studies) on “Embedded Mathematics in Southern India’s Ritual Art of the Kolam” Detailed bios at: www.lasertalks.com  Ian Hodder was trained at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and at Cambridge University where he obtained…

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Discussion of the film, “Walk with Me” by Professor Paul Harrison

December 3 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Prior to the film discussion: Please watch “Walk with Me,” a film directed by Marc J Francis and Max Pugh, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, from the comfort of your home. The film, starring Thich Nhat Hanh and Benedict Cumberbatch, takes us deep inside a Zen Buddhist community which practices the art of mindfulness in rural France and on the road in the United States.  The film is available for viewing through the following platforms: Documentary Mania:http://www.documentarymania.com/player.php?title=Walk%20with%20Me Kanopy with your public…

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Talks with the Artists: An Interview with Xiaoze Xie

December 8 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Talks with the Artists: An Interview with Xiaoze Xie Tuesday, December 8, 2020 – 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm PDT (live captioning provided) Join us for our next interview in the Talks with the Artists series where we speak with artists that have contributed to the SRWC art collection. Xiaoze Xie received his Master of Fine Art degrees from the Central Academy of Arts & Design in Beijing and the University of North Texas. His work has been internationally exhibited at venues such…

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Cultivating Healthy Self Esteem

December 11 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We are often torn between –  ‘Who we aspire to be’ vs ‘who we actually are’.‘How others want to mold us’ vs ‘how we want to naturally grow’‘What makes us feel good about ourselves in the short-term’ vs ‘what makes us good in the long-term’ How can we resolve these tensions by cultivating a healthy sense of self-esteem? Discover a locus of self-worth that goes beyond our net worth. 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Mantra Meditation  7:30 pm – 9:00…

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An Interdisciplincary Evening of Astronomy, Conceptual Art and Cinema

December 17 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Daniela de Paulis (Artist in Residence at the Dwingeloo radio telescope in the Netherlands) on her conceptual art based on space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence  (live from Europe) Janine Marchessault (Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the Department of Cinema and Media Arts at York University) on “Media, Utopias, Ecologies” (live from Canada) Detailed bios at: www.lasertalks.com Daniela de Paulis is a former contemporary dancer, a trans-disciplinary artist, licensed radio operator and radio telescope operator. From…

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