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Lectures explore intersection of arts and technology, Nov. 16

Faculty and staff members from across the University have organized a series of lectures on the interaction of technology and the arts. The series, called /@rts ("slash arts"), begins with a talk by video and installation artists Jennifer and Kevin McCoy at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

The /@rts series is being organized by faculty and staff in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Office of Information Technology, the Council for the Humanities, the Program in Visual Arts, the University Art Museum and the departments of computer science and music. Invited speakers will include visual artists, computer scientists, sociologists, composers, musicians and other performers and scholars, who will discuss topics ranging from new media to traditional forms and practices in the arts and humanities.

"Speakers will explore topics such as how cultural icons are reshaped by technology, how digital and mass media affect artists and culture, and how technology is, in turn, impacted by art, creating new technologies which then continue the cycle of reshaping culture," according to the organizers.

The idea for the lecture series grew out of the recent strategic planning workshops held by the engineering school at which faculty and staff members emphasized the already strong ties between academic programs in engineering and the arts and humanities. "We are organizing this lecture series to increase the dialogue among the many disciplines, both technological and not, that make up the fabric of our University's intellectual life," said dean of engineering Maria Klawe.

Further information on upcoming speakers is available online .

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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