Update on Communicating Science to the Public through the Performing Arts Brian Schwartz The Graduate Center and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York bschwartz@gc.cuny.edu In this paper, we report on a very recent international conference at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The conference, held on October 29 and 30, 2010 was focused on the Communication of Science to the Public through the Performing Arts. See http://www.sciartconference2010.com/ The conference is based on over 10 years of experience in communicating science to the public through the arts at the Graduate Center under the program Science & the Arts. Each year for the past 10 years, approximately 10 Science & the Arts events were presented. Some programs were one-time events while others, such as the ones related to the play Copenhagen; the celebration of the International Year of Physics in 2005; and the programs associated with the performance of the opera Doctor Atomic by the Metropolitan Opera, were a curated series of performances, presentations and seminars. The conference has invited sessions on the following themes: (1) Science and Theatre; (2) Science and Dance; (3) Science and Music; (4) Science and Films, TV and Radio and (5) Science Festivals and Science Cafes.

The speakers and moderators at the conference include: Frank Burnet, Science Festivals: Cheltenham Science Festival and Other European Festival, http://frankburnet.com/about; Liliane Campos, Theatre: Literary Analysis of Science Plays, http://www.texte-et-critique-du-texte.paris-sorbonne.fr/annuaire/liliane_campos.htm; Jerry Carlson, Film: Film Criticism, http://cuny.tv/series/citycine/carlson.lasso; Marvin Carlson, Theatre: Literary Criticism, http:// web.gc.cuny.edu/theatre/faculty/index.html; Marco Cavaglià, Science Exhibits: Laser Interferometer Gravitational- wave Observatory (LIGO), http://www.aps.org/units/fed/newsletters/spring2010/cavaglia.cfm and http://www.ligo. caltech.edu/; Robert Clyman, Theatre: Science and Theatre from the Viewpoint of the Playwright, http://www.doollee. com/PlaywrightsC/clyman-robert.html; Dorian Devins, Science Cafes and Outreach: The Secret Science Club http://secretscienceclub.blogspot.com/ and http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-nnovations/stories/the-secret-scienceclub;John Durant, Science Festivals: Science Festivals in the US and Support by NSF Informal Science Program http://web.mit.edu/sts/people/durant.html; Stuart Firestein, Theatre: Scientist and Critic http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/ content/full/327/5962/146-a and http://www.columbia.edu/cu/biology/faculty-data/stuart-firestein/faculty.html; Alexis Gambis, Film: Imagine Science Film Festival, http://www.imaginesciencefilms.com/about/; Graeme Gillis, Theatre: Ensemble Studio Theatre /Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project, http://ensemblestudiotheatre.org/programs/estsloan-project/; Arthur Giron, Theatre: Science and Theatre from the Viewpoint of the Playwright http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsG/giron-arthur.html; Ira Hauptman; Theatre: Science and Theatre from the Viewpoint of the Playwright, http://www.playscripts.com/author.php3?authorid=408 and http://www.doollee.com/ PlaywrightsH/hauptman-ira.html; Roald Hoffmann; Science Cafes: Ten Years at the Cornelia Street Café, http://www. roaldhoffmann.com; Brian W. Holmes. Music: Understanding Musical Instruments: Composing "Updike's Science" http://www.thorpemusic.com/holmes02.html and http://www.classical-composers.org/comp/holmes_brian; Ken Laws: Dance: The Physics of Dance, http://physics.dickinson.edu:16080/~pod_web/; Jodi Lomask, Dance: Capacitor Dance Company, http://www.capacitor.org; Cassandra Medley, Theatre: Science and Theatre from the Viewpoint of the Playwright, http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsM/medley-cassandra.html; Ann G. Merchant, Film and TV: The Role of Science & Entertainment Exchange http://www.scienceandentertainmentexchange.org; Odd tOdd, Animation: Science Communication via Science Toons, http://www.oddtoddstudios.com; Sidney Perkowitz Film:
Author: Hollywood Science: Movies, Science and the End of the World, http://www.sidneyperkowitz.net; Nancy Rhodes, Music: A New Science Opera: The Theory of Everything, http://www.encompassopera.org; David P. Saltzberg; TV: Physics and the Making of "The Big Bang" TV Comedy Series, http://personnel.physics.ucla.edu/directory/faculty/ index.php?f_name=saltzberg and http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/cms/?pid=1000595; Elizabeth Streb, Dance: STREB Lab for Action Mechanic (SLAM), http://www.streb.org/; Thomas Warfield, Dance: Science the Universal Language of Movement, http://www.ntid.rit.edu/media/full_text.php?article_id=849; Benjamin Wolff, Music: Galileo’s Muse, http://galileosmuse.com/; Eva-Sabine Zehelein, Theatre: Literary Analysis of Science Plays, http://www.uni-frankfurt.de/fb/fb10/ieas/abteilungen/amerikanistik/lehrende/zehelein/index.html; Samuel Zygmuntowicz, Music: The Making and Science of String Instruments http://artistled.com/Biographies/Samuel_Zygmuntowicz.htm.

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Update on communicating science to the public through the performing arts

Brian Schwartz  

Update on Communicating Science to the Public through the Performing Arts Brian Schwartz The Graduate Center and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York bschwartz@gc.cuny.edu In this paper, we report on a very recent international conference at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The conference, held on October 29 and 30, 2010 was focused on the Communication of Science to the Public through the Performing Arts. See http://www.sciartconference2010.com/ The conference is based on over 10 years of experience in communicating science to the public through the arts at the Graduate Center under the program Science & the Arts. Each year for the past 10 years, approximately 10 Science & the Arts events were presented. Some programs were one-time events while others, such as the ones related to the play Copenhagen; the celebration of the International Year of Physics in 2005; and the programs associated with the performance of the opera Doctor Atomic by the Metropolitan Opera, were a curated series of performances, presentations and seminars. The conference has invited sessions on the following themes: (1) Science and Theatre; (2) Science and Dance; (3) Science and Music; (4) Science and Films, TV and Radio and (5) Science Festivals and Science Cafes.

The speakers and moderators at the conference include: Frank Burnet, Science Festivals: Cheltenham Science Festival and Other European Festival, http://frankburnet.com/about; Liliane Campos, Theatre: Literary Analysis of Science Plays, http://www.texte-et-critique-du-texte.paris-sorbonne.fr/annuaire/liliane_campos.htm; Jerry Carlson, Film: Film Criticism, http://cuny.tv/series/citycine/carlson.lasso; Marvin Carlson, Theatre: Literary Criticism, http:// web.gc.cuny.edu/theatre/faculty/index.html; Marco Cavaglià, Science Exhibits: Laser Interferometer Gravitational- wave Observatory (LIGO), http://www.aps.org/units/fed/newsletters/spring2010/cavaglia.cfm and http://www.ligo. caltech.edu/; Robert Clyman, Theatre: Science and Theatre from the Viewpoint of the Playwright, http://www.doollee. com/PlaywrightsC/clyman-robert.html; Dorian Devins, Science Cafes and Outreach: The Secret Science Club http://secretscienceclub.blogspot.com/ and http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-nnovations/stories/the-secret-scienceclub;John Durant, Science Festivals: Science Festivals in the US and Support by NSF Informal Science Program http://web.mit.edu/sts/people/durant.html; Stuart Firestein, Theatre: Scientist and Critic http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/ content/full/327/5962/146-a and http://www.columbia.edu/cu/biology/faculty-data/stuart-firestein/faculty.html; Alexis Gambis, Film: Imagine Science Film Festival, http://www.imaginesciencefilms.com/about/; Graeme Gillis, Theatre: Ensemble Studio Theatre /Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project, http://ensemblestudiotheatre.org/programs/estsloan-project/; Arthur Giron, Theatre: Science and Theatre from the Viewpoint of the Playwright http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsG/giron-arthur.html; Ira Hauptman; Theatre: Science and Theatre from the Viewpoint of the Playwright, http://www.playscripts.com/author.php3?authorid=408 and http://www.doollee.com/ PlaywrightsH/hauptman-ira.html; Roald Hoffmann; Science Cafes: Ten Years at the Cornelia Street Café, http://www. roaldhoffmann.com; Brian W. Holmes. Music: Understanding Musical Instruments: Composing "Updike's Science" http://www.thorpemusic.com/holmes02.html and http://www.classical-composers.org/comp/holmes_brian; Ken Laws: Dance: The Physics of Dance, http://physics.dickinson.edu:16080/~pod_web/; Jodi Lomask, Dance: Capacitor Dance Company, http://www.capacitor.org; Cassandra Medley, Theatre: Science and Theatre from the Viewpoint of the Playwright, http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsM/medley-cassandra.html; Ann G. Merchant, Film and TV: The Role of Science & Entertainment Exchange http://www.scienceandentertainmentexchange.org; Odd tOdd, Animation: Science Communication via Science Toons, http://www.oddtoddstudios.com; Sidney Perkowitz Film:
Author: Hollywood Science: Movies, Science and the End of the World, http://www.sidneyperkowitz.net; Nancy Rhodes, Music: A New Science Opera: The Theory of Everything, http://www.encompassopera.org; David P. Saltzberg; TV: Physics and the Making of "The Big Bang" TV Comedy Series, http://personnel.physics.ucla.edu/directory/faculty/ index.php?f_name=saltzberg and http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/cms/?pid=1000595; Elizabeth Streb, Dance: STREB Lab for Action Mechanic (SLAM), http://www.streb.org/; Thomas Warfield, Dance: Science the Universal Language of Movement, http://www.ntid.rit.edu/media/full_text.php?article_id=849; Benjamin Wolff, Music: Galileo’s Muse, http://galileosmuse.com/; Eva-Sabine Zehelein, Theatre: Literary Analysis of Science Plays, http://www.uni-frankfurt.de/fb/fb10/ieas/abteilungen/amerikanistik/lehrende/zehelein/index.html; Samuel Zygmuntowicz, Music: The Making and Science of String Instruments http://artistled.com/Biographies/Samuel_Zygmuntowicz.htm.

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