Historian Eileen Reeves, whose work has been hailed by fellow scholars as “magisterial” and “impressively erudite,” gives a talk exploring the intersection of art, science and health in Renaissance Europe. A professor of comparative literature at Princeton University, Reeves has long researched Galileo Galilei and his relationship with astronomy, religion, optics, art and a range of literary forms. A small reception will follow the lecture. Room 108, Annmary Brown Memorial, 21 Brown Street.
In this talk, media and cultural studies scholar Roberto Simanowski will discuss the symbolic value of “1984” and its links to the ongoing turn from verbal to visual communication. He argues forcefully that the television screen is the sibling of the surveillance camera, demonstrating why the dystopian future we fear will look more like “Brave New World” and less like “1984.” Room 305, Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting Street.
Chris Kraus, author of “I Love Dick,” “Aliens and Anorexia” and other novels, reads from her work as part of the Department of Literary Arts’ Writers On Writing Reading Series. Kraus is often considered “one of the most subversive voices in American fiction” (Index). McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street.
Can art today bring about the catalytic social change that it has in the past? Gathering in various threads — art history, technical innovation, race, photography, the story of America and a deeply personal narrative — cultural academic and author Sarah Lewis celebrates individual artists and makes a case for art as a lever to social justice and cultural transformation. Room 305, Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting Street.
For decades, human activities and decisions have been supported by algorithms — but in recent years, those algorithms have moved from supporting characters to stars of the show, often put in control of potentially life-changing decisions. In a talk, Hannah Fry explores our relationships with algorithms, the responsibilities we give them and the impact they could have on our societies — from the good to the bad to the downright ugly. Starr Auditorium, MacMillan Hall, 167 Thayer Street.
Starr Auditorium, MacMillan Hall, 167 Thayer Street
The intergenerational, multicultural performance company Everett debuts its new work, “Good Grief,” featuring composer and Brown music professor Todd Winkler. The multimedia performance was inspired by the stories of Providence middle school students suffering from trauma. RSVP required. Studio 1, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street.