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The Sixth Annual Life Sciences & Society Symposium 
will focus on the provocative new work arising from intersections between the life sciences and art. The conference will highlight emerging areas of research and practice across and between disciplines, examining biological contexts of our response to art and aesthetic contexts of our response to scientific visualizations, as well as the twenty-first century art that has found inspiration at their convergence. In the process, the talks will inquire into the relationship between artistic and scientific invention.

The symposium will take place on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.  It is free and open to the university community and the public and is designed to encourage dialogue across methodologies and backgrounds.

Life Sciences and Society Symposium

Symposium Information

Affiliated Events

Pat Martino Visit

  • Documentary with Q & A;
  • A Conversation with
    Pat Martino;
  • Pat Martino Quartet Featuring Eric Alexander & Tony Monaco

Museum of Art & Archeology Exhibit
Connecting with Contemporary Sculpture

  • January 30 - March 16, 2010

Museum of Art & Archeology
Film Series will show

dir. Godfrey Reggio

  • Friday, February 19, 7pm
  • Pickard Auditorium, Museum of Art & Archeology
Ragtag Film
Eadweard Muybridge Zoopraxographer,
dir. Thom Andersen
  • with discussion led by Professor Nancy West, MU English Department and Film Studies
  • Mon, February 22, 7:00 pm

University of Missouri-Columbia Ellis Library Exhibit
Anatomical Illustration: Art Informing Science: 1543 – 1950

The exhibit will run March 3- March 26, and will include books, prints and artifacts from Special Collections and Rare Books, the MU Health Sciences Library Rare Book Room, the University Archives, and the MU Veterinary Medical Library.

Opening lecture entitled: “Art and Human Nature”
by Professor Carsten Strathausen
Chair, MU Department of German & Russian Studies

  • Thurs. March 4, 2:00pm
  • Ellis Library Colonnade

Mizzou ADVANCE Interactive Theatre Troupe presents
A Knock at the Door

  • March 9, 2-3 pm
  • Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center

Lecture by Joseph Carroll University of Missouri, St. Louis
“The Historical Position of Literary Darwinism.”

  • Tuesday, March 9, 3:30 pm
  • Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center

Jointly sponsored by

  • the MU English Department Lecture Series
  • the MU Biological Sciences Seminar Series,
  • the Life Sciences & Society Program

Words and Music: A Discussion with Daniel Levitin and Tim Page

  • Friday, March 12, 2:00-3:30 pm
  • Fred W. Smith Forum,  School of Journalism
Jointly sponsored by
  • the Smith/Patterson Lecture Series, School of Journalism
  • the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurological Disorders
  • the Life Sciences & Society Program

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or Karla Carter at

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