Friday March 2, 2018, 2-7pm, including a closing reception
2:00 – 2:15: The Plasmodium Consortium: An Origin Story (or ‘Only at Hampshire’: When Slime Mold become Visiting Scholars’) – Professor Megan Dobro and Gallery Director Amy Halliday
2:15 – 3:00: Molding minds: A Faculty Q&A
A range of professors who were involved in the project reflect on how it challenged their own disciplinary thinking and research, and how they plan to integrate their learning into curriculum design.
3:00 – 3:30: Networked Knowledge: Students Reflections
Students discuss how they collaborated with slime mold to engage with diverse areas of interest, from drug addiction to the metaphysics of a slime mold science fiction.
– BRIEF REFRESHMENT BREAK –
4.00 – 4:45: Keynote Address: Julia Buntaine (Alum, 06F), SciArt Center
Artist and SciArt Center founder Julia Buntaine addresses the state of art/science collaborations, how Hampshire’s non-human visiting scholars fit into that paradigm, and how they break the mold.
4:45 – 5.15: You Say You Want A Revolution – Jonathon Keats and the Plasmodium Consortium
Jonathon Keats reports on what has been learned from the plasmodial visiting scholars, and how it can be applied to policy decisions locally and globally. He also proposes new questions still to be addressed by P. polycephalum, and elicits suggestions from the audience. When possible, he models these questions live for the slime molds to address.
5:30: Opening remarks for Gallery reception
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
At Hampshire College, support comes from the School for Interdisciplinary Arts, the Culture, Brain, and Development (CBD) program, and Ethics and the Common Good (ECG) project, as well as MacArthur Faculty Development and Dr Lucy Faculty Research grants from the School of Natural Sciences.