Cultures, Disparities, Societies

UC San Diego Free Public Lecture Series Winter 2015

“Understanding and Engaging Human Imagination”

What does it mean to be free? Why is freedom important? How do moral and political freedom relate to freedom in the physical world? These are ancient and constantly recurring questions. Philosophers in ancient Greece argued that freedom is preferable to slavery, while existentialists in the twentieth century have lamented that freedom is a heavy burden. What are we to make of the scientist’s claim that our minds are simply matter in motion, or the anthropologist’s assertion that inequality makes some people less free than others?

The Division of Arts & Humanities presents a lecture with Visual Arts Professor Sheldon Brown, the MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair of Digital Media and Learning and the Founding Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. Brown's talk will be centered on understanding and engaging human imagination. He has been exploring the ways in which developments in computation re-frame our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Brown presents a wide interdisciplinary approach to asking questions about what the phenomena of imagination might be and how they might be furthered through new means of understanding.

25 February 2015 // 7PM
UC San Diego / Great Hall of International House,
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093

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Event presented by the Division of Arts and Humanities, UC San Diego

Co-Sponsors: Chancellor’s Office, UCSD Alumni, Division of Physical Sciences, Division of Social Sciences, Extended Studies, and Eleanor Roosevelt College

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