The Plasmodium Symposium

The Plasmodium Symposium

Join us for an afternoon art/science extravaganza featuring students, staff, faculty, and guest artists as we unpack issues such as collaborating across disciplinary *and* species divides, how art and science matter to each other, and what we've learned from slime mold!

Below is an initial outline

for the afternoon, culminating in a gallery 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

After an initial introduction to the project by Amy Halliday, Megan Dobro discusses how big interdisciplinary projects and out-of-the-box thinking offer exciting opportunities for collaboration, experiential learning, and challenging disciplinary assumptions. From the grand ideas to the small details, Megan will share what we learned and how you as a faculty or staff member can integrate this into your own teaching and learning.

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.


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

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893 West Street, 01002
02 March , Friday 14:00