Brainstorming: An Interdisciplinary Panel Featuring Wellesley Faculty
Have you ever wondered what a mind actually is? Or whether it is distinct from a brain? Or about how a mind communicates with a body? Or whether we could—or should—artificially create a mind?
This event is a cross-disciplinary conversation about historical and contemporary attempts to answer these questions. Panelists from four disciplines will give short presentations touching on the questions as they relate to their areas of expertise. A discussion, with the aim of making chronological and conceptual connections from the early modern period to today, will follow.
Panelists: Julie Walsh (philosophy); Rebecca Summerhays (writing program); Catherine Wearing (philosophy); Eni Mustafaraj and Peter Mawhorter (computer science); and Mike Wiest (neuroscience). Moderator: Eve Zimmerman, director of the Newhouse Center.
Apr 14, 2–6 PM
Mar 17, 4:30–6 PMThe Legacy of Whiteness in Multiracial Ireland and Irish America
Are immigrants as welcome in Ireland as citizens claim? Newhouse Fellow Sarah Townsend unearths the secret history of Irish-American assimilation that haunts race relations in Ireland today.Event Date:Tuesday, March 17, 2020 -4:30pm to 6:00pm
Mar 3, 3:45 PM, Mar 4, 12:45 PMGods and Robots: Myths and Ancient Dreams of Technology
Who first imagined robots? This talk explores how some of today’s most advanced innovations in robotics and artificial intelligence were foreshadowed in classical antiquity.Event Date:Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 3:45pmEvent Date:Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 12:45pm
Apr 14, 4 PMThe Betsy Wood Knapp ’64 Lecture
Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, and Megan Núñez discuss racial relations in the U.S. and how to facilitate conversations about race and inclusion among young people.Event Date:Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 4:00pm