Today: Third LASER Talk of the year welcomes James Elkins of Art Institute of Chicago

The third LASER Talk of the academic year will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 6-8 p.m. in University Hall Room 170. Leaders in the fields of science and art, panelists Dr. James Elkins, Dr. Kelli Braun and Brian Rust will discuss a number of topics ranging from art history to the use of low-fidelity simulation models for minimally invasive surgery.


 James Elkins PhD-Art- Science Interactions: A Survey

James Elkins is the E.C. Chadbourne Chair of art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His writing focuses on the history and theory of images in art, science, and nature. Elkins has penned several books on fine art (What Painting Is, Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles?), non-art images, writing systems, archaeology (The Domain of Images, On Pictures and the Words That Fail Them) and natural history (How to Use Your Eyes).

Kelli Braun MD, FACOG- Low Fidelity Simulation Models

Kelli Braun is the associate dean for Admissions at the Medical College of Georgia. Her clinical interests include minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including total laparoscopic hysterectomy as well as gynecologic office procedures.

Brian Rust MFA-Physical Metaphor: Working with Natural Materials in a Digital World

Brian Rust is a sculptor of large-scale sculpture and temporary installations who works extensively with drawing and collage. Rust has had works featured in Eco-Art, 2014 at the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary in Lexington, Kentucky and Sculptural Photographs, 2016 on display at the Melvin Johnson Sculptural Gardens at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, New York, where he has taught for the past two summers in the Visual Arts program.
The Department of Art presents LASER Talks as an affiliate member of Leonardo/the International Society for Arts Sciences and Technology. Each talk is hosted collaboratively by a different college within the university.

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