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LaseAnthony Aguirre, Brett Hall, Rachel Nelson, and Susana Ruiz

Leonardo Art & Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) is an international program bringing together artists, scientists, and scholars for presentations and conversations.

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Event Series Event Series: Laser Talks

May 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

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LASER talks are a program of the Leonardo International Society for Art, Science, and Technology (ISAST). Join us at 6:30 for a reception followed at 7 p.m. with presentations by theoretical cosmologist Anthony Aguirre, botanist Brett Hall, curator Rachel Nelson,and artist Susana Ruiz in Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108.

Anthony Aguirre, “Wandering, Wondering, and Physics”
Brett Hall, “Adventures in the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum’s Native Plant Program”
Rachel Nelson, “Visual Pedagogies: Teaching Race and the Prison Industrial Complex in the U.S.”
Susana Ruiz, “Experiments in Game-Based Pedagogy: Playful Approaches to Media Theory, Production, and Activism”

This event is FREE and open to the public. Metered parking is available in the Performing Arts Lot adjacent to Digital Arts Research Center. For additional information and disability or access needs please contact

About the speakers

Anthony Aguirre

Anthony Aguirre is a theoretical cosmologist and associate professor in Physics at UC Santa Cruz, His wide range of research interests including black holes, foundations of physics, information theory, and artificial intelligence. He is a founder and co-director of the Foundational Questions Institute and of the Future of Life Institute. He has just completed his first book, Cosmological Koans (released May 21).

Brett Hall

Brett Hall is California Native Plant Program Director at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Along with students and enthusiastic members of the community, Hall is developing a large California Conservation Garden featuring common and rare native plant communities, developing a seed bank for research and educational use, and, all the while, exploring the wild lands which are the essence and driver of the Arboretum’s native plant gardens and programs.

Rachel Nelson

Rachel Nelson, PhD is curator of the Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS) and lecturer in History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Currently, Nelson is curating a traveling exhibition, Barring Freedom, engaging art and the prison industrial complex. She has published exhibition catalogue essays, journal articles and reviews, including in NKA, Third Text, Savvy, and African Arts.

Susana Ruiz

Susana Ruiz is an artist and assistant professor in Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz whose work traverses the intersections of cinema, games, art, ethics and activism. Her teaching and research are broadly concerned with how the intersection of art practice, design, computation, and storytelling can enable emergent forms of social justice, aesthetics, and learning.


May 21, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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