The Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute supports collaborative research among Smith and Five College faculty, Smith students, and visiting scholars without regard to the traditional boundaries of departments, programs and academic divisions. Each year the institute supports long- and short-term projects that are proposed, planned and organized by members of the Smith College faculty.
Thursday, March 2, 5 p.m., Seelye 106
A Kahn lecture by Theoretical Physicist Boris Kayser
Neutrinos are everywhere. They are tiny parrticles of matter, like the ones of which we and all the everyday objects around us are made, but a billion times more abundant. This lecture, by pre-eminent neutrino physicist Boris Kayser, will introduce the neutrinos and describe their nature and exotic behavior. "If there were no neutrinos, the sun and stars would not shine," Kayser has said. "There would be no energy from the sun to keep us warm, no atoms more complicated than hydrogen, no carbon, no oxygen, no water, no us."
All invited; refreshments served.
Wednesday, March 8, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Body as Archive: Regarding the Persistent Essential Friction of Gesture, Attention and Memory
2017 Neilson Professor Bebe Miller, Professor of Dance at Ohio State University and founder of the Bebe Miller Company, will focus attention on human capacity for embodied reference and recall, and the choreographic potential in these dynamic vectors of perception.