In medieval Europe, when cartography was more a religious practice than a scientific one, mapmakers filled their worlds with fabulous monsters and marvels to educate and entertain viewers – and they still amuse audiences today. Among the delightful dragons, manticores and unicorns, though, these mapmakers tucked in images of human monsters that were presented as accurate representations of real groups of people. In so doing, they were among the thinkers that created the underpinnings for the Enlightenment’s pseudo-science of race – and of its concomitant racism – that still haunt our modern world. This talk will explore the intersections between medieval maps, concepts of race and of the process of writing the histories of these subjects.
Magatte Wade is a serial entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and visionary business leader with a passion for creating positive change in Africa. She is the founder and CEO of SkinIsSkin.com and is dedicatedto reducing racial discrimination while creating jobs and prosperity in her home country of Senegal. She is an entrepreneur who believes thatfree marketsand economic freedom is the pathway for Africa to leapfrog ahead, with Africans taking the uncontested leading role in the co-creation of 21st century prosperity for all, innovation, culture and technology.
2:00 pm - Doors open 2:10 pm - Introduce and begin playing pre-talk music while attendees continue to enter
2:30 pm - Daniel Asia introduces Voices of Culture program, topic of the talk, and featured musical piece 2:35 pm - Featured musical piece by Duo Chinoiserie
2:40 pm - Daniel Asia introduces Speaker
2:45 pm - Speaker presentation
3:30 pm - Q&A moderated by Daniel Asia
3:45 pm - Closing remarks and music
Jay Nordlinger is a senior editor of National Review, the biweekly magazine of politics and culture. He is also the music critic of The New Criterion, the monthly arts-and-letters journal. He hosts two podcasts: an interview show, “Q&A,” and a music podcast, “Music for a While.” Among his books is a history of the Nobel Peace Prize. He grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and for many years has lived in New York.
Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist who has done most of his work on quantum gravity. He has co-founded a number of approaches including loop quantum gravity and relative locality. He has broad interests and has contributed new ideas to cosmology and the foundations of quantum mechanics. Dr. Smolin is a founding member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, an independent, resident-based research institute devoted to foundational issues in theoretical physics at the highest levels of international excellence. He was formerly a professor at Yale, Syracuse, and Penn State Universities, and held postdoctoral positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara and the Enrico Fermi Institute, the University of Chicago. He has been a visiting professor at Imperial College London and has held various visiting positions at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and the Universities of Rome and Trento, and SISSA, in Italy. He is the recipient of the 2016 PROSE award in the Cosmology and Astronomy Category, given by the Association of American Publishers, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, awarded in 2013, and the Majorana Prize awarded in 2007. Dr. Smolin was named one of "100 world thinkers" by Prospect Magazine in 2015. He is the author of 5 semi-popular books that explore the philosophical ramifications of the big open questions in physics, plus co-authoring a book with Roberto Mangabeira Unger. These include Einstein's Unfinished Revolution: The Search for What Lies Beyond the Quantum (2019) and Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe (2013). Born in New York City, Dr. Smolin is a high school drop out, a graduate of Hampshire College, earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University, and enjoys messing around in boats.
4:40 pm – Musical prelude by Tim Kantor & Fanya Lin
5:00 pm – Introductions
5:10 pm – Talk begins
5:45 pm – Q&A
6:00 pm – Closing music
Dr. Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, space artist, and astronaut. She was the mission pilot for the Inspiration4 all-civilian orbital mission to space. She is also one of The Explorer’s Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World. Her motto is called Space2inspire where she encourages people to use their unique, one-of-a-kind strengths, and passion to inspire those within their reach and beyond. She believes that we need to actively strive for a J.E.D.I. space: a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space as we advance human spaceflight.
Joseph Epstein is an American writer and the author of thirty-one books. His essays have been included in the annual editions of The Best American Essays. Mr. Epstein taught writing and literature for thirty years at Northwestern University, was the editor of The American Scholar between 1974 and 1997, and was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2003 by President George W. Bush and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Epstein also has been a regular contributor to Commentary, The New Yorker, Harper's, The New Republic, New York Review of Books and The National Standard. His most recent publication is called Gallimaufry: A Collection of Essays, Reviews, Bits (2020).
A special musical performance from a member of the Fred Fox School of Music faculty will air at 4:40pm prior to the talk!
Professor Pamela Nguyen Corey is Faculty Member in Arts at Fulbright University Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. She researches and teaches modern and contemporary art history, with a focus on Southeast Asia within broader transnational Asian and global contexts. Over the last two decades, contemporary Vietnamese artists have engaged with difficult topics both nationally and as a diaspora population. These include transcolonial narratives, competing nationalisms, wartime trauma and diasporic migration, and contested historiographies of the US-Vietnam War. Reimagining Vietnam: Contemporary Art and Historical Difficulty explores several artworks that demonstrate what’s at stake in the work of constructing history, and how such difficult topics have found voice and form through contemporary art.
• Kimo Williams,Symphony For The Sons of Nam(1990)
Remembering the past can provide images that a composer can best express through music. WithSymphony For the Sons of Nam, the composer has formed musical interpretations which reflect his experience as a soldier in Viet Nam.
•Haydn,Missa in Tempore Belli–"Mass in Time of War.”Leonard Bernstein, Conductor (1973)
• Biển Nhớ ("Sea of Memories")
Singer: Khánh Ly Song Writer: Trịnh Công Sơn
Cornel West is an American philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual, focused on the role of race, gender, and class in American society; he is a radical democrat and socialist.Robert George, an American legal scholar, political philosopher, and public intellectual, who serves as the sixth McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, is considered one of the country's leading conservative intellectuals.
They are friends and colleagues across their respective ideologies and beliefs. Their dialogues together are meant to send a joint message: arguing for free expression, civil discourse, and mutual respect. And, that our love for one another should not be reduced to or defined by our politics.
About the Lecture
On February 15th, the two of them will appear together at the Voices of Culture lecture series hosted jointly by The University of Arizona's Center for the Philosophy of Freedom and the American Culture & Ideas Initiative. A 20-minute musical performance will precede the talk! Please join us. At this terribly uncertain and divided time, the example set by these two great scholars, as reflected in their photo, above, is an urgent and important signal to all of us.
The Voices of Culture Lecture Series presents Li Zhao Schoolland. Schoolland, Director of External Relations Asia-Pacific at the Acton Institute, talks about her experience growing up in Communist China.
Li Zhao Schoolland survived 26 years through the horrors of Mao's regime in China. This motivated her to a lifetime of promoting freedom and liberty globally through the organization of Austrian economics and entrepreneurship conferences and summer camps over two decades in Eastern Europe, Asia/Pacific, and North Africa.
The Voices of Culture is a non-partisan, broad-based academic forum that values diversity of thought and background, openness and insight, and depth of understanding. It sees itself as the agora of American life and discourse, sponsoring lecture series', conferences, performances, and interdisciplinary collaborations in order to countenance good will and engender unifying ideas of inclusion and togetherness.
The Voices of Culture Lecture Series presents Magatte Wade.Magatte Wade is a serial entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and visionary business leader with a passion for creating positive change in Africa. She is dedicated to reducing racial discrimination while creating jobs and prosperity in her home country of Senegal.