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The Institute for Visual studies hosts three colloquia during the Fall semester, and three colloquia during the Spring semester.

COLLOQUIUM I: Seeing Evolutionary Change: Nature seen through the Lenses of Art and Biology

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SPEAKER: Dr. Idelle Cooper, Biology
DATE:  September 19
TIME:  NOON
LOCATION: IVS, Roop 208

Dr. Idelle Cooper (Biology) will discuss her research on variation in color and shape in the biological world (particularly in insects), and how such research can be informed by an artistic viewpoint. She will also consider how the processes of identifying patterns and conveying discoveries may be shared between the fields of art and science.

COLLOQUIUM II: Identity, Ethics and Volunteerism with Endangered Species

SPEAKER: Jennifer Byrne, Political Science
DATE:  October 17
TIME:  NOON
LOCATION:  IVS, Roop 208

Humans are currently reevaluating their relationship and treatment of non-human animals. This includes legal challenges to give certain species personhood, major shifts in the use of animals as entertainment, and a halt to medical testing on specific species. Dr. Byrne examines what motivates people to conserve endangered species and the ethical principles they use to guide their interactions.

COLLOQUIUM III: Creating a Visual Model of Human Knowledge

SPEAKER: Gregg Henriques, Psychology
DATE: November 14
TIME: NOON
LOCATION:
Roop 208

Dr. Gregg Henriques (Psychology) will discuss a visual platform he has developed to convey the concepts of a new scientific humanistic philosophy, which offers a framework for the integration of human knowledge. After presenting the "Garden of UTUA," he will highlight some of its key features and seek reactions and feedback.

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