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October 13, 2016 /
Posted in: College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences /
CHICAGO — A NASA scientist who turns Mars Curiosity rover data
into art, the filmmaker of cerebral zombie flick “Pontypool,” and a discussion on
the ethics of voting will kick off the DePaul University Humanities Center’s
2016-17 season. The center fosters discussion and research in the arts and
humanities on campus and among the greater community. Events are free and open
to the public and will be held in the Student Center, Room 120, at 2250 N.
Sheffield Ave. on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus.
“One of the center’s themes this year is an investigation into the
relations among the humanities, arts and space sciences,” said Professor H.
Peter Steeves, director of the center. “We will feature NASA scientists, and
Chicago’s Beethoven and Bach ensemble will play rarely heard works for strings,
fortepiano and voice.
A NASA scientist and baroque quartet will appear during this
celebration of the red planet. The evening will begin with a screening of the
2015 movie “The Martian.” Following the film, Chicago’s Beethoven and Bach
Ensemble will perform works including “The Descent of Mars” from Jean Baptiste
Lully’s “Thésée” (1675), as well as music composed by lutenist Vicenzo Galilei, the father of ancient
astronomer Galileo. Lectures will address science fiction’s treatment of Mars,
as well as the melding of science and art in visualizing telemetry data from
the Mars Curiosity rover. The great “canal controversy” of the late-1800s,
which led to claims about Martian landscape, geography and culture, also will
be discussed. Martian treats will be provided to the first 100 audience members
in attendance. Guests include:
Source:H. Peter Steevespsteeves@depaul.edu