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New PhD Seminar Series Speakers Announced

Faculty members from across campus will participate in the “Whole-Brain Leadership for PhD Students” series

Transdisciplinary artist Dario Robleto explored connections between art and science through the PhD seminar series.Transdisciplinary artist Dario Robleto explored connections between art and science through the PhD seminar series.

To encourage Northwestern Engineering PhD students to broaden their horizons, Dean Julio M. Ottino announced a new seminar series, “Whole-Brain Leadership for PhD Students,” which brings in faculty from outside the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science for lunchtime talks.

“Reflecting on my own study, some of the most memorable and formative ideas were gained from talks and conversations with those outside of my field,” Ottino said.

Six speakers from disciplines ranging from theater to law to philosophy, are scheduled for talks during the 2018-19 academic year.

Seminars will take place:

Monday, January 28
Featuring Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Professor of Art Theory and Practice 
Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Monday, February 11
Featuring Joel Mokyr, Robert H. Strotz Professor of Economics
Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Monday, February 25 
Featuring Sandy Goldberg, Professor of Philosophy
Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Wednesday, April 17
Featuring Ken Alder, Professor of History and Milton H. Wilson Professor in the Humanities
Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Wednesday, May 1 
Featuring Shari Diamond, Howard J. Trienens Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology
Pritzker School of Law

Wednesday, May 22
Featuring Todd Rosenthal, Professor of Theatre
School of Communication

The series kicked off in October with a presentation by Ottino and Adrian Randolph, dean of the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, who talked about the relationship between art and science in their talk, “When Art, Technology, and Science Were One: Why They Split and How They Could Join Again.”

In November, transdisciplinary artist Dario Robleto discussed “The Art of Scientific Storytelling,” talking about the deep connections between art and science through his own creative research methods, narrative storytelling, and exploration of sound and sculpture. Last spring, Robleto worked in collaboration with Northwestern Engineering and the Block Museum of Art as part of the new Artist-at-Large Program through the Engineering + Art initiative.

The seminars take place in the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center’s ITW Classroom at 12 p.m., with lunch served starting at 11:45 a.m.