Bridges Lectures Series - Movement within Art and Math - November 21, 2018

St. Jerome's University
Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM EST 

Event Details

Arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy were at one time linked under the umbrella of “the liberal arts.” However, recent decades have seen the increasing separation of these fields. As university programs become more specialized, the gap widens and the respective approaches and lexicons of Arts, Science, and Mathematics grow increasingly distant. The Bridges Lecture Series aims to rediscover points of affinity among academic disciplines.

The metaphor of the bridge captures the spirit of our endeavor: to bring these fields back into productive dialogue; to raise questions that are essential to scholars in Arts, Science, and Mathematics; and to provide specialists and non-specialists alike with compelling and enriching information that uncovers the possibilities and opportunities that exist on the bridge between disciplines. Our guiding goal is to coax audiences out of their intellectual comfort zones, and to transcend narrow discipline-specific avenues of academic inquiry.


In past seasons, the Bridges Lecture Series has hosted scholars of Architecture, English, Fine Arts, History, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, and Sociology in addition to Mathematicians. Last season we added scientists to the roster, and several of our upcoming lectures will feature teams of Arts- and Science-based speakers.


Lectures take place at the St. Jerome’s University Academic Centre in the 300-seat Vanstone Lecture Hall, with live streaming available on YouTube for those who cannot attend in person.


With the continued support of our partners, we look forward to providing you with another exciting season. We look forward to your participation at our second lecture of the 2018-19 series, taking place on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 and featuring Edward Burger and Victoria Star Varner.


Bridges Lecture Series Organizing Committee Members

Benoit Charbonneau            Alysia Kolentsis                Paul Craig

Movement within art and math and where it takes us

In all creative endeavors, we are inspired by the work of others to move the frontiers of our intellectual interests forward. Our experiences, in work and life alike, challenge us to grow and evolve. This process allows us to realize the quintessential goal of education: to change ourselves. In this presentation, Dr. Edward Burger (Mathematics) and Victoria Star Varner (Fine Arts) will not only share two such personal journeys – one within the world of art and the other within the world of mathematics – but also challenge the audience to find the bridges that connect these two different stories.  No art or math background is required and all ages are welcome. There will be several live demonstrations by both speakers, but only one equation will be shown (and it will not be solved… merely massaged)!


Do I need a ticket?

Our ticketing system will issue you a ticket that we require you to present (electronically/hard copy) before entering the lecture hall. When you register your participation using the "Tickets" system to the right, our event support staff use this information to arrange for reception food service and to help anticipate seating  requirements.  When registrations exceed available seats we will begin a waiting list for this event and will notify you of other seating/viewing options.

Your registration in advance of each lecture is greatly appreciated.


Watch for more information about our lectures coming in 2019!


The Bridges Lecture Series organizers gratefully acknowledge the ongoing support of our partners:

St. Jerome's University
University of Waterloo, Faculty of Arts
University of Waterloo, Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo, Faculty of Science
Fields Institute


Chris Eliasmith (Neuroscience)
October 17, 2018
University of Waterloo
Paul Thagard (Philosophy/Cognitive Science)
October 17, 2018
University of Waterloo
Edward Burger (Mathematics)
November 21, 2018
President, Southwestern University, Georgetown
Victoria Star Varner (Fine Arts)
November 21, 2018
Southwestern University, Georgetown


St. Jerome's University
290 Westmount Road North Waterloo, ON N2L 3G5 CA


Movement - November 21, 2018

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