Dystopian Visions and New Technologies – a conversation with Cory Doctorow and Misha Glenny – 2/2/16

Dystopian Visions and New Technologies – a conversation with Cory Doctorow and Misha Glenny, moderated by Kavita Philip

Date and Time: February 2, 2016 – 5:00 PM
Event Location: Donald Bren Hall 6011

Do new technologies of communication make us freer or more tightly controlled? How concerned should we be about the way the Internet can be used by surveillance states? These kinds of questions, which combine concerns explored in novels on Orwellian dystopias and in non-fiction works alike, will be addressed in this dialog. Moderated by UCI specialist in the history of technology Kavita Philip, the event will feature two acclaimed visiting authors: Cory Doctorow, whose books range from the young adult dystopian novel Little Brother to the recent non-fiction publications Information Doesn’t Want to be Free; and Misha Glenny, a journalist and historian whose publications include DarkMarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops, and You and the brand new Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio.

This event is presented by the Forum for the Academy and the Public, and is co-sponsered by the Humanities Commons, and Illuminations, with additional support from the Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator, the Newkirk Center for Science and Society, and the School of Information and Computer Sciences.

For more information : https://www.humanities.uci.edu/SOH/calendar/events.php?recid=5569&dept_code_val=all&event_cat=current&file_name=events

Newkirk Center co-sponsoring future Synthetic Biology exhibit, story covered by the LA Times

“The exhibition at the Beall Center is tentatively called “Traces of Vitality” and is scheduled to open Feb. 6, 2016. The centerpiece will be the winning applicant’s work of synthetic biology art.

The artist who is picked will come to the campus for a two-week residency this fall and work with scientists from UC Irvine’s Center for Complex Biological Systems to flesh out the artwork, then return on the eve of the exhibition to finish and install it.

Familian said that he and co-curator Jens Hauser will pick other works of synthetic biology art for the show, but will wait until it’s clear what the commissioned centerpiece will be before seeking other pieces to go with it.

Victoria Vesna, who heads the Art/Sci Center at UCLA, will join the curators and three UCI scientists or social scientists in picking the artist for the project. The winner will get up to $10,000 for travel and living expenses. The panel will consider two kinds of proposals – ones using living material, known as “wet” synthetic biology art, and ideas for “dry” art that use computers to simulate genetic mutations.”

To read the full LA Times article, click here.