RISD's STEM to STEAM, in the morning

RISD President John Maeda has championed a shift from STEM to STEAM, adding "Art" to the "Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)" drive animating American education and economic development these days.

Maeda's push is, among other things, a bid to recognize the importance of design in our economy (the iPod is as much a triumph of design, after all, as it is a triumph of technology)

Well, starting Friday, RISD will partner with the TED-like CreativeMornings, which delivers on-line morning lectures for creative types, to curate a series on the intersection of arts and technology. First up - a talk by Jonathan Harris in New York. Here's a bit from the bio on his web site:

Jonathan Harris (b. Aug 27, 1979) makes projects that reimagine how humans relate to technology and to each other.

Combining elements of computer science, anthropology, visual art and storytelling, his projects range from building the world’s largest time capsule (with Yahoo!) to documenting an Alaskan Eskimo whale hunt on the Arctic Ocean (with a warm hat).

He is the co-creator of We Feel Fine, which continuously measures the emotional temperature of the human world through large-scale blog analysis, and has made other projects about online dating, modern mythology, happiness, anonymity, news, and language. His latest project is Cowbird, a community of storytellers working to build a public library of human experience.

Harris's work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and he's lectured at TED and "at least two hippy forest gatherings."

CreativeMornings has chapters all over the country. And there is  a "pop up" Providence chapter of CreativeMornings, focused on the art + tech intersection, scheduled for June 8 at 8:30 am. The event, at the Carolyn Mayer Beug Foundation Studies Studio (in the RISD Chace Center, 20 North Main Street, 5th Floor, is free and open to the public. RSVP at the CreativeMornings web site. 


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