2018 Annual Arthur M. Sackler Lecture presented by David Skorton

Event Details

End: March 13, 2018
Contact: ben@cs.umd.edu
More Info: https://branches_from_the_same_tree.eventbrite.com

Tuesday March 13, 2018, 6pm 

Evening Keynote:  David Skorton, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution       

Branches from the Same Tree


The nature of work is changing rapidly in the digital age, increasing the demand for specific skills in particular disciplines. At the same time, the United States must not become a nation of specialists who cannot speak one another’s language, especially since changes in individuals’ jobs and even careers will increasingly be the norm. The sciences and the arts, as Albert Einstein said, are “branches from the same tree.” David Skorton, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, will argue that there is enormous value – for individuals, organizations, and society – in promoting broad educational experiences that integrate the STEM disciplines with the arts and the humanities.

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The Keynote is part of the 2-day National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium on Creativity and Collaboration: Revisiting Cybernetic Serendipity, which will be in Washington, DC at the beautiful old building of the National Academy of Sciences on the mall during March 13-14, 2018:



Our ambition is to redirect the history of ideas, restoring the Leonardo-like close linkage between art/design and science/engineering. We believe that internet-enabled collaborations can make more people more creative more of the time.