IFF Directors TaLks 2011

This page announces the events where IFF Director Margaret Wertheim, and IFF Co-Director Christine Wertheim will be speaking about IFF subjects and projects during 2011.

Caltech - The Skeptics Society
Pasadena, CA - Sunday, December 11, 2011 @ 2:00 pm
At the Skeptic Society at Caltech Margaret Wertheim will discuss her her new book Physics on the Fringe and the thorny subject of scientific "outsiders". Book signing will follow the lecture.

Los Angeles Public Library - ALOUD
Los Angeles, CA - Monday, November 21, 2011 @ 7:00 pm
Physics on the Fringe: A conversation with James Carter

In this unique event at the ALOUD series at the LA Public Library, Margaret Wertheim will engage in a conversation about her new book, Physics on the Fringe, with its idiosyncratic hero James Carter, the Einstein of "outsider science." Book signing will follow with Wertheim and Carter.

Stevens Institute of technology - Center for Science Writings
Hoboken, NJ - Wednesday, November 16, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

Margaret Wertheim will discuss her new book, Physics on the Fringe: Smoke Rings, Circlons and Alternative Theories of the Universe, a groundbreaking work about outsider physics: and the role of imagination in theoretical physics.

Santa Monica College
Santa Monica, CA - Tuesday, November 8, 2011 @ 11:00 am
Physics on the Fringe

Margaret Wertheim will discuss her work as a science writer with students of Santa Monica College and surrounding community. The talk will focus on her work on the cultural history of physics, including her new book Physics on the Fringe: Smoke Rings, Circlons and Alternative Theories of the Universe.

Rutgers University - Douglass Residential College
New Brunswick, NJ - Monday, November 14, 2011 @ 5:00 pm
A Life in Science
In honor of the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science and Engineering, IFF director Margaret Wertheim will present a keynote address about her life as a woman in science. Ms Wertheim will discuss her pioneering work as a science communicator over the past 30 years, culminating with the establishment of the Institute For Figuring as a new kind of venue for innovative, participatory programming about science and mathematics.

Center for Craft Creativity and Design
University of North Carolina Asheville - Friday, September 22, 2011 @ 7:00 pm
Woolly Wonder: A Yarn about Geometry, Craft, Global Warming, and Community Art Practice
In this dual presentation IFF director Margaret Wertheim and IFF Assistant Director Anna Mayer will discuss the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project. Margaret will focus on the scientific and mathematical dimensions of the project; Anna will focus on the community outreach and global Satellite Reef Program.

INSEARCH @ University of Technology, Sydney
The Haymarket, Sydney, Australia - Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 1:00 pm
Woolly Wonder: A Yarn about Geometry, Craft, Global Warming, and Community Art Practice
The first public lecture in Australia about the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project. Presented by Margaret Wertheim, followed by Q+A with Insearch audience and faculty.

The Autry Museum in Griffith Park
Los Angeles, CA - Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 2:00 pm
Woolly Wonder: A Yarn about Geometry, Craft, Global Warming, and Community Art Practice 
The Autry has awarded Margaret and Christine Wertheim the Theo Westenberger Grant for Women of Excellence. In honor of this, Margaret and Christine will discuss the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project and its interweaving of environmental issues, mathematics, and handicraft.

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin - Thursday, March 31, 2011
In a lecture sponsored by the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, the Department of Design Studies, and the Arts Institute’s Year of the Arts, Margaret will explore the natural synergies between the arts and sciences.

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
Washington DC - Saturday, March 12, 2011 @ 4:30 pm
Margaret is joined by CORAL (Coral Reef Alliance) Director Rick MacPherson, as well as members of the Luther Place and N St Village Community in a panel discussion entitled, Stories from the Reef: Raising Awareness Through Community Projects.

Art as a Way of Knowing, a conference organized by the Exploratorium and sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation
San Francisco, CA - March 4, 2011
Margaret, with Edith Ackermann, Dominic Willsdon, and Alva Noë, will take part in a session on art and learning focusing on recent research of cognitive scientists and educational practitioners whose work explores the way art and aesthetics encompass modes of human perception and creativity essential to achieving a wholeness and depth in learning.