IFF Directors TaLks 2012

This page announces the events where IFF Director Margaret Wertheim, IFF Co-Director Christine Wertheim, and IFF Assistant Director Anna Mayer, will be speaking about IFF subjects and projects during 2012.

Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, CA
Tues. September 25 @ 7:30pm
Reefs, Rubbish and Reason

At Harvey Mudd College this fall, the 2012 Nelson Speaker Series is organized under the rubric of "Art, Science and Technology: Between the Studio and the Lab." Margaret will present a talk about the Crochet Coral Reef Project and the IFF's work at the boundary of art, science, mathematics and ecology. Other speakers include Steven Kurtz, founder of the Critical Art Ensemble, and renowned electronic composer Carl Stone. Venue: Galileo Hall, HMC.
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University of Sydney
Thurs. September 6 @ 6–7:30pm
Not the Higgs Boson

In this talk for the Sydney Ideas series at the University of Sydney, Margaret will discuss the discovery of the Higgs boson within the context of physics on the fringe inside and outside the academy. The event will be hosted by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the Physics Department, University of Sydney. Venue: Eastern Auditorium. 
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Melbourne Writers Festival
Melbourne, Australia — Fri. August 31/Sat. Sept 1, 2012
In late August, Margaret will be traveling to the Melbourne Writers Festival to talk about Physics on the Fringe and the work of the IFF. The book, has just been released in Australia and the tour will include media appearances in Melbourne and Sydney.

Fri. Aug 31 @ 10am: Physics on the Fringe. A discussion with Wilson da Silva, editor-in-cheif, Cosmos magazine. At the ACMI in Federation Square.
Fri. Aug 31 @ 9pm: Friday Night Live. Margaret will be part of a Lettermanesque late-night talk-show hosted by comedian Libby Gore. Other guests include legendary feminist Germaine Greer. At BMW Edge, Federation Square.
Sat. Sept 1 @ 1pm: The Story of Science. Margaret will participate in a wide-ranging discussion about science at the Wheeler Center. Other panels include Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty and science journalist Elizabeth Finkel.

Australian Media Appearances:
Tues. Sept 4 @ 10pm: First Tuesday Book Club. Margaret will be a guest on the ABC-TV book program hosted by Jennifer Byrne. 
Thurs. Sept 6: Talk-back radio with Dr Karl. Margaret will appear on Karl Kruszelnicki's science radio show.

La Trobe University 
Melbourne, Australia — August 22, 2012
Christine will present a talk entitled Reefs, Rubbish and Reason: Community Arts in the 21st Century.
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Center For Inquiry Los Angeles
West Hollywood, LA — July 15, 2012 @ 11am
Physicists have discovered the Higgs Boson. Margaret be speaking about this momentous event in the context of Physics on the Fringe at the Center For Inquiry one of LA's leading venues for public discussion of science. The talk will be at 11am in the CFI's Hollywood location and repeated in Costa Mesa at 4:30pm. 
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Goldsmith's College
London — Friday June 15, 2012 @ 11am–1pm
At Goldsmith's College, Margaret will be part of a seminar entitled "Knotting in Common: A discussion about knowledge making, collective practice, and working with fibers in the age of the 'new aesthetic'." Margaret will be joined by women's studies scholar Katie King, from the University of Maryland.
Event website: http://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=5442

Museum Kunst der Westkust
Foehr, Germany — Saturday June 9, 2012
Margaret will present welcoming remarks at the opening of the latest Crochet Coral Reef exhibition on the island of Foehr in the North Sea. The exhibition will mark the inauguration of the Foehr Reef, the latest of the IFF's Satellite Reefs. 700 women in Germany and Denmark have contributed to the Foehr Reef.
Event website: http://www.mkdw.de/index.php?id=67&L=2&cHash=bf4fad8935

Museum of Contemporary Art - Feminism + Co
Denver — Friday May 4, 2012 @ 6pm
At the MCA Denver, Margaret will be part of the wonderful Feminism + Co series of discussions. The evening is entitled DIY Feminist Science. Here Margaret will be joined by Leah Beuchley, director of the MIT Tinkering Lab who is pioneering the intersection of electronics and craft. Margaret will discuss the Crochet Coral Reef project and its relationship to women's work, craft, and science. 
Feminism + Co website

USC Academy for Polymathic Study
Los Angeles — Tuesday April 10, 2012 @ 12–1:30pm
At USC's new Academy for Polymathic Study, Margaret will be in conversation with Professor Kevin Starr, talking about understanding the universe. The event is part of the Academy's "Homage to Hypatia and Hildegard" series.
Polymathic website 

G4GX — the Gathering 4 Gardiner 10
Atlanta, GA — Friday March 30, 2012
Margaret will be presenting at this year's G4G meeting, the renowned yearly celebration of recreational mathematics founded by Martin Gardner.
G4GX website

SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia,  NY  — Thursday March 29, 2012 @ 8:30pm

"Reefs, Rubbish and Reason": Christine Wertheim will be present a talk about the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef and its intersections with community art practice, environmentalism, and mathematics at the SUNY campus.
SUNY Fredonia website

Center For Inquiry West
Los Angeles — Sunday February 12, 2012 @ 11:30am
February 12th is Charles Darwin's birthday. This year, Margaret will speak in his honor by delivering a talk about the evolutionary development of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project.
CFI website

Birch Aquarium — Can Art Help Halt Earth's Trash Trauma
San Diego, CA — Monday February 6 @ 6pm
IFF Assistant Director Anna Mayer will participate in a conversation about environmental awareness surrounding the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project. Mayer will be joined by Dr. Nigella Hillgarth, executive director of Birch Aquarium and Miriam Goldstein, of Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
Birch Aquarium event website

TATE Modern — Topology Series 
London, UK —  Saturday January 21 @ 2:00–4:30pm
IFF Director Margaret Wertheim will be part of a wide-ranging discussion at the Tate Modern based around the theme "Spaces of Transformation". She will be joined by artist Ernesto Neto, physicist Luiz Alberto Oliveira and philosopher Eric Alliez. The event is part of a year-long series curated by artist Jean Matthee.
TATE Toplogy website

NYU Abu Dhabi Institute — Coral Reefs of the Gulf Conference
Abu Dhabi — January 17 @ 6:30–8:30pm
IFF Director Margaret Wertheim will present a Distinguished Lecture about the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project at the Coral Reefs of the Gulf Conference organized by NYU Abu Dhabi. 
Gulf Conference website

Museum Kunste de Westkuste 
Foehr, Germany — Friday January 13, 2012 @ 6pm
The island of Foehr and its surrounding community on the border of Germany and Denmark are crocheting a coral reef. To kick off Margaret will give a lecture about the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project. A workshop will be held on Saturday January 14 to begin the Foehr Reef.
Foehr Reef website

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