The Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) is an international program of evening gatherings that brings together artists, scientists, and scholars for informal presentations and conversations.

A program of the Leonardo International Society for Art, Science, and Technology (ISAST), the goal of the series is to feature compelling new developments in the arts and sciences, and to attract audiences that would not normally be found at the same event.

On Wednesday, February 19, the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at UC Santa Cruz will bring its local LASER—now in its seventh year of quarterly talks on campus—downtown for a special evening at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz, beginning at 7 p.m.

The event will include presentations by four UC Santa Cruz professors: biomolecular engineer David Haussler (“The Challenge of Understanding Human Brain Evolution”), award-winning author and literature professor Karen Tei Yamashita, (“KonMarimasu”), paleontologist and geochemist Paul Koch (“Ancient human impacts on large animal communities”), and anthropologist Nidhi Mahajan (“Silences and Specters of the Indian Ocean”).

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