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Poetry-Science Café

2018-09-19 19:00:00 2018-09-19 20:00:00 America/New_York Poetry-Science Café Natural History Museum of Utah, Swaner Forum, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

Wednesday, September 19
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2018-09-19 19:00:00 2018-09-19 20:00:00 America/New_York Poetry-Science Café The City Library and NHMU have paired scientists and poets together to explore different topics. Savor the unique pairing these experts have prepared in an informal, interactive café-style setting. Natural History Museum of Utah, Swaner Forum, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

The City Library and NHMU have paired scientists and poets together to explore different topics. Savor the unique pairing these experts have prepared in an informal, interactive café-style setting.

Experts will dish out their take on a topic, scientific and poetic, as a pair in 20 minutes or less. After both pairs have presented, all experts will take the stage and engage the audience in a lively group discussion and Q&A.

The Poetry-Science Cafe is a part of Field Work: Aligning Poetry & Science, a multi-city hybrid art and science program aimed at fostering STEM learning through poetry. Under this unique project, Poets House, the 70,000-volume national poetry library in New York City, will work with Salt Lake City Public Library and the Natural History Museum of Utah as well as other institutions across the nation to engage broad audiences in a range of interactive programs that "humanize" the language of science through multiple collaborative language arts experiments.

September Scientists & Poets
Randy Irmis, Paleontologist, NHMU & Michael Sowder, Poet, Utah State University
Shannon Arnold Boomgarden, Archaeologist, NHMU & Paisley Rekdal, Utah Poet Laureate

Scientist & Poet Bios
Dr. Shannon Arnold Boomgarden is the Assistant Director of the Range Creek Field Station and Director of the Department of Anthropology’s Archaeological Field School. Dr. Boomgarden began working in archaeology nearly two decades ago and has been involved in Range Creek since the early 2000s.

Paisley Rekdal is the author of five books of poetry and three works of nonfiction. Her work has received the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, a Fullbright Fellowship, and various state arts council awards. She teaches at the University of Utah and is Utah's Poet Laureate. 

Randy Irmis is the Natural History Museum of Utah's Chief Curator, and Curator of Paleontology. His research asks how vertebrate animals living on land evolved through deep time, particularly in response to climate change and other events. He has been recognized with many academic awards and honors throughout his career. 

Michael Sowder is a Professor of English and Religious Studies at Utah State University. His writing explores themes of wilderness, fatherhood, Buddhism, yoga, and spirituality. His work has appeared in American Life in Poetry, Five Points, Shumhala Sun, Lion's Roar, Green Mountains Review, The New York Times Online, and more.

AGE GROUP:   Adults  

EVENT TYPE:   Performances & Presentations   Arts & Creativity  

TAGS:   science   poetry-science cafe   poetry   cafe  

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About the library

Salt Lake City's Main Library, designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie (see related titles in our catalog) in conjunction with VCBO Architecture, opened in February 2003 and remains one of the most architecturally unique structures in Utah. This striking 240,000 square-foot structure houses more than 500,000 books and other materials, yet serves as more than just a repository of books and computers. It reflects and engages the city's imagination and aspirations. The six-story curving, walkable wall embraces the public plaza, with shops and services at ground level, reading galleries above, and a 300-seat auditorium. A multi-level reading area along the glass lens at the southern facade of the building looks out onto the plaza with stunning views of the city and Wasatch Mountains beyond. A roof-top garden, accessible by walking the crescent wall or the elevators, offers a 360 degree view of the Salt Lake Valley. Spiraling fireplaces on four floors resemble a column of flame from the vantage of 200 East and 400 South. The Urban Room between the library and the crescent wall is a space for all seasons, generously endowed with daylight and open to magnificent views.

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Tinker Lab
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