宇宙之旅和群众艺术项目

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宇宙之旅是由来自耶鲁大学的Mary Evelyn Tucker和John Grim教授制作,一部获奖的纪录片和教育项目。融合了宇宙论、天文学、天体生物学、演化学,宇宙之旅以一种诗意和引人深思的视觉形式,娓娓道来从创世大爆炸至今的宇宙故事。宇宙之旅旨在使观众为孕育地球生命的宇宙历史感到惊叹,进而反思在面临气候变迁和环境铺害时,个体对于一切生命形态的责任。这部纪录片将于十月十日在创新楼的礼堂放映,并在放映前举行和制作者的问答环节。

在放映前,昆山杜克大学将迎来全球首演的群众艺术项目。由宇宙伦理和人工智能研究中心(Planetary Ethics and Artificial Intelligence Lab) 的学生研究员设计,并由大二学生Rudy Lu和Ryan Trombly筹划,这项艺术项目将回溯宇宙历史,并在昆山杜克大学的校园内以北斗七星的形式呈现从创世大爆炸至当代的七个阶段。

为了实现这项艺术项目,我们需要需要大约两百位学生拿着手机或其他的手电筒,以学生宿舍为起点,行经湖心亭和会议中心,最后抵达创新楼。本次游行象征着昆山杜克大学群体,与指向性的北斗和140亿年宇宙演化的一脉相承。在这个艺术项目中,八台相机和一台空拍机将会纪录北斗七星在昆山杜克校园内随着人流的形成过程。

The seven stars of the Big Dipper point towards Polaris 北斗七星指向北极星

北斗七星在中国文化和科学中有着极为重要的地位。北斗指向北极星,而北极星曾被认为是天绕行的极点。在中国神话中,北斗七星的拟人形象被称为斗母,是一位在道学传统中重要的女神。而在当代中国,北斗也是昆山杜克前校长刘经南博士的心血之作:中国GPS系统的名称。反映于历史、文化、神话、科学等领域,北斗依然持续为人类在宇宙无限的可能性里,指引了意义和方向。

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若想参与这个艺术项目,请线上登记,并在十月十日周四下午六点十五分带着你的手机或其他的手电筒到学生宿舍前集合。

Journey of the Universe Film and Mass Participation Art Project

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Journey of the Universe is an award-winning one hour documentary film and education project produced by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim from Yale University. Uniting cosmology, astronomy, astrobiology and evolutionary theory, It narrates the story of the universe from the Big Bang to the present day in a visual, poetic and evocative manner. The film seeks to give the viewer a sense of wonder at the cosmic history that has enabled life on earth to develop, and a sense of responsibility toward all forms of life in the face of environmental devastation and climate change. The film will be shown in the IB auditorium on Thursday October 10, starting at 7pm, and there will be a Q and A with the film-makers afterwards.

Preceding the film will be the first world-premiere mass participation art project at DKU. Designed by student researchers in the Planetary Ethics and Artificial Intelligence Lab (PETAL) of the Humanities Research Center, and led by DKU sophomores Rudy Lu and Ryan Trombly, the art work will trace seven stages of the story of the universe, from the Big Bang to the present day, in the form of the constellation of the Big Dipper mapped out on the inner campus of DKU.

For this art project to occur, we need approximately two hundred DKU students, with their phone or other flashlights to process through the campus of DKU from the Student Residence Hall, via the Water Pavilion and the Conference Center to the Innovation Building. The phone-light procession will symbolize the unity of the DKU community with the guiding presence of the Big Dipper and with the 14 billion years of cosmic evolution that have brought us together to this place. The art project will be filmed by eight cameras and a drone that will capture the formation of the Big Dipper constellation on the DKU campus.

The seven stars of the Big Dipper point towards Polaris

The Big Dipper, known in Chinese as the seven stars of the northern dipper (Beidou qixing 北斗七星has great significance in Chinese culture and science. Beidou points towards Polaris, the northern point around which the heavens were thought to rotate. In Chinese mythology, the personification of the dipper is known as Doumu 斗姆, or Mother of the Dipper, an important goddess in Daoist religion. In modern China, Beidou is the name of the Chinese GPS system that was the life’s work of former DKU Chancellor Liu Jingnan. Through history, culture, mythology and science Beidou continues to provide orientation and meaning for human beings within a universe of immense possibility.

To participate in the art project, register online, and bring your phone or other flashlight to the student residence halls at 615pm on Thursday, October 10.

 

On Speculation: A Seminar with Ranjana Khanna

by Sinan Farooqui

Facedown in the sand. The waves crashing relentlessly. The red t-shirt. Small, lifeless. Most of us are familiar with the image of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year old Syrian child whose body washed up in Turkey after the refugee boat he was in capsized. The unforgettable image of Aylan on the beach resulted in a record number of donations to charitable organizations aiding refugees and greater awareness for the crisis at hand. It is this crisis, the notion of death and speculation, and the value of such images which was discussed in the latest in the series of colloquia hosted by the DKU Humanities Research Center. Continue reading “On Speculation: A Seminar with Ranjana Khanna”

India-China Talk Series: April 11-12, 2019

An Indian Town’s Entry into World War II: Ramgarh as the Chinese Expeditionary Force Training Center, Italian PoW Camp, and Indian Nationalist Movement Hub

CAO Yin, Associate Professor, Tsinghua University

Thursday April 11, 5.30pm-6.45pm in AB1079

India-China Discourse: The Knowledge Gap

Tansen Sen, Director, Center for Global Asia, and Professor, NYU-Shanghai

Friday April 12, 5.30pm-6.45pm, AB1079 Continue reading “India-China Talk Series: April 11-12, 2019”

Imran Khan: Carving a Creative Pathway in the Corporate World

By Hajra Farooqui

College students around the world constantly face an enormous dilemma: How does one choose a field of study that guarantees sustained intellectual stimulation, is applicable to the daily functioning of the real world, can offer financial support and can keep our indecisive moving selves rationally happy in the long term? The truth is, this is not an easy question, and is one with many answers. To help students think through these questions the Humanities Research Center joined with Duke Kunshan Careers Services to invite Imran Khan to present at the Humanities Career Forum. Continue reading “Imran Khan: Carving a Creative Pathway in the Corporate World”

当历史的车轮碾过 ——听“论《百年孤独》中体现的男子气概 ”讲座有感

By Mozhu Zhang

一部著作,讲述了七代人的生命旅程,记录了一个家族的沉浮兴衰,再现了拉丁美洲的社会历史图景。加西亚·马尔克斯的《百年孤独》从第一次与读者见面到现在以近半个世纪,不论是其魔幻现实主义的写作手法,还是复杂的家族人物网与传奇故事,都曾被无数学者反复揣摩和品读。然而,对《百年孤独》这座巨大“宝库”的探寻之旅仍没有结束,现就职于北京大学及柏林自由大学的Caio Yurgel教授向我们分享了他对书中体现出的男子气概的解读。 Continue reading “当历史的车轮碾过 ——听“论《百年孤独》中体现的男子气概 ”讲座有感”

Caio Yurgel: the Representation of Masculinity in García Márquez

By Sinan Farooqui

In this age of MeToo movements and greater awareness of women oppression and the restriction of their basic rights, it is often prudent to look back upon the literary works that may have upheld the traditional ideas of masculinity, resulting in the formation of such a machismo culture.

Continue reading “Caio Yurgel: the Representation of Masculinity in García Márquez”

与David Grinspoon探讨太空生物学

By Elva Yu

DKU Humanities Research Center 的 Petal Lab 一直在给让人文和科技牵线搭桥,初进入时,我只知这里可以研究深刻有趣的伦理道德问题。后来才渐悟 James Miller 教授所言:“这世界的伦理问题光靠人文学科的思索是不能解决的,我们要把那些科学家‘拉下水’,让他们直面自己的研究背后所蕴含的人类意义”

1月21号,Petal Lab 邀请了David Grinspoon来学校开展讲座,题为“太空生物学:人类在地球和地球之外的角色”。讲座后,这位科学家和DKU的一些教授以及Petal Lab全体师生在晚餐间继续碰撞思想的火花。

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A Discussion with Daniel Seng on Artifical Intelligence and Law

Daniel Seng is Associate Professor of Law at the School of Computing, at the National University of Singapore. He graduate from Stanford University’s doctorak program in Empirical Sciences and the Law (JSD). His areas of expertise are intellectual property, information technology, law, machine learning, NLP and quantitative legal analysis. Continue reading “A Discussion with Daniel Seng on Artifical Intelligence and Law”

Fito Segrera: Redefining the Boundaries Between Art and Artificial Intelligence

By Anisha Joshi

In a world where a deep fear of incumbent malice and malevolence runs within the hearts of most who have pondered the rapid pace of development in artificial intelligence, Fito Segrera sees a possibility for an exceedingly more positive future with benevolent AI. With a practical sense of optimism, he has considered a future with AI that might guide our way to better decision-making, ultimately resulting in an ending that doesn’t result in the destruction of humanity with the rise of AI. Continue reading “Fito Segrera: Redefining the Boundaries Between Art and Artificial Intelligence”