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2001 Sigma Xi Forum

Science, the Arts and the Humanities: Connections and Collisions
November 8-9, 2001
Sheraton Capital Center
Raleigh, North Carolina

Through performances, paintings, film, photographs, poetry, talks and discussions, the 2001 Sigma Xi Forum will focus on the reciprocal influences of science, in its endeavor to understand nature; the humanities, in their essential role as the shapers of values; and the arts, as acts of creation that speak to our emotions.

More than 50 scientists, artists and writers will offer a rich panorama of these influences, both historic and contemporary. Organized in cooperation with Phi Beta Kappa and the National Humanities Center, this two-day forum will span a variety of contexts, ranging from the quest for beauty in science to the use of science and technology to create beauty.

Among those providing support for the program are the American Chemical Society Matching Gift Fund, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Duke University and GlaxoSmithKline.

Oxygen, van Gogh and Fish
The new Fletcher Opera Theater in downtown Raleigh, near the conference hotel, will be the setting for three performances of the play Oxygen, written by distinguished chemists and authors Carl Djerassi and Roald Hoffmann.

Other topics will include scienceās ability to provide insights and dispel myths concerning such historical figures as Vincent van Gogh and King George III.

Another session will focus on art conservators, who combine skills in studio art with knowledge of art history and a technical understanding of the chemical and physical properties of paint, canvas and wood, among other materials.

A sculptor and a biologist will discuss how models, or physical abstractions, of fish and other organisms have provided insights about basic biological functions, such as swimming, with applications for scientists and engineers.

Three seismologists will perform "Earthquake Quartet #1 for trombone, cello, voice, and earthquakes."

For More Information:
forum@sigmaxi.org Phone: 919-549-4691 or 800-243-6534, ext. 208


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