The Big Conversation: Come Together

Friday, January 29–Monday, February 1, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

The Big Conversation tackles science, art, culture, and the movements that are fueling the imaginations of today’s independent artists. A compelling selection of speakers discuss topics centered on the themes of this year’s program and explore broader trends in art and culture around the world. In considering how artists—through their practice and their work—make meaning of the world, we’re reminded that it’s the big conversation that connects us to the big ideas.

Come Together

Friday, January 29, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

That the first image of a black hole was achieved through a global network of synchronized radio observatories shows what humans can accomplish when we come together. Beyond astronomy and across a myriad of fields—from space exploration and climatology to bioscience and virology (as the pandemic plainly illustrates)—science and technology are propelled by collaboration, cooperation, and the breaking of barriers. We explore, through the lens of film and television, what that cooperation means for human knowledge and our mutual survival.

Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Panelists: Dr. Galit Alter, Scott Z. Burns, Janna Levin, Kath Lingenfelter, Leland Melvin


Dr. Galit Alter
Scott Z. Burns
Janna Levin
Kath Lingenfelter
Leland Melvin
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