Ken Rinaldo, a celebrated artist, spoke at the Benton Museum of Art on Nov. 17 about his bio-art works, which meld technological and natural realms to analyze and amplify living systems. His work included robotic art installations and sound sculptures. His work addresses biological concerns and envisions interspecies and trans-species communication. The talk concluded with a workshop where participants created microbial self-portraits.
This Monday, Harvey Mudd College hosted its third and final event for the 2023 Dr. Bruce J. Nelson ‘74 Distinguished Speaker Series “Being Human in the Age of AI.” Stephanie Dinkins, a transmedia artist and professor of art at Stony Brook University, spoke on “Love & Data.” Beginning in September,
On Nov. 2, the Benton Museum of Art invited Leah Mata Fragua to speak on the climate crisis’s impact on the practice of Indigenous art. Fragua is a place-based artist and a member of the yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini Tribe, located on the California coast. Fragua presented a talk titled “An Exploration of Memory, Resistance and Creativity in a Time of Environmental Flux,” followed by a conversation with Dr. Meranda Roberts regarding ephemeral art and advocating for change in art institutions.
With regard to transformative shifts in society, Dr. Anita Hill wouldn’t say she identifies as an optimist, but is ever hopeful to overcome a number of impossible challenges. On Oct. 28, Pomona College invited Hill to speak on civil rights in current politics, education and greater society in the United States for the sixth annual Payton Distinguished Lectureship.
On Oct. 19, Dr. Ruha Benjamin, sociologist, author and professor of Africana Studies at Princeton University, gave a lecture entitled “From Artificial Intelligence to Collective Wisdom.” As part of Harvey Mudd College’s “Being Human in the Age of AI” Nelson Speaker Series, Benjamin outlined the origins and effects of inequities embedded in digital power structures.
Transformed into a cozy, intimate setting, The Hive became the perfect backdrop for the first ever “Tiny Patio Concert,” a riff on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert.” On Sept. 22, throughout three half-hour sets, audiences enjoyed performances of original songs and covers from student acts B5 Guitar, Aphelion and Tea Rooom.
The Golden Antlers’ first open mic event of the year kicked off with an enthusiastic lineup of performers, covering topics ranging from the trials and tribulations of dating to coming out of the closet.
On Sept. 12 at CMC’s Athenaeum, Audrey Strevey PO ’25 and Yui Kurosawa CM ’26 debated the following proposition: The United States should establish a guaranteed living wage.