MIT theoretical physicist Alan Lightman is the author of many books and essays on science as well as five works of fiction. At IF he explores how science and the humanities intersect and contribute to our understanding of the universe.
Cognitive scientist and philosopher Susan Schneider discusses her work for NASA that delves into the question: If we were to encounter extraterrestrial intelligence and consciousness...what might it "look" like and would we even recognize it?
Many discoveries and inventions arise from the convergence of curiosity, accidents and unexpected outcomes. This is not luck ... but an emergent property of the creative and prepared mind. Science writer Pagan Kennedy explores the role of serendipity behind innovation, inventions and breakthrough thinking.
New York-based company Creative Capital President Suzy Delvalle brings to IF a group of artists whose unique and sometimes controversial work pushes the edges of the creative envelope.
How your body influences innovation, memory and learning
Flash Class -- The IdeaFestival is about ideation and innovation...connecting new & interesting ideas with your own in order to achieve an "a-ha" that moves you ahead in your work. But what if sitting and listening to these ideas isn't enough? What if you literally need to MOVE to move ahead? Come participate in this interactive flash class to learn about AND implement the latest research on how postures, gestures and movement influence innovation, memory and learning.
Dr. Christine Ortiz a Professor of Materials Science at MIT and Dean for Graduate Education recently stepped down as Dean in July 2016 to launch a new residential research university which will have no disciplinary departments, no classrooms, no traditional on-ground passive lectures, no majors and no pedagogical distinction between undergraduate and graduate education. At IF you will learn about her new vision for higher-education.
Join us for Club IF … an early 60’s style nightclub featuring cocktails, conversation and a live musical performance at 9pm (doors open at 8pm). The cover charge is $10 and tickets must be purchased in advance. Seating is very limited so confirm your reservation today.
Wednesday, September 28
Featuring American roots duo...Smooth Hound Smith.