Evnin Lecture

Evnin Lecture

The Evnin Lectures were established with a gift from Anthony B. Evnin '62 to promote a broader and deeper understanding of the critical roles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in all aspects of human endeavor. Since 1991, the Council on Science and Technology has invited luminaries in the fields of STEM and science communication to explore topics of interest to a broad audience. These lectures are free and open to the public. 

The Council is pleased to announce that Ge Wang will present the next Evnin Lecture on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:00pm in the Friend Center Lecture Hall 101.

What is the nature of design, and the meaning it holds in human life? What does it mean to design well — to design ethically?  How can the shaping of technology reflect our values as human beings?  

Artful Design by Ge WangDrawing from Ge's new book ARTFUL DESIGN: TECHNOLOGY IN SEARCH OF THE SUBLIME (488-page photo comic), this talk dissects the designs of everyday tools,  musical instruments, toys, and social experiences, examining the ways in  which we shape technology and how technology shapes us and our society,  in turn. This is a meditation for the “engineer with a soul” as well as for anyone curious (or concerned) about technology — not only what it does for us, but also what it does *to* us.

Ge Wang is an Associate Professor at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).  He researches artful design of tools, toys, games and social experiences.  Ge is the architect of the ChucK music programming language, director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra, co-founder of Smule and designer of the Ocarina and Magic Piano apps for mobile phones. He is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow and the author of ARTFUL DESIGN: TECHNOLOGY IN SEARCH OF THE
SUBLIME, a photo comic book about the ethics and aesthetics of shaping technology.  Based on the book, Ge is currently teaching a new critical thinking course at Stanford, "THINK66: Design that Understands Us."