Do art and politics mix? Find out at next Bronowski Forum lecture in La Jolla

Francesca Polletta and Grant Kester will examine the status of collaboration across the arts and the social sciences when the next Bronowski Art & Science Forum presents “Are Two Heads Better than One? Collaboration in Art and Politics.” The free, public discussion will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21 at the Neurosciences Institute Auditorium, 10640 John J. Hopkins Dr. Reservations are required at or by calling Ron Newby at (858) 442-3030.

Francesca Polletta is a professor of sociology and graduate director in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine.

The speakers are interested in efforts to make political decisions and art collaboratively, rather than individually in the case of art, or hierarchically in the case of politics. They will explore whether democratic art is possible or democratic politics practical.

The two scholars come to the conversation with an interest and shared recognition of the necessary interdependence of the political and the cultural in social change. For each, this has involved research that pushes against the boundaries of their respective disciplines.

Grant Kester is associate professor of art history and chair of the UCSD Visual Arts Department.

“The Bronowski Art & Science Forum is a venue for the intellectually curious, an evening of conversation with great minds at the convergence of art and science,” said Forum founder Ron Newby in a press release advancing the lecture. “In a very modest way, The Forum pays homage to the legacy of Jacob Bronowski.”

Note: Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974) was a polymath who found both the arts and the sciences interesting and accessible. He sought to show how these pursuits were characteristic of the identity of the human species. Source:

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