Watch for new classes in October!
From our microscope facility.
Biology of Cancer
Anatomy and Physiology
Cure Me! Program: alternative to Robotics
Science Up! - Lunchtime seminars
Center for Advanced Studies
VR Center: Virtual Reality Experiences
Artists' Market: One Day Pop-ups
History of Photography Classes
Original Limited Edition Books
One day show for painters and photographers. Bring 3-5 pieces for display. Take home what's left at 4 pm.
Bring your photographic work to another level with microscopes. Agonist Gallery has a microscope facility that we will use to make abstract micrographs. Our subjects/specimens can be almost anything, but we'll start with amino acid crystals, parts of ferns, pond water, and insect parts. In addition to studying these things for their scientific value, we'll aim to make photographs with the microscope that are more artistic and abstract. Make nature photographs at unnatural magnifications. Max class size is 5. 1 class/week for 4 weeks. Tuesdays 2-3 pm (not July 4- move to Wednesday instead). June 20, 27, July 5, 11. $25
The aim of this class is to enable a deeper understanding of the biological basis of disease. Students should have completed a high school level biology course or have equivalent experience. We'll focus on four major topics: stem cell biology, the biology of cancer, aging, and neurobiology. What gives stem cells their stemness? How do the latest advances in cancer therapy work? Has the first person to live to 150 already been born? What is consciousness, who has it, and how do we lose it? 1 class/week for 4 weeks Wednesdays 2-3 pm. June 21, 28, July 5, 12. $25
In this class, we'll focus on a philosophy of art that requires a visceral and intellectual response. How do we get from the real to the ethereal? From the ordinary to the extraordinary? From beauty to the sublime? Which works of art move us from one level to higher, deeper experiences? Why? How can our own creativity benefit from considering possible answers to these questions? Are there some responses to art that are deeply ingrained in the physiology of our species? How do we provoke that response with our own work? We'll be considering inspirations from nature, music, dance, and visual art. 1 class/week for 4 weeks. Thursdays 2-3 pm. June 22, 29, July 6, 13. $25
A competitive STEM project, "Cure Me!" provides a life science alternative to robotics programs. Students will attempt to build a "patient" that is unable to be killed by disease. The "patient" will be a digital model or a VR game that will respond to disease inputs in a way that reflects how well they have prepared it. They will test their models against other teams in competitions that will test the depth of their knowledge, preparation, and creativity. Students will be expected to apply their knowledge of 100 diseases compiled from national registries, such as the CDC, CMS, and NIM. This project is in development and needs collaborators in game theory and VR programming.
We'll hire an advanced performer of modern dance or ballet for a guided photoshoot. The studio at Agonist Gallery is fully equipped, with suitable flash, light modifiers, backdrops, and stands. Concepts covered include guidelines for working with a live model, basic choreography, previsualization, dance specific lighting, capturing motion, multiple exposures, and costumes. A good dance photoshoot in the studio, with a couple of costume changes, takes about 2 hours. $150 complete. Contact the director to set a time.
This is an illustrated seminar for improving your ability to make striking images of these magnificent animals. Discover new places and share your favorites with others in the class. Contact the Director to make an appointment for your first class, or Register Here, then make an appointment. $35 per class.
A photographic and dance interpretation of the ancient Roman Highway across southern Italy. From Rome to Brindisi on the Adriatic Sea, the dancers add a lively human connection and perspective on important landmarks in Roman history and contemporary Italian culture.
Combining both artistic photographs of large wading birds and travel recommendations for the best birding sites in Florida and Georgia, this seminar is a must for bird lovers everywhere.
In this seminar, we'll explore the inside world of living things, rocks, and crystals as seen under a microscope. By design, there is science in the art, and art in the science. Inside, great mysteries arise that are not predicted by the outsides. “The Cover is not The Book” (from “Mary Poppins Returns”).
Small, and easily overlooked, mosses play important roles in many of our most interesting habitats. As pioneers on rocks, burned landscapes, bogs, and rotting logs, mosses often provide suitable habitats in which seedlings of other plant species can thrive, including trees and wildflowers. Mosses also can be extraordinarily beautiful, even as they are the most ancient plants in our landscape. Were mosses the first plants to escape aquatic habitats and occupy the land?
For the first people to arrive, Connecticut was our Greenland. And that was only about 20,000 years ago. The Connecticut landscape had already experienced the volcanic convulsions of plate tectonics, the 200 million year reign of the dinosaurs, and the repeated extinctions of nearly all of its wildlife. This means that, since the retreat of the most recent glaciers beginning about 17,000 years ago, all species here- humans, animals, and plants- are immigrants to a new land, formed in fire and sculpted by ice.
Science depends on a willingness to give up on its most cherished theories. It thrives on the power of evidence to overturn the general assumptions that everyone knows but can't support. But when the challenges are considered heresy, the whole enterprise is in jeopardy. We'll discuss several of the most revolutionary paradigm shifts in the history of science, including Evolution by Natural Selection, The Germ Theory of Disease, The Origin of Life, Plate Tectonics, and Molecular Genetics. We'll also try to identify where the current insurgencies are troubling the authorities now.
All living things age, but at vastly different rates. Why? The average lifespan for humans is about 75 years, with the maximum topping out at 120 years. Dogs age about seven times faster. Oak trees about ten times slower. Why? Many researchers are convinced that a little animal known as a hydra doesn’t age at all! Why not? We’ll discuss leading edge research into aging and its implications for our own health and well being.
Since we are so smart compared with other creatures, we tend to think that our bodies are also uniquely human. Well, from the molecular and cellular levels, to muscles, hearts, and livers, and to the basic organization of our brains, fish have it all. We even share many features with plants, like cell division, copying DNA, and making sex cells. Are rosehip neurons, opposable thumbs, and massive brain plasticity the only unique features of humanity?
Vision involves much more than what we see with our eyes. Sometimes our eyes send the brain faulty information, as in color blindness or retinal fatigue. But always, vision is what the brain tells us is seen. What the brain wants or expects to see greatly affects vision. Illusions can show, in a delightful way, how all this works.
From the White Mountains to Baxter State Park, the rugged landscapes of northern New England are certainly thrilling to explore. But in New Hampshire and Maine you will also find that fascinating alpine and wetlands adventures can be had in smaller, more accessible places. The summits of Mt. Kearsarge and Mt. Cardigan in New Hampshire are mostly treeless, allowing for splendid vistas, but they also reveal legacies of a glacial past carved in their rocks. And according to recent census data, Maine’s Rangeley Lakes District has more moose per square foot than any place from away. That’s why the annual moose calling contest is so popular there- not to mention that my brother helps to run it.
Flowering plants are the most recently evolved group in the plant world. Yet they have by far the most diversity. Why? They also engender the most human interest- they are the charismatic lions and tigers of the plant world. As a result, far too many photographs of flowers have already been made- why should we keep trying? What can we try with flower photography that would be new and exciting?
Since the mid-1970s, photography has achieved a parallel status to painting and sculpture in the world’s great art collections. It has also been exceedingly influential in shaping our understanding of nature and culture. Who were the pioneers? Who are revered for their contributions and why? We’ll consider the portfolios of numerous photographers whose work can inspire us to create or immerse ourselves in this great tradition. (2 class sessions minimum)
Each of these presentations, for extended learning and enjoyment, is designed for a 1 hour time slot that would include a question/answer period. They are aimed at the advanced high school level, and include some analysis of the leading edge of research in the field. Most are interdisciplinary, reflecting the speaker’s many decades of deep immersion in science and the arts.
Perfect for social clubs, senior centers, independent living centers, garden clubs, independent schools, and other groups. Contact us now at firstname.lastname@example.org