All faculty, staff and students are cordially invited to a Lyceum Event on Wednesday, March 29 from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the CC 115 Black Box Theater on the Annandale Campus. “Creative Conversations and Collaborations in Art and Poetry” will be presented by Poet, Professor and Interim Dean J.K. “Jen” Daniels and visual artist and Professor Emerita Rebecca Kamen. There will be a meet and greet and light refreshments from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in CC 105.
Kamen and Daniels will talk about their creative processes, inspirations and influences. Kamen will show slides of some of her recent work, which is influenced by Santiago Ramon y Cajal, the “father of modern neuroscience,” and Daniels will read poems inspired by Cajal and from her new book, “Wedding Pulls.”
Daniel’s first book, “Wedding Pulls,” was selected by C.D. Wright for the New Southern Voices Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets and the New Orleans Review. She holds an M.A. in literature and M.F.A in creative writing – poetry, both from George Mason University. She started teaching English on the Annandale Campus as an adjunct nearly 20 years ago; she currently serves as the interim dean of the Division of Languages and Literature.
Kamen, sculptor and lecturer on the intersections of art and science, seeks “the truth” through observation. Informed by research into cosmology, history and philosophy, her work connects common threads that flow across various scientific fields to capture and re-imagine what the scientists see. She has researched on collaborative projects at the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University, the Kavli Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Cajal Institute in Madrid and the Neuroscience Program at the National Institutes of Health, where she was artist in residence in 2012. Kamen’s artwork has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and she is the recipient of many awards and fellowships. Recently Kamen was selected as the 2017 Carolinas Healthcare Systems Artist in Residence.
This event is presented by the Annandale Campus Lyceum Committee.