CLA Speaks 2017-18: Visualizing, Storytelling & Imagining

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Founded in 2015, CLA Speaks is the annual speaker series for Cal Poly's College of Liberal Arts. Organized around an annual theme, this interdisciplinary series showcases the ways that disciplines in the College of Liberal Arts shape important and meaningful conversations about our world, our cultures, and our imagination. 

Robert Hass

United States Poet Laureate (1995-1997)
National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet, Environmentalist and Teacher

Robert Hass

Friday, October 27

7 p.m. in the MAC (Build. 43)

Former US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Hass will give a reading, followed by an on-stage conversation with English professor Mira Rosenthal. Hass will discuss the poet's life, activism, creativity, and the formal imagination of poetry. He will be on hand after the event to sign copies of his books, including the newly-released A Little Book on Form.

About Hass
In his tenure as United States Poet Laureate, Robert Hass spent two years battling American illiteracy, armed with the mantra, “imagination makes communities.” 

For Hass, everything is connected. When he works to heighten literacy, he is also working to promote awareness about the environment. When he is talking about poetry itself, Hass is both spontaneous and original, offering poetic insights that cannot be found in any textbook.

Hass has published many books of poetry including Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes, and Sun Under Wood, as well as a book of essays on poetry, Twentieth Century Pleasures. His collection of poems entitled Time and Materials won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

To learn more about Hass, click here for a complete bio. 

William Seeley

Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of New Hampshire and Lecturer in Humanities at Bates College

William Seeley

Thursday, November 2

11:10 a.m. in Build. 180, Room 102

William P. Seeley's work examines the concrete visual patterns that enable us to recognize and store complex narrative and cultural content. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from CUNY-The Graduate Center and an M.F.A. in sculpture from Columbia University. His research lies at the intersection of philosophy of art, cognitive science, and embodied cognition. He currently holds an NEH Digital Humanities Startup Grant to develop and conduct research in Scientific Workflows, Image Analysis and Visual Stylometry in the Digital Analysis of Art.  His welded steel constructions have also been exhibited in New York City and at a number of colleges and university galleries including a solo show of outdoor works at Ezra Stiles College at Yale University. He also worked as Head Assistant to Ursula Von Rydinsvaard in New York City. Installations for Ursula Von Rydinsvard include work currently on exhibit at the Storm King Art Center in New York and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Tony Baxter

Senior Vice President of Creative Development at disney imagineering, retired

Tony Baxter

Date TBA soon 

A Disney fan since his youth, Tony was hired as a Disney Imagineer in 1970 at age 23. He began his tenure as field art director for Magic Kingdom's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. In the following decade, Tony helped define the modern Disney park landscape with attractions such as Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1979), Imagination pavilion at EPCOT Center and Splash Mountain (1989). 

After serving as executive producer of Disneyland Paris in 1992, Tony returned stateside to redesign Tomorrowland at Disneyland (1998) and for 50th anniversary projects including the restoration of the Disneyland submarines with Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage (2007), the re-opening of an enhanced Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough (2008), an upgraded restoration of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (2009), Star Tours — The Adventures Continue (2011) and Fantasy Faire (2013).

Tony retired in February 2013, but continues to serve as a creative advisor and mentor of a new generation of Imagineers.

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