March 10, 2018

The Role(s) of the Arts in a Research Context

The Transdisciplinary Studies Program at
Claremont Graduate University
invites you to join us for a lecture and discussion with

David Maggs

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | 4:00 pm
Albrecht Auditorium

This event is free and open to the public

Efforts for integrating the arts into transdisciplinary research have grown in recent years–but why now? How can the arts contribute to solving the world’s problems? How can the “otherness” of arts practices be reconciled with the expectations of research traditions? This talk will explore strategies for clarifying and grounding transdisciplinary support for arts–based practices in order to solidify their place within The Academy.

David Maggs carries on an active career in both the arts and academia. As an artist, he gives piano performances and has written several works for the stage. Maggs founded Gros Morne Summer Music, a year-round interdisciplinary arts organization in Eastern Canada; Old Crow Magazine, which covers the culture of Gros Morne National Park; and The Graham Academy, a performing arts training academy for youths pre–K to 12.

As an academic, Maggs addresses culture and sustainability. His doctoral thesis developed four different commissioned works featuring architecture, original composition, theatre and poetry and later became the foundation for Sustainability in the Imaginary World, a project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. His work has appeared in Environmental Philosophy and the Routledge Handbook of the History of Sustainability.

Maggs has also co–developed multiple iterations of a large–scale augmented reality experience in Vancouver and is currently developing the physical infrastructure for a permanent digital immersion lab. Recently, he also founded and directs the Liminus institute, an initiative that brings together themes of arts, health, sustainability, indigeneity, technology, and the natural world. Through Liminus, he is collaborating on a feature–length documentary film about the rejuvenation of indigenous identity in Western Newfoundland.

Re–Imagining the University Through the Arts Series

Claremont Graduate University’s Transdisciplinary Studies Program celebrates scholars and creative thinkers who are transforming the landscape of higher education through artistic practice, design and innovation.