Wednesday, 12.7.16 7:00pm: The Microbiome – redefining the biology and culture of what it means be human

Are we alone? Depends who you ask! We all have over 100 trillion microbes living in and on our body, so we’re never really alone.

The microbiome, which represents the population of all the microbes – bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses – that live on and inside the human body, is important in human health and disease. New discoveries about the microbiome are revolutionizing how we see the world around and within us.

In this interdisciplinary long table discussion, we will focus on the collection of microorganisms – troublesome invaders, benign guests, and essential collaborators – that live in and on all of us. We will explore how this realignment of friend and foe changes the very way we think about the world. Our invited guests from diverse disciplines including the biological sciences, anthropology, art, ecology, ethics, and humanities will bring an interdisciplinary perspective to the table and act as seeders for a larger group discussion.

Be part of the conversation by taking a seat at the table

Oct. 25: We are cultured

What is the microbiome, where does it come from, and how does it connect to culture?

Nov. 2: Microbiome in the city

What do we know, who is doing what, and how does it change what we think we know?

Dec. 7:Microbiome: the 1000-year view & how to get there?

Does the microbiome change how we imagine the future and what it means to be human?

How it Works: Science (as) Culture will use a format inspired by Lois Weaver’s conversation as performance project ‘The Long Table’, which is informal, participatory & nonhierarchical. Special guests are invited to “seed” the conversation but the “audience” is invited to take a seat at the table and join in. At all points in this discussion, it will be important not to take “progress” as self evident, and to ask why a particular idea or research practice makes sense.

Event Schedule: 

2nd Floor

Doors: 30 min prior to event

Discussion: 90 min + mingling after