Central Conversations for Arcadia

We are excited to offer Post show Central Conversations with acclaimed artists and scholars for Arcadia!

All Central Conversations are open to the public; seats are available on a first come, first serve basis.

  • A Post-Show Conversation with Professors Brendan Sullivan & Emma Previato

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    The Mathematics of Arcadia

    Join us for a post-show Sunday Symposium with Professor Brendan Sullivan of Emmanuel College and Dr. Emma Previato of Boston University as we discuss the math behind Arcadia! Brendan W. Sullivan is a Lecturer in the Mathematics Department at Emmanuel College in Boston. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics & Physics from Hamilton College, and an M.S. and D.A. in Mathematical Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University, where he won the Hugh Young Graduate Student Teaching Award. In addition to extensive teaching experience with undergraduates, he has studied differential equations, fractal geometry, and combinatorics and graph theory. Currently, his research interests are tiling problems in combinatorics and pursuit-evasion games on graphs, with a focus on Cops & Robbers. Meanwhile, he also enjoys solving and constructing crossword puzzles (published in the MAA’s Mathematics Magazine), improv comedy, volunteer tutoring, golf, and reading a book every week. Dr. Emma Previato is professor of mathematics at Boston University, and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. She earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University, has published over 70 research articles and (co-)edited three books, as well as given over 200 domestic and international presentations and organized several research workshops and conferences. She serves on the Editorial Board of several peer-reviewed journals. She was the recipient of the MAA/Northeastern Section 2003 Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. She teaches and mentors mathematics students, was the advisor of seven Ph.D. students, founded the BU Student Chapters of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), organized several undergraduate symposia and, since 2004, an annual outreach symposium, AFRAMATH.
  • Opening Soiree for Arcadia

    Celebrate with the cast and creative team of Arcadia!
  • Scholar Social with Screenwriter Diane Lake


    Making Connections: Thomasina Coverly & Ada Lovelace

    Join screenwriter Diane Lake in exploring the connection between Arcadia's Thomasina and Lord Byron's own daughter, Ada Lovelace, who is widely considered the founder of scientific computing. Diane Lake is a screenwriter who has been commissioned to write films for Columbia, Disney, Miramax, Paramount, NBC and numerous independent producers. Diane's film, Frida, which opened at the Venice Film Festival in 2002, was named one of the 10 Best Films of 2002 by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute, and was nominated for 6 Academy Awards. Her script Hemingway in Paris recently sold to French producer Phillippe Chausse. Current projects under option include Ada, a biopic of Lord Byron’s only legitimate daughter, and Hard-Boiled, a film noir featuring Raymond Chandler. Her script Monetis is in development as a French/Australian co-production. Her short fiction has appeared in the Grey Sparrow Review and she is currently adapting Thomas H. Cook’s novel Instruments of Night for producer Tony Greenburg.
  • A Post-Show Conversation with Professor Diana Henderson

    A Stoppard Symposium

    Join us for a Post-Show Conversation with MIT Professor Diana Henderson as we discuss everything Tom Stoppard, the playwright of Arcadia. Diana Henderson is Professor of Literature and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT.  Her areas of research and interest include Shakespeare, gender studies, early modern poetry and drama, modernism, media studies, and world drama. Her publications include the books Alternative Shakespeares 3, Collaborations with the Past: Reshaping Shakespeare Across Time and Media, A Concise Companion to Shakespeare on Screen, Passion Made Public: Elizabethan Lyric, Gender and Performance, as well as more than forty scholarly articles. In addition to nine years as MIT’s Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Support, she has served as the President of the Shakespeare Society of America, worked as a dramaturg, was a principal participant in MIT’s collaborations with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and is co-editor of Shakespeare Studies.
  • Artists & Audiences for Arcadia

    Join the cast & creative team of Arcadia to learn more about how they tackled this highly academic and classic work!
  • A Post-Show Conversation with Professors David Kaiser & Seth Lloyd

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    The Science behind Arcadia

    Join us for a special post-show Sunday Symposium with MIT Professors David Kaiser and Seth Lloyd as we discuss the history behind the science in Arcadia!  David Kaiser is the Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science and Department Head of MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and also a Professor of Physics at MIT. His books include Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics (2005), which received the Pfizer Prize from the History of Science Society for best book in the field; and How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival (2011), which was named "Book of the Year" by Physics World magazine and also received the Davis Prize from the History of Science Society for best book aimed at a general audience. A Fellow of the American Physical Society, Kaiser has received MIT's highest awards for excellence in teaching. Other honors include the LeRoy Apker Award from the American Physical Society, and the Edgerton Prize from MIT. His work has been featured in Science, Nature, theNew York Times, and Scientific American, as well as on NOVA television programs, NPR, and the BBC. He is currently writing two books about gravity: a physics textbook with his colleague Alan Guth on gravitation and cosmology, and a history of research on Einstein's general relativity over the twentieth century. Dr. Seth Lloyd received a Ph.D. in Physics from Rockefeller University and a postdoctoral fellow in the High Energy Physics Department at the California Institute of Technology, where he worked on applications of information to quantum-mechanical systems. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he worked at the Center for Nonlinear Systems on quantum computation. Since 1988, Dr. Lloyd has also been an adjunct faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute. Dr. Lloyd is a principal investigator at the Research Laboratory of Electronics. He has performed seminal work in the fields of quantum computation and quantum communications, including proposing the first technologically feasible design for a quantum computer, demonstrating the viability of quantum analog computation, proving quantum analogs of Shannon's noisy channel theorem, and designing novel methods for quantum error correction and noise reduction. Professor Lloyd is a member of the American Physical Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
  • A Post-Show Conversation with Dr. Margaret Geller

    Arcadia: A Cosmologist's View

    Join us for a Post-Show Conversation with Dr. Margaret J. Geller as we explore the universe of Arcadia! We're excited to have Dr. Geller back after her contributions to our Central Conversations last season during the run of Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight. Dr. Margaret J. Geller is a world-renowned and multi-award winning astrophysicist best know for her pioneering maps of the distribution of galaxies in the nearby universe. These maps opened the era of mapping the universe. Dr. Geller is member of the National Academy of Sciences. She has been widely recognized for her technical and public contributions to science including a MacArthur Fellowship in 1990. She has received 6 honorary degrees, including one recently from Dartmouth College in 2014. Dr. Geller’s Website: www.cfa.harvard.edu/~mjg
  • A Post-Show Conversation with Professor Edward J. Hall & Moderator Robin Abrahams

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    Arcadia: Free Will vs. Determinism

    Join us for a Post-Show Conversation with Harvard Professor Edward J. Hall and moderator Robin Abrahams! You may remember Professor Hall from last Spring's Central Conversation during the run of Mr g; we're excited to have him return to discuss the laws of nature and themes of free will vs. determinism in Arcadia. Edward J. Hall is the Norman E. Vuilleumier Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. Prior to his current position, he was with MIT’s Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. He works on a range of topics in metaphysics and epistemology that overlap with philosophy of science. (Which is to say: the best topics in metaphysics and epistemology.) Professor Hall’s research and teaching focus on basic philosophical questions about the nature of reality, and about our knowledge of that reality that are prompted by scientific inquiry and reflection.
    Writer and speaker Robin Abrahams has a PhD. in Psychology from Boston University, with a focus on the psychology of narrative. The author of the popular "Miss Conduct" advice column in the Boston Globe, Robin also works as a research associate in the Organizational Behavior unit at Harvard Business School. Her book Miss Conduct's Mind Over Manners sorts out tricky etiquette for a society that is diverse not only in demographics but in terms of values, priorities, and experiences. She writes about pop culture and social behavior for a variety of publications. Dr. Abrahams been an on-stage judge for BAHFest East (the Festival of Bad Ad-hoc Hypotheses) since its first year, and is co-director of the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony Mini-Opera. Dr. Abrahams is a popular post-show speaker at Boston-area theaters, and serves on the programming committee for Underground Railway Theatre. She regularly performs dramatic readings of scientific studies on the Improbable Research podcast.
  • Scholar Social with Rhodes Scholar Anya Yermakov


    The Intersection of Art & Science in Arcadia

    Join us for a Scholar Social with Rhodes Scholar Anya Yermakov as we discuss the intersection of art and science in Arcadia! Anya Yermakova spends most of her time exploring the space in between various branches of mathematics. With a diverse collection of (almost) five degrees all in different disciplines, she earned her undergraduates at Northwestern University, and her masters at Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Now a doctoral candidate at Harvard in History of Science and in Critical Media Practice, she researches both the improvisative within mathematics as well as the emergent structures within a given creative process. Her performance teachers have included Vijay Iyer in improvisation, Olli Mustonen in composition, Cruceta Flamenco and Diego Amador in flamenco, Jill Johnson and Rick Nodine in dance, and James Giles in piano. In the last year she has collaborated with members of the International Beethoven Project, Hubbard Street Dance, and Tunisia88, as well as Harvard’s Center for Evolutionary Dynamics and the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. With inspiration from collaborators at the time, in 2015 she co-founded the Intense Listening Institute, which aims to connect spaces of learning with spaces for performance, ignited by her interests within mathematics. See anyayermakova.com and intenselistening.com for more.