Last night FOSEP was very happy to be able to co-host an opening night happy hour for the Infinity Box Theatre Project’s Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human: Genetics and Synthetic Biology. Actors, scientists, and directors had a chance to discuss the intersection of art, science, and society with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. The District Lounge in the Deca Hotel provided a great backdrop for the discussion, and everyone left excited to see the actors delve into what it means to be human in the post-genomic era.
The shows will be running through the weekend, so don’t miss your chance to see this thought-provoking series. Tonight (Oct 16th) FOSEP will be in attendance to engage in a post-play discussion/late night happy hour. We hope to see you there!
FOSEP Welcome / Happy Hour – Wednesday October 7th 5:00-7:00 PM at the College Inn Pub
We wanted to welcome back members to the 2015 / 2016 school year! FOSEP will provide food (you need to provide your own drinks). The Happy Hour will be used to meet and greet other members, and discuss plans for the his year. We will discuss the story that made the national news about Seattle’s vaccination rates. Many of us want to work on our communication. As scientists, we want to just give people the facts and statistics about vaccines, but should remember that the responses people have to vaccinations are emotional. Sometimes we think giving facts will convince them to change their minds, but minds, but maybe it is better to pay attention to emotional responses in our communications, as this story illustrates.
Please fill out this survey so we can get an idea of what subjects you want us to cover this year, and so that we can know if you’re planning on coming to the Happy Hour. The next discussion meetings will be Wednesdays November 4th and December 2nd.
“Thought Experiments” – A Festival of Short Plays About Genetics and Synthetic Biology at Infinity Box Theater – Thurs October 15th 5:30 – 9:00 PM and Friday Oct 16th, 17th 7:30 -9:30 PM (also Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2:00 PM) at the Ethnic Cultural Theater
Promotional Image from “Thought Experiments” for the Infinity Box Theater
FOSEP is hosting a Happy Hour with Infinity Box Oct 15th at the District Lounge at 5:30 PM, and will help lead post-play discussion on October 16th – come either day!
This year, the Infinity Box Theater will be presenting a festival of original short plays examining how current developments in that field may impact how we answer the question of what it means to be human. They paired up scientists working in genetics and synthetic biology with local Seattle playwrights. Their collaborations have led to the creation of four intriguing short plays, each asking the question: “How might current and possible future innovations in the fields of genetics and synthetic biology change what it means to be human?
Each evening includes staged readings of the plays, followed by a scientist-led conversation, where the audience can explore the questions and issues raised by the plays. Buy tickets here. Student tickets are only $5! You can also get them at the door if you want to avoid the service charge.
FOSEP and Infinity Box are officially teaming up in two ways –
1) FOSEP is hosting a pre-plays Happy Hour Thursday October 15th at the District Lounge in the Hotel DECA at 5:30 PM. FOSEP will provide food.
2) FOSEP leaders will help lead the post-plays discussion Friday October 16th, most likely at the Pub at The College Inn.