Polymathic Pizza II

Spring 2021
Polymathic Pizza Part II
Polymathic Pizza II


In the ever-evolving worlds of media and technology, what has proven to have enduring value in our everyday lives?  How have new technologies irreversibly transformed our ways of communicating, relating, networking and understanding each other and the world around us? How have they not?  In what ways should we question the decentering of our humanness in relation to these technologies?  In this collaborative spring 2021 Polymathic Pizza series with the Ahmanson Lab and Sidney Center, we will engage our critical thinking and haptic approaches on the ephemerality and durability of select technologies that have transformed our lives and values…or maybe not so much? 

Wael AbdAlmageed, Research Associate Professor of Electrical And Computer Engineering
Hao Li, Associate Professor of Computer Science
January 27, 2021 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Online (zoom)

What the deep fake is going on?  Was that Queen Elizabeth in a tic tok video dancing on top of her regal desk or a cautionary production highlighting the dangers of misinformation? The word deepfake combines the terms “deep...

Gordon Bellamy, Professor of the Practice of Cinematic Arts -- Interactive Media & Games Division
Christina Dunbar-Hester, Associate Professor of Communication
March 24, 2021 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Online (zoom)

Even in dark times, we cannot relinquish the things that make us human.


Lisa Pon, Professor of Art History
Erik Loyer, Creative Director-Scalar
April 7, 2021 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Online (zoom)

Paper is a technology. And paper technology has endured from Renaissance Europe through the 2020 pandemic spring as a platform for making, holding and disseminating knowledge. Now we find ourselves in a moment of transition in...

Lindsay O'Neill, Associate Professor (Teaching) of History
Emilio Ferrara, Associate Professor of Communication and Computer Science
April 22, 2021 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Online (zoom)

“The challenge for news readers was to sort through the morass of true and false news that surrounded them.”