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Wonderland and the Mathematical Imaginary Wednesday, February 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Doheny Memorial Library Friends Lecture Hall, Room 240 Along with the Mad Hatter, the Rabbit, the Mock Turtle and other beloved characters from Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll created a surprising world in which the normal rules don’t apply. A polymath and inventor with an eclectic mind, Carroll also taught math at Oxford. He drew inspiration from his pioneering studies of logic and geometry while creating the fictional world of Alice. Join us for a multidisciplinary discussion featuring science writer Margaret Wertheim, mathematics professor Francis Bonahon and English professor Jim Kincaid. Following the discussion, Wertheim and Bonahon will lead an experimental play/ workshop where participants can make and play with absurd mathematical objects dating from the mathematical revolution of Carroll’s time. Organized by the USC Academy for Polymathic Study and the USC Libraries.

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote: Words and Music from the Time of Cervantes Featuring the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and Phil Proctor Thursday, February 23, 7:30 p.m. Bovard Auditorium The four Grammy-winning virtuosos of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will join forces with comedy legend Phil Proctor of Firesign Theatre to present an entirely new experience of the story of the Knight of La Mancha. This theatrical presentation is a unique mix of dramatic storytelling and intricate chamber music, creating a hybrid performance piece rich with humor and expressive depth. Proctor, a master of voices and dialects, will portray a dozen different characters as he traces the dramatic arc of Cervantes’s masterpiece. LAGQ will accompany him with colorful arrangements of musical gems from the Spanish Golden Age. Following the performance, a discussion will illuminate the frivolity, nobility and humanity of the words and music from the time of Cervantes.

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VISIONS AND VOICES

Images: Marc Rouve

Organized by William Kanengiser (Music). Co-sponsored by the USC Thornton School of Music.

Visions & Voices 2011-2012  

Visions and Voices is a USC-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. President C. L. Max Nikias establi...

Visions & Voices 2011-2012  

Visions and Voices is a USC-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. President C. L. Max Nikias establi...