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Add to Calendar 2023-11-01 04:26:01 2024-09-30 04:26:01 Visualizing Medicine: Humanizing Healthcare through Medical Illustration, Web Comics, and Graphic Novels Art - in all its permutations - creates space for self-expression, emotional release, and a way of processing our thoughts, dreams, frustrations, and grief. In medicine, the visual becomes a method with the potential not only to teach or define but also to exclude or ignore many bodies. Ghanaian-American physician-artist Shirlene Obuobi, MD, and cartoonist-author Alison Bechdel disrupt outdated narratives within healthcare and popular culture that shape individual and social conceptions of healthy bodies. Their representations can humanize the experiences of others, particularly when the clinical gaze can create an artificial divide between patients and healthcare professionals, disenfranchising individuals and communities. Norris Medical Library America/Los_Angeles public
Add to Calendar 2023-11-10 04:22:40 2024-05-10 04:22:40 Sixty Years of South Korean Science Fiction: Selections from the USC Korean Heritage Library’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection East Asian Library America/Los_Angeles public
Nov 17
Feb 29

The Art of Reading

Special Collections
Nov 28
Nov 29

Technology as Religion

Time:  3pm
Ahmanson Lab | Leavey Library, 3rd floor (LVL 301)
Add to Calendar 2023-11-28 15:00:00 2023-11-29 16:00:00 Technology as Religion Technology presents paradigms that parallel religious concepts, offering alternative interpretations of age-old beliefs. Indeed, cutting-edge technologies enable even staunch materialists in places like Silicon Valley, (e.g. Ray Kurzweil) to embrace beliefs typically associated with metaphysics or religion. For instance, the notion of uploading one&#039;s consciousness to a computer resonates with the religious promise of eternal life, suggesting a digital transcendence beyond physical mortality. Similarly, the theory that we exist within a computer simulation mirrors religious beliefs of a realm or existence beyond our perceived reality, hinting at layers of creation we&#039;ve yet to understand. Furthermore, as we edge closer to creating an Artificial Superintelligence, it can be perceived as a god-like entity, possessing knowledge and power far beyond human comprehension.<br /> <br /> Topics of conversation might include: As Artificial Intelligence and other technologies become increasingly integrated into daily life, how might religious interpretations of the soul, consciousness, and existence evolve? Can technological developments truly replace or serve as alternatives to religious beliefs (can they for instance, give our lives meaning and purpose ), or do they simply offer another layer of interpretation for our existential questions? How might these interpretations differ across cultures and belief systems? 03:00 pm 04:00 pm America/Los_Angeles public
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