Learning is an art, diverse in nature. It requires form and is tempered by keen practice. In order to understand how, we must first discuss what constitutes learning. The second biannual TALKS seminar, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) Auditorium, brings together four world-renowned thinkers and speakers of the Rensselaer community to touch on this topic. This year’s theme is “The Design and Practice of Learning.”

The second installment of TALKS brings together a diverse group of individuals from the Rensselaer community with expertise in a broad range of fields, distinct backgrounds, and unique thoughts. Each speaker will contribute to the development of an intimate understanding of what constitutes, builds, and drives the procurement of knowledge.

Bill Puka

Professor of Philosophy | Ph.D., Philosophy and Psychology, Harvard University

Moral and Ethical Development Across the Lifespan

Scott Robertson

Rensselaer Class of ’03 | Ph.D., MHCI, Kennedy Fellowship at the U.S. Senate

Inclusive Learning and Learning with Disability

Malik Magdon-Ismail

Professor of Computer Science | Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Machines that Learn from Data

Tomie Hahn

Associate Professor of Performance Ethnology | Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, Wesleyan University

Sensational Knowledge: Moving through the Body

Following the conversation, a reception will be held in the CBIS gallery with refreshments and time to interact with the TALKS speakers.