Join GIV’s spokescat Westley and a talented cast of experts and alumni in this delightfully weird webinar series!
The short answer is that it’s a series of hour-long interactive webinars exploring the balance of serious learning and casual, silly conversation – hosted by a cat!
The slightly longer answer is that “Serious Talks for Silly People” is GIV’s commitment to making learning fun and accessible while still challenging Vermonters to think deeply and expand their horizons. It features a panel of GIV faculty, staff, and alumni who are experts in their fields of study, which are as broad in range and discipline as GIV itself!
Each “Serious Talks for Silly People” is a conversation between these panelists and the audience, designed to invite all sorts of question and answer and lively discussion. The past year and change have constructed an awful lot of barriers between learners and the joy traditionally associated with learning. It’s about time we smashed those barriers (and had a good time doing it)!
… did we mention the spokescat has a bowtie?
Our spokescat Westley is hard at work gathering talented faculty, staff, and alumni from across GIV’s many disciplines for our next “Serious Talks for Silly People.” We’ll be updating this page as soon as our next talk is scheduled!
So stay tuned, and join GIV’s mailing list for the latest updates and events!
Westley is a cat. He enjoys chicken-flavored wet food, vigorous chin scratches, and falling asleep on people’s heads. Westley is both a dedicated physicist and formidable short distance runner. He is fond of combining these disciplines, often engaging in highly scientific “knock things off the counter” research trials paired with “sprint across the apartment” training drills. When he isn’t hard at work, Westley can most often be found sleeping on a sun-soaked window sill with his brother Yam. His philosophy on life, the universe, and everything therein and after can be summed up neatly in his oft-repeated mantra: “meow.”
The worlds of technology, design, and engineering move pretty fast. How do engineers and techies make sure they’re taking care of the planet (not to mention themselves) while keeping pace?
In this talk, college students and humanitarians Alden Ducharme and Brielle King plus a panel of three brilliant GIV alums explore sustainability in tech and engineering – both for the world and for oneself.
The Earth is a strange and beautiful place. And it needs our help!
In this talk, University of Vermont researcher and geologist Paul Bierman, podcaster and theatre educator Tim Steckler, and GIV Global Issues & Environmental Science alums Gloria Kigonya, Tenzin Mentsang, and Addy Budliger get together for a discussion on environmental science and arts activism. Where science, art, and activism collide, positive change is sure to follow!
Recording coming soon!
How creative is math? How logical is music? Are they really so different?
In this talk, Spotify artist Myra Flynn, Computer Science student Stephanie Joseph, and GIV Math Institute alums Henry & Nathan Wu dispel some of the myths of being a “math or music person” and talk about the relationship between structure and creativity.
How do we collaborate with each other and stay creative during a global pandemic? And are health professionals and artists so different in their pursuit of connection and resilience?
In this talk, professional dancer Corey Harrower, Northern Vermont AHEC Executive Director Nicole LaPointe, and GIV Health & Medicine alum Rory Anderson explore those questions, providing their unique perspective on what it means to be human when you’re a tiny square on someone else’s screen for a year.