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Olin Sewall Pettingill Research Seminer in Natural History: "The Art of the Animateur: A Workshop for Practitioners"

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
4:00 AM
Gates Lecture Hall, University of Michigan Biological Station on Douglas Lake, 9133 Biological Road, Pellston.

This is part of our 2011 Summer Lecture Series. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Expressing insights through the arts is rewarding to the artist, but can also be an avenue to more powerful communication of important concepts to others. In this seminar, Laurie Allmann will engage participants in discussions and exercises designed to develop the skills of an animateur*: that is, "to artfully convey complex and or technical ideas in such a manner as to capture the imagination of an audience." *animateur. n. (from the French): one who animates, enlivens, brings to life; in practice, one whose role it is to artfully convey a complex or technical idea in such a manner as to capture the imagination of an audience; a guide/translator who uses creative or unorthodox methods to illuminate specialized fields of knowledge