ArtsFusion Lecture by Ron Eglash

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Location & Time: 

Moss Arts Center - The Cube (5:30-7:00pm)

Join us on Wednesday, February 12th, as we hear from Ron Eglash, Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He is an ethno-mathematician: studying the way math and cultures intersect.


Title: Generative Justice: the Right to Innovation
When: February 12th, 5:30-7pm
Where: ICAT Cube
Abstract: Social movements often focus on “distributive justice,” opposing deprivation in housing, health and other resources through “top-down” government action. But it is equally important to think about justice in the form of “bottom-up” creativity.  Many low-income communities, while poor in financial resources, include forms of cultural capital that can become the basis for innovative contributions to more sustainable and just forms of living. This presentation will describe the intersections between generative justice and engineering thorough the NSF-funded “triple helix” project (, highlighting both successes and challenges we have encountered in developing this technosocial framework.

Bio: Dr. Ron Eglash is a Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a secondary appointment in Computer Science. He received his B.S. in Cybernetics, his M.S. in Systems Engineering, and his PhD in History of Consciousness, all from the University of California. A Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship enabled his field research on African ethnomathematics, which was published by Rutgers University Press as African Fractals: modern computing and indigenous design, and recently appeared as his TED talk. His courses range from a hands-on studio for design of educational technologies to graduate seminars in social studies of science. His “Culturally Situated Design Tools” software, offering math and computing education from indigenous and vernacular arts, is available for free at Recently funded work includes his NSF “Triple Helix” project, which brings together graduate fellows in science and engineering with local community activists and K-12 educators to seek new approaches to putting science and innovation in the service of under-served populations.


Title: "How to do transdiciplinary innovation" (in partnership with Matt Wisniowski - Associate Professor, Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech)
When: Februrary 12th, from 1:30-3:15pm
Where: ICAT Learning Studio (Room 253)