Active Cultures: November 18
Friday, November 18, 2011 at 7:30 PM (PST)
6 p.m. Galleries and Store open
7:30 p.m. Auditorium lounge open
8 p.m. First speaker begins
Come out of hibernation for a dynamic winter series that explores the diverse cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands through food, drink, art, film and history. Each evening pairs two experts presenting on their areas of expertise, opening up conversation with each other and the audience.
Buddhist Geeks: Uniting Technology and Wisdom with Vincent Horn
Vincent Horn is a co-founder and director of the innovative media project Buddhist Geeks. He will explore the interdisciplinary insights to be gained by combining geek culture’s radical experimentation, facility with external technologies, and forward-thinking with Buddhism’s wisdom of the human condition, mind-training systems, and familiarity with the inner world.
Cultural Identity and The Modern Sounds of Indonesia with Cory Combs
Traditional styles of music like gamelan are closely associated with cultural identity in Indonesia. Popular modern music of the region, however, reflects a wide range of influences, both local and international. San Francisco-based bassist and composer Cory Combs will speak about and share clips of the modern sounds of Indonesia, including kroncong, dangdut, protest music, and Indonesian hip-hop, broadly considering how music represents a nation.
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