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Eugenia Lean explores how unlikely individuals devised unconventional, homegrown approaches to industry and science in early twentieth-century China.

In early twentieth-century China, Chen Diexian (1879–1940) was a maverick entrepreneur—at once a prolific man of letters and captain of industry, a magazine editor and cosmetics magnate. He tinkered with chemistry in his private studio, used local cuttlefish to source magnesium carbonate, and published manufacturing tips in how-to columns. In a rapidly changing society, Chen copied foreign technologies and translated manufacturing processes from abroad to produce adaptations of global commodities that bested foreign brands. Engaging in the worlds of journalism, industry, and commerce, he drew on literati practices associated with late-imperial elites but deployed them in novel ways within a culture of educated tinkering that generated industrial innovation.

Justin Clarke-Doane explores arguments for and against moral realism and mathematical realism, how they interact, and what they can tell us about areas of philosophical interest more generally. He argues that, contrary to widespread belief, our mathematical beliefs have no better claim to being self-evident or provable than our moral beliefs.

Keynote Performance by Courtney Bryan & Closing Remarks

Geri Allen: Feed the Fire Keynote Session, Poetry Reading by Fred Moten, and Remembering Geri Allen Panel 5

Panels 3 & 4: Flying Toward the Sound: Geri Allen's Work in Telematics & Some Aspects of Water: Reflections on Geri Allen's Legacy  

Panel 2: The Power of Geri Allen Continued + Panelist Q&A

Opening Remarks and Panel 1: The Power of Geri Allen