VN ALexander will be available to give public lectures through the New York Council for the Humanities. Qualifying non-profit organizations in New York State can apply online at nyhumanities.org
PUBLIC SCHOLAR, NOV 2015 – NOV 2017
Alexander will be lecturing on the following topics: Continue reading “Dactyl Director, VN Alexander, selected to be Public Scholar for the NY Council for the Humanities”
“I was pleased to discover in myself an uncanny knack for interpreting the hermetic language of alchemy, as if my book learning had been but a preparation for decrypting enigmatic texts, reading meaning into that which, on the surface, seemed meaningless.”
So says the unnamed narrator of Charles Davis’ The Pilgrim of Love: a ludibrium, an obsessively researched and elaborately plotted parody of an historical romance. (Parody, as I understand the term, is best written by an author who actually loves his target, but who can put some ironic distance between himself and his subject.) The story is set in the abbey of the legendary Mont Michel in 1621, when the absence of roadway access meant visiting pilgrims had to make their way around quicksand between dangerously unpredictable tides. The landscape always plays an important and often symbolic role in Davis’ novels. The pilgrims must interpret the patterns in the sand to avoid sinking in the lise.
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April 12, 2014
Based on a talk at the Leonardo Art and Science Rendezvous (LASER) meeting in NYC, Victoria N Alexander, PhD discusses how scientists can benefit from interaction with artists. This is the second video in the “Science, Art and Biosemiotics” series, produced and directed by Lucian Rex.
This video features painting, Epiphany, 1998 by James Gilroy
Friday April 2, 2010, 4-6 PM
Victoria Alexander will give a 30 min talk at 5PM
Secular Teleology for the 21st Century
In a teleological narrative, all the events depicted, or at least the key ones, are chosen and included because of the way they reflect, refract, or prefigure a general theme of the story or the end of the story, the resolution of a problem. There is usually progression or development. Events exist in the story because of the purpose they serve. Critics of “teleological” narratives may claim that “realistic” representation should capture a world in Continue reading “CompostModern Forum: featured member Victoria N. Alexander”