Talking about Seeing Truth

Seeing Truth with Beverly Penn and Michael Willig

Scientist Michael Willig (UConn) and artist Beverly Penn (Texas State University) discuss weeds, sculpture, seeing truth, the tree of life, and what artists and scientists can teach each other. Co-sponsored by the Abrahamic Story of the Tree project.

Seeing Truth with Manuel Lima

Seeing Truth and the Abrahamic Story of the Tree present a conversation with Designer and author Manuel Lima about “The Tree Diagram: Mapping Branches of Knowledge.”

Seeing Truth with Stephon Alexander

Alexis Boylan talks to physicist Stephon Alexander about his book, Fear of a Black Universe, the importance of outsiders for the advancement of science, and more.

Seeing Truth with Alexis Rockman

Artist Alexis Rockman and Alexis Boylan discuss eco-art, dinosaurs, going on expeditions, and more.

Seeing Truth with Max Liboiron

Max Liboiron is founder and director of the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR) and associate professor of Geography at Memorial University. In this interview, they discuss their book, Pollution is Colonialism, indigenous science, activism, and the limits of critique.

Seeing Truth with Penelope Umbrico

Artist Penelope Umbrico explores tyrannical photographs, the moon, and working with found images.

Seeing Truth with Joel Sweimler

American Museum of Natural History's Joel Sweimler describes research rabbit holes, working with collections, and the role of art in a natural history museum.

Seeing Truth with Chris Newell

Chris Newell, co-founder and director of education for Akomawt Educational Initiative, and Alexis Boylan discuss museums, joy, and using colonial tools to tell decolonial stories.

Seeing Truth with Dexter Gabriel

Dexter Gabriel, professor of History at UConn, who writes fiction under the name P. Djèlí Clark, and Alexis Boylan discuss the power of speculative fiction, the promise of science, and more.

Seeing Truth with Sarah Willen

Sarah Willen, professor of Anthropology at UConn, and Alexis Boylan discuss Picturing the Pandemic, an exhibition of images from the Pandemic Journaling Project. The exhibition is a partnership between the Pandemic Journaling Project (PJP), which Sarah co-founded, and Seeing Truth. Their conversation covers topics that touch both exhibits—the practice of journaling, what it means to be an artist, the fact that all knowledge-makers have bodies, and more.

Seeing Truth with Bernard Goffinet and Eric Schultz

Bernard Goffinet and Eric Schultz are both professors in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut, where they are responsible for the Biodiversity Research Collections. In this conversation, they discuss the collection, why it matters for scientists, and how science creates truth.

Seeing Truth with Romita Ray

Romita Ray is associate professor of Art and Music Histories at Syracuse University. In this video she and Alexis Boylan discuss plant humanities, hoolock gibbons, big cats, and all things tea.

Seeing Truth with Valerie Hegarty

Valerie Hegarty is a visual artist. In this video she and Alexis Boylan talk the politics of art, artifacts, clipper ships, silver, and why everyone loves seashells.

Seeing Truth with Jane Wildgoose

Jane Wildgoose is an artist, writer and researcher, and the keeper of the Wildgoose Memorial Library. In this video she and Alexis Boylan talk collecting, death studies, the difference between a library and a museum, practice-based research and more.

Seeing Truth with Wendy Chun

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media at Simon Fraser University and author of Discriminating Data, and Alexis Boylan discuss the relationship between truth and the scientific method, how we can reimagine museums and archives, and what a drawing of gorilla musculature teaches us about how we see truth.

Seeing Truth with Alexis Boylan

Professor of Art History and Africana Studies, Alexis L. Boylan, explains the Seeing Truth exhibition, which takes objects from the archives of the American Museum of Natural History and asks what they teach us about the visual representation of truth, how museums make knowledge, and what the relationship is between science and art.