Emmet Brady Talk on June 5: 'Insects Run the Planet--Humans Are Only Along for the Ride'
June 5, 2012
DAVIS--Cultural entomologist Emmet Brady, the creator of the Insect News Network, will speak at an informal gathering today (Tuesday, June 5) on “Insects Run the Planet—Humans Are Only Along for the Ride" and "Cultural Entomology: A New Horizon for the Arts and Sciences."
Emmet Brady will speak on “Insects Run the Planet—Humans Are Only Along for the Ride” and "Cultural Entomology: A New Horizon for the Arts and Sciences" from 4 to 5 p.m. June 5 in the UC Davis Art Annex.
The event takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Art Annex of the UC Davis Department of Art and will be hosted by professor Robin Hill, Department of Art and Art History. (It was initially scheduled in Room 210 of the Art Building but was changed this morning.)
Brady, who recently moved to the Davis area, broadcasts his radio program in Davis on KDRT 95.7 FM (Wednesday from 4-5 p.m. and Friday from noon-1 p.m.). In 2011, Brady hosted the first-ever Bee-A-Thon, a global online marathon dedicated to raising awareness about honey bees and other pollinators.
Of his talk, Brady says that insects’ history “is really part of our history; their future, ours as well. Our civilization stands on the cusp a profound new awareness of how the microcosm operates and how we are affected by it--one that requires new media and innovative artistic expression to convey its subtlety, beauty and importance.”
The emerging field of cultural entomology, he says, “explores the parallels, connecting and influences between our two worlds, an estuary that blends the sciences and the humanities to reveal a profound and ancient relationship. Despite having been acknowledged as a bona fide field of research over 25 years ago, this third branch of insect science remains virtually uncharted.”
He considers UC Davis and the surrounding community “primed to be a hub for cultural entomology.
The June 5th event will be a “multi-media dive into that microcosm and will be part lecture, part spoken word performance, part fun interactive play,” Brady said. He will present what he calls “a connective arc between the mystical beliefs of the ancient world with leading edge scientific research using bold images, dramatic performance, video, music, and live insects.”
Brady created the Insect News Network “a few years back to profile the gamut of topics that swirl around the bug world. It's meant to be entertainment, so the topics I cover run from the practical to the compelling to the sublime.
His goal is to showcase a variety of people and places that reveal "the magnificence of the bug world." He writes a blog titled Emmet Brady's World of Art-Science Fusion.
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology