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Reaching for the Stars: A Forum on Music Education.  In Conjunction with the Intergalactic Nemesis: Book One: Target Earth, November 13, 2013

Reaching for the Stars:
Turning STEM to STEAM—Enlivening Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Through Arts Integration

Wed, Nov 13, 2013
11 am SchoolTime Performance, Zellerbach Hall
12:15–1:30 pm Brown Bag Lunch, Zellerbach Lobby Mezzanine
1:45–7 pm, Conference, Zellerbach Hall

$30 with the SchoolTime performance of Intergalactic Nemesis/Book One: Target Earth/or $25 conference only.

Cal Performances' second annual forum on the importance of the arts in education begins with the live-action, science fiction, graphic novel Intergalactic Nemesis/Book One: Target Earth. Then, scientists, artists, and educators explore arts-based approaches to academic subjects with a focus on science, literacy, and project-based learning. Presented in association with the Alameda County Arts Commission and Creative Impact, a Bay Area alliance of arts educators dedicated to strengthening, enriching, and improving the social fabric of our community through arts education.

$30 includes one seat at the SchoolTime performance of The Intergalactic Nemesis/Book One: Target Earth. ($25 for forum only)

For more information contact or 510.642.3691 or visit our Discover/Engage section

The Intergalactic Nemesis/Book One: Target Earth

A science fiction comic book come to life onstage as a vintage-style radio play, The Intergalactic Nemesis is a theater production single-handedly defining the new genre of "live-action graphic novel." The family-friendly show features live actors, hand-drawn comic-book artwork projected two stories high, and fun retro Foley sound effects, with a live keyboard score. The story, packed with pop culture references to cult favorites like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars, pits three heroes against a force of alien sludge monsters set to invade Earth, in a spectacle the Austinist describes as "totally nuts and a ton of fun!"

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Reaching for the Stars: Composing an Arts Rich Education

Turning STEM to STEAM — Enlivening Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through Arts Integration


A hands-on approach to taking your curriculum from STEM to STEAM

  • Consider how the disciplinary practices of artists and scientists are related, and how these shared attributes are mutually reinforced through an arts rich curriculum.

  • Experience the role of experimentation in learning by participating in a Foley Sound experiment with the creator of Intergalactic Nemesis, Jason Neulander.

  • Hear from leading scientists and entrepreneurs about how art is intertwined in their lives and work, including a Key Note talk by Kenneth Goldberg, an artist, writer, inventor, and researcher in the field of robotics and automation at the University of California at Berkeley.

  • Explore the role of imagination in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and the role of experimentation in creating a work of art, in a discussion facilitated by Sabrina Klein, a nationally respected arts education specialist, performance artist Violet Juno, and teaching artist and Cal Performances Arts Education Manager, Rica Anderson.

  • Learn about one district's implementation and outcomes of a STEAM curriculum in Campbell Union School District in partnership with the Montalvo Art Center.

  • Attend the SchoolTime performance, then meet with peers at an Arts Education Brown Bag Lunch for an open conversation exploring the intersection of art and science; the implications of STEAM in the classroom and beyond; the ways in which we already link the arts and sciences in our own work; and how we can move forward with a vision to bring STEAM into every school.

For more information contact or 510.642.3691

Reaching for the Stars: Composing an Arts Rich Education

Turning STEM to STEAM — Enlivening Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through Arts Integration


Jason Neulander is the Creator and Director of The Intergalactic Nemesis, a rising star artist whose works Book 1:Target Earth and Book 2: Robot Planet Rising are currently touring the US, Canada, and the UK; sold out the Kennedy Center, and were a hit on Broadway. A third installment is on the way.

Key Note speaker Kenneth Goldberg is an artist, writer, inventor, and researcher in the field of robotics and automation. He is craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media at the University of California at Berkeley, where he and his students investigate robotics, art, and social media. Goldberg directs the Automation Sciences Research lab and is Faculty Director of the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative. Goldberg earned dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (1984) and MS and PhD degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (1990). He joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1995 where he is Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR), with secondary appointments in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science (EECS), Art Practice, the School of Information, and in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the UCSF Medical School.

Goldberg has published over 170 peer-reviewed technical papers on algorithms for robotics, automation, and social information filtering; his inventions have been awarded eight US Patents. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), Co-Founder of the African Robotics Network (AFRON), Co-Founder of the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM), Co-Founder and CTO of Hybrid Wisdom Labs, Co-Founder of the Moxie Institute, and Founding Director of UC Berkeley's Art, Technology, and Culture Lecture Series.

Goldberg's art installations are related to his research and have been exhibited at venues such as the Whitney Biennial, Berkeley Art Museum, SF Contemporary Jewish Museum, Pompidou Center, Buenos Aires Biennial, and the ICC in Tokyo. Goldberg co-wrote three award-winning Sundance documentary films, "The Tribe," "Yelp," and "Connected: An Autoblogography of Love, Death, and Technology." His artwork is represented by the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.

Goldberg was awarded the Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1995 by President Clinton, the National Science Foundation Faculty Fellowship in 1994, the Joseph Engelberger Robotics Award in 2000, and elected IEEE Fellow in 2005. Goldberg lives in the Bay Area with his daughters and wife, filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain.

Sabrina Klein is a theatre artist, educator, researcher and a mother (not necessarily in that order). All her life's training has brought her to the belief (for which she sees daily proof) that artists and art-making truly make the world a better place. Through her many roles—most recently as part time Executive Director of Teaching Artists Organized, and previously as Executive Director of the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts in Berkeley, theatre director, director of Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Programs, writing and theater teacher at UC Berkeley and Harvard University, and as a teacher-educator bringing artists in to Bay Area classrooms since 2000—she has worked with partners to find ways to articulate the values that artists share with other artists, parents, business leaders, politicians, educators and other community members. She is committed to not-for-profit arts, education and services organizations and the government entities that serve them.

As founder of Creative Education Consulting, Sabrina has facilitated community conversations with over 50 nonprofit and education organizations, learning about what really matters to people in their work and helping them plan to act on those values in a meaningful and sustainable way.

Violet Juno is a Performance and Teaching Artist, and serves as Program Coordinator at the Alameda County Arts Commission.

Rica Anderson is Education Programs Manager and a Teaching Artist at Cal Performances. She runs the K-12 Education programs and is currently an apprentice at the Alameda County Office of Education Integrated Learning Specialist Program

Representing a successful artist partnership, Montalvo Arts Center's Angela McConnell, Executive Director, and Charlee Wagner, Education Director, with Dr. Eric Andrew, Superintendent of Campbell Union School District and Campbell STEAM teachers.

Milton Chen has been a leading figure in educational media for more than 20 years. He joined The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF) as Executive Director in 1998, bringing new leadership to its mission of gathering and disseminating the most innovative models of K-12 teaching and learning in the Digital Age. A nonprofit foundation, GLEF shares new vision through its multimedia website, award-winning magazine, Edutopia: The New World of Learning, and a comprehensive library of documentary films.

Prior to joining GLEF, Dr. Chen was the founding director of the KQED Center for Education & Lifelong Learning (PBS) in San Francisco, managing their web content and the delivery of educational services for teachers, parents, and community groups in support of public TV programming. He has been a director of research at the Children's Television Workshop in New York, and a director of research at Sesame Workshop where he worked on Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and 3-2-1 Contact. Dr. Chen has served as an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and as a consultant to Children Now, Educational Development Center, The Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education, and Scholastic. An authority in several areas, Dr. Chen's interests span everything from project-based learning and social/emotional learning to global learning, technology, and research on educational innovation. He has authored more than 30 books, chapters, and articles on educational media.

Dr. Chen currently serves as chair of the advisory council for the new Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at St. Vincent College in Pennsylvania, and is a trustee of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to environmental conservation, education, and stewardship. He has chaired NHK's Japan Prize jury for educational TV and co-chaired the US Department of Education's Technology Expert Panel. In 2007, he joined a group of 35 Fulbright New Century Scholars working on innovation, access, and diversity issues in education, spending three months in the United Kingdom at University of Edinburgh. He has been honored by the Congressional Black Caucus, PBS, Sesame Workshop, Parents' Choice, and the Fred Rogers Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Dr. Chen received an AB in social studies from Harvard College and an MA and PhD in communication research from Stanford University.


Wed, Nov 13
Venue: Zellerbach Hall

$30 (forum and SchoolTime)
$25 (forum only)

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