Origami Master to Lecture Locally and in the Twin Cities

Posted on February 25th, 2011 by

Robert J. Lang, who is serving as the 2010-2011 Distinguished Rydell Professor at Gustavus will return to campus the week of March 7 for a series of public lectures and classroom visits.

  • On March 7 from 7-9 p.m., Lang will give a Gallery Talk in the Hillstrom Museum of Art as a part of the exhibition of his works in the museum.
  • On Tuesday evening, March 8, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall of the Johnson Student Union, Lang will present a campus lecture, “From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Mathematics of Origami.” A reception and book-signing opportunity will follow his talk.

Lang will also give a public lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10 at the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) in St. Paul, Minn. In the SMM Auditorium, attendees will meet and hear this noted physicist, foremost origami artist, and theorist discuss “From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Mathematics of Origami.” A reception in the SMM Elements Cafe will follow the talk. Seating for this event is limited, so advance reservations are requested at gustavustickets.com or by calling Gustavus marketing at 507-933-7520 or the science museum at 651-221-4511.

Lang co-taught a Gustavus January Interim Experience course titled “Mathematics and Origami” with Gustavus professors Barbara Kaiser and Carolyn Dobler of the mathematics and computer science department. An exhibition of his masterful works opened Feb. 14 in the Hillstrom Museum of Art at Gustavus. Many-Fold Manifolds: Engineered Origami by Robert J. Lang is on view in the museum of art through April 21.

Established by the Drs. Robert E. and Susan T. Rydell, this professorship at Gustavus is a scholar-in-residence program designed to bring Nobel laureates and similarly distinguished scholars to the campus as a catalyst for enhancing student learning and teaching.


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