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500th Anniversary of the Death of Leonardo da Vinci

An evening to explore da Vinci's ongoing multidisciplinary impact with featured speaker Mario Capecchi, Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine.

The J. Willard Marriott Library is collaborating with partners across campus in order to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. The event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. in the Gould Auditorium. The program’s goal is to explore Da Vinci’s ongoing multidisciplinary impact through a series of “Lightning Rounds” that view his legacy from the perspective of several branches of learning.

Guest speaker Mario Capecchi, Nobel laureate, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine (2007)

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Featured speakers include:

  • Mario Capecchi, Nobel laureate, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine (2007), “Leonardo da Vinci–A personal view”
  • David Morton, neurobiology and anatomy, “Body of Work: Da Vinci’s Contribution to the World of Medicine”
  • Erik Gross, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Propulsion Systems Division, “From Da Vinci to Artemis”
  • Alexandra (Alex) Hesse, executive director, The Leonardo Museum
  • Luise Poulton, Marriott Library curator, Rare Books

“Lightning rounds” implies the presentations will be succinct (20-25 minutes) and diverse to reveal numerous facets of the Italian polymath’s genius. Da Vinci’s accomplishments include invention, drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history and cartography.

In addition, there will be a Marriott Library Rare Books Onsite Exhibit curated by Poulton.

For more information about this event, please contact Randy Silverman.