Lecture / Discussion | Endless Forms Most Beautiful: James Bunn
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7 pm
James Bunn, University at Buffalo professor emeritus of English, and Anthony Bannon, director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, will begin the evening by discussing the international leadership of the UB English department during the 1960s and 1970s. Then Jim will talk about his latest book, The Natural Law of Cycles: Governing the Mobile Symmetries of Animals and Machines. He will discuss his discovery of cyclical principles in both the arts and the sciences, with some familiar and some surprising illustrations. The Natural Law of Cycles: Governing the Mobile Symmetries of Animals and Machines will be available for sale and signing.
Jim Bunn was a member of the UB English Department from 1969 to 2009. He taught semiotics, 18th-century and romantic literature, utopias, and for the last dozen years or so, environmental literature. From 1981-1984, he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Letters and then for the next three years he was the first Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. During that time, he was part of the most sweeping General Education program among public universities. His books include The Dimensionality of Signs, Tools, and Models (Indiana University Press), Wave Forms: A Natural Syntax for Rhythmic Languages (Stanford University Press), and The Natural Law of Cycles: Governing Mobile Symmetries of Animals and Machines (Transactions Publishers).
This event is free with gallery admission.