Versefest Ottawa, 2017

Finalist for the 2016 Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language/Finalistes du Prix de poésie Trillium en langue anglaise.

Imaginative thinking is central to the practice of every person working in the scientific, creative and humanistic fields and disciplines—in every aspect of human endeavour. Philosopher Roberto Mangabeira Unger wrote that the “imagination is the scout of the will, anticipating how we might get to the there—or to different theres—from here.” This conversation between Lee Smolin, a theoretical physicist, Jaron Lanier, a technology pioneer and musician, and Madhur Anan, a literary writer and scientist, explores the role of the imagination in their diverse practices. How does this capacity enable them to see and to reveal new possibilities for the world?
Words Festival presents a reading & dialogue with poet and scientist Madhur Anand & poet and physician Shane Neilson! Our "In Conversation" sessions at Words Festival offer a unique combination of author readings, moderated dialogue, and questions from the audience!
Madhur Anand is an internationally-recognized scientist and professor with over 45 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Ecological Change at the University of Guelph. Her research in forest ecology, ecological modeling and biodiversity spans several countries including Israel, Europe, India, China, Brazil and the USA.