“The Living LAB” is a series of events organized by Faculty of the Psychology Department that aims to enhance our undergraduate students learning experience by opening a discussion space that bridges across neuroscience, psychology, and society. Each event of the series will be delving around one topic chosen from societally-relevant issues and invited guests will include artists, scholars, activists, and industry experts, and will be open to students, and the general public. By the conclusion of this series, we aim to a) have open a space for Faculty of Columbia University to bridge across departments and to engage with outside agents in the society, b) have attracted media attention on relevant societal issues related to psychology, and c) have made a mark on our students and scholars critical thinking and on society at large.
The first event was held on Friday, May 3rd and the invited speaker was be Ms. Isabella Rossellini. Isabella Rossellini, “the world’s most uncategorizable star” (Vanity Fair), is an actress, producer, film maker, model, philanthropist, and lifelong lover of animals. She is now studying the complexity of animal behavior at Hunter College (CUNY), where she is enrolled in the Animal Behavior Conservation graduate program. Daughter of Roberto Rossellini (Italian film director, screenwriter, producer, and father of the neorealism) and Ingrid Bergman (Swedish actress, winner of multiple Academy Awards), Ms. Rossellini recent artistical and cultural production diligently and funnily spans across animal behavior, going from “waist down” (e.g., Green Porno, a series of web shorts produced for the Sundance Channel) to “waist up” (e.g., her recent book “My Chickens and I” and her solo piece “Link Link Circus”). The Living LAB1 was about her, her graceful attitude, genuine educational approach, and excellent scientific communication skills, and is and is the opportunity to critically think about similarities and differences between animal and human cognition that students, scholars, and general public shouldn’t miss. #WomenInSTEM @ColumbiaPsyc; #TheLivingLAB; info: firstname.lastname@example.org