Da Vinci Days celebrating creativity at SIUC
When an event is named for Leonardo da Vinci, you know you're in for a lot of intelligence, innovation and creativity.
With that in mind, Southern lllinois Carbondale will showcase its best and brightest during its annual Da Vinci Days celebration from April 3 through 7.
“The aim is, specifically, to highlight some of the most innovative and creative research done on campus," H.D. Motyl, interim chair of the Department of Radio, Television and Digital Media, said. “We are maintaining some of the traditional aspects of the research week with a wider cast of the celebration to include more humanities and arts, and even to include the intersection of all of the areas of research. We want to really bring together the art and sciences and see how they complement one another or feed off of one another.”
A big part of the event is the 15th Annual Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Forum, which takes place on April 3, but other attractions include inventions by the school’s award-winning robotics team and performances by the concert choir.
“We’re hoping that the spirit of Da Vinci Days becomes infectious and that other folks will want to be part of the event, and that the week will grow to be almost too full of events,” Motyl said. “So full, maybe, that we’ll have to go to two weeks, or a month. We know the innovation and creativity is out there, and we’re ready to celebrate it, year after year.”
It’s not all about serious invention, though. "A Bard and Some Beer" covers the history of beer and beer making, including a reading of poetry all about beer.
More information is available at http://davincidays.siu.edu.