Perceptions of Promise: Exploring the Relationship of Art, Popular Culture & Science

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Art has an important role to play in the discourse around biotechnology because it can offer unique articulations of the complex, polarized and often emotionally charged responses the public has towards technology. When engaging in this kind of critical dialogue, however, it is crucial that artists and the public are properly informed by the sophisticated and rich research occurring in the biomedical and scholarly world.

Perceptions of Promise: Biotechnology, Society and Art, a touring exhibition making its final stop in Edmonton, offers viewers a compelling glimpse into a unique collaboration between scientists, scholars and artists, through visually engaging artworks that challenge viewers to consider the positive and negative possibilities of biotechnology and stem cell research.






How is biomedical research in general and stem cell research in particular portrayed in the media? Is the public getting the objective accounts of scientific developments that it needs to make informed decisions? What do the scientists think, and what can artists contribute to the conversation? 

Join us for a thought provoking panel discussion featuring scientists, artists and renowned health ethics expert and author Timothy Caulfield (The Cure for Everything!). Seating is limited—arrive early to avoid disappointment!  


  • Timothy Caulfield, Moderator, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
  • Paul Cassar, Scientist-in-Residence, Stem Cell Network
  • Sean Caulfield, Centennial Professor, Department of Art and Design, University of Alberta
  • Steven Hoffman, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University
  • Liz Ingram, Distinguished University Professor, Fine Arts, Department of Art and Design, University of Alberta

Date and Time

Saturday, November 24, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Contact Information

University of Alberta Museums




University of Alberta Museums at Enterprise Square
Main floor, 10230 Jasper Ave.