Art and Science Come Together in the Library with “The Marine Sublime” on Nov. 2

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RSVP here or by calling (213) 740-1744.

On Wednesday, November 2, art and science come together in the library as Margaret Wertheim curates The Marine Sublime, her first event as the USC Libraries' inaugural Discovery Fellow.

The event starts at 4:00 p.m. in Doheny Memorial Library's Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall. Wertheim, a science writer, curator, and director of the Institute For Figuring, will moderate a discussion about the intersections of art, science, nature, and culture with filmmaker David Lebrun and independent curator Marina McDougall.

Lebrun is the director of Proteus. The acclaimed 2004 documentary film explored the world of radiolaria, microscopic marine organisms, as captured in the works of 19th-century biologist and illustrator Ernst Haeckel:

An adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts, McDougall co-edited Science is Fiction: The Films of Jean Painlevé (available for check-out from Leavey Library) and organized the first retrospective of the French director’s pioneering underwater films in the United States. Watch Part 1 of Painlevé's 1929 film, Crabes et Crevettes, below:

The program will include a viewing of rare editions of Ernst Haeckel’s writings and illustrations from the libraries’ special collections and an introduction by a USC marine biologist. A reception with refreshments will immediately follow the event. RSVP here or by calling (213) 740-1744. For more information, please contact Patty Johnson at (213) 821-1153 or

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