Written in direct response to the ongoing revolution in Egypt, Ibrahim El-Husseini's Commedia Al-Ahzaan (Comedy of Sorrows) follows a young university-educated Egyptian woman through a series of encounters with different members of society. Through these encounters, she comes to realize how little she understands her own country.
Director and screenwriter Deepa Mehta discusses her recent work with Salman Rushdie to adapt his 1981 novel Midnight's Children for the screen—they collaborated closely as he wrote the screenplay—including the challenges of casting 30 principal actors in India and spending days and nights in intensive workshops inspired by the ancient Indian performing arts treatise, the Natya Shastra. Mehta shares her philosophy of filmmaking and how she walks the fine line between conventional storytelling and pure instinct. Following the lecture, she is joined by Bapsi Sidhwa, who wrote the novel on which Mehta's 1998 film Earth was based, to discuss the relationship between author and filmmaker and the evolution of story from print to film.
Nicole Le Douarin (Honorary Professor, Collège de France) explores the neural crest, an important embryonic structure that appeared in primitive vertebrates.
Anthony Grafton (Princeton University), a leading cultural and intellectual historian of Renaissance Europe, speaks about important historical developments in the understanding of the Last Supper. He posits that the Christian discovery of a Jewish Jesus began not in the 19th century but in the Renaissance.
With Stephen Raudenbush, Sarah Glover, Catherine Snow, and Carol R. Johnson; moderated by Nancy E. Hill
With Henry Webber, John Fantuzzo, Margaret Weir, and Mitchell Weiss; moderated by Edward L. Glaeser
"The Molecular Basis of Human Hypertrophic and Dilated Cardiomyopathies" by James Spudich
"Movement and Motility of the Eukaryotic Cilium" by Susan K. Dutcher
With Anthony A. Braga, Daniel Linskey, Felton Earls, and Deborah Allen; moderated by Paula Johnson
With Lizabeth Cohen, David T. Ellwood, Robert J. Sampson, and Peter Meade
With Alex "Sandy" Pentland, Jennifer Tour Chayes, and Nigel Jacob; moderated by David Lazer