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Leonardo Multidisciplinary Lightning Rounds


Leonardo the Empiricist: Multidisciplinary Lightning Rounds
Thursday, November 14, 2019  6-7:30pm

Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium


The J. Willard Marriott Library is collaborating with partners across campus in order to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. The event will take place on Thursday, November 14th at 6:00 PM in the Gould Auditorium. The program’s goal is to explore Leonardo’s ongoing multidisciplinary impact through a series of ‘Lightning Rounds’ that view his legacy from the perspective of several branches of learning.

Featured speakers include:

  • Mario Capecchi, Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine (2007) “Leonardo da Vinci – A personal view”
  • David Morton, Neurobiology and Anatomy “Body of Work: Da Vinci’s Contribution to the World of Medicine”
  • Erik Gross, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Propulsion Systems Division “From Da Vinci to Artemis”
  • Alexandra (Alex) Hesse, Executive Director, The Leonardo Museum
  • Luise Poulton, Marriott Library Curator, Rare Books.

Lightning Rounds implies the presentations will be succinct (20-25 minutes) and diverse to reveal numerous facets of the Italian polymath’s genius. Leonardo’s accomplishments include invention, drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.

In addition, there will be a Marriott Library Rare Books Onsite Exhibit curated by Luise Poulton, Marriott Library Curator, Rare Books.

For questions, contact Randy Silverman at or 801-585-6782

Last Updated: 6/30/21