Chromatic: Ten Meditations on Crisis in Art and Letters is a collection of essays and illustrations as diverse as the subject of crisis itself. Imagined and brought to life by the 2020 Wall Scholars during their time at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC, Chromatic asks what it means to be in crisis and grapples with the personal and societal impacts of crisis during a time of unprecedented global upheaval. The result is a book that juxtaposes gorgeous, colourful illustrations with writing that will surprise and challenge you, outrage, and enlighten you. From a precise discussion of a nuclear crisis in Japan, to a satirical listicle about corporate academia, to an ICU doctor’s poetic response to COVID-19, each contributor to this diverse collection takes a profoundly different approach to writing about crisis, yet fascinating and unexpected connections emerge.
Purang Abolmaesumi’s research is at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence, Healthcare, and Biomedical Engineering. Jennifer Black is an expert in the complex social and contextual factors that shape the health of individuals, communities, and our environment. Lara Boyd is a Neuroscientist and directs the Brain Behaviour Lab at UBC. Carrie Jenkins is a philosopher whose practice mixes research, public engagement, and creative writing in criss-crossing genres of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. Hoi Kong is an expert in constitutional law. M.V. Ramana is the Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security. Steven Reynolds practices critical care medicine at the Royal Columbian Hospital. Michelle Stack is an expert in equity and education. Her latest book is Global University Ranking and the Politics of Knowledge. Sheila Teves integrates molecular biology, genomics, and imaging approaches to study embryonic stem cell biology and transcription regulation. Y-Dang Troeung is an expert in critical refugee studies.
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