We're excited to announce our first episode of Ars Technica Live, a monthly interview series with fascinating people who work at the intersections of tech, science, and culture. Join us in Oakland, California, Wednesday, April 20, 7 to 9pm, for a discussion with anthropologist Krish Seetah about the complicated history of meat-eating and animal butchery.
Filmed before a live audience in Oakland tiki bar Longitude (347 14th St., Oakland, California), each episode of Ars Technica Live is a speculative, informal conversation between your fine hosts Annalee Newitz and Cyrus Farivar and an invited guest. The audience—that would be YOU—is also invited to join the conversation and ask questions. These aren’t soundbyte setups; they are deepcuts from the frontiers of research and creativity.
April’s event is about the scientific study of meat-eating, from the first archaeological traces of humans hunting other animals, to our contemporary obsession with locally sourced meat and paleo diets. Guest Krish Seetah is a Stanford anthropologist and former butcher who is working on a book about the history of meat.
Come to Longitude at 7pm to say hi, go upstairs for the live taping from 7:30 to 8:00, and then join us back at the bar for drinking and informal chat. Can't make it out to Oakland on Wednesday? Never fear! Episodes will posted to Ars Technica the week after the live events.
Ars Technica Live got started after we had an amazing time at Longitude interviewing linguist Nick Farmer about how he created the Belter language for our favorite new sci-fi TV series, The Expanse. A lot of you showed up, and the interview was incredibly fun (also educational of course!)—so we decided we needed to do it every month, with a different expert.
Find out more on the Facebook event page. If you want to plan ahead, the next Ars Technica Live will be on May 18, and it features tech law professor and surveillance expert Elizabeth Joh.