Get ready to turn on your brain at a lecture series inspired by Leonardo da Vinci

The Discovery Center of Idaho has created a series of discussions by artists, engineers and scientists called “Da Vinci Dialogues” to engage adults in latest exhibit “Leonardo da Vinci: Man-Inventor-Genius, Man-Artist-Genius.”

The lecture series will bring together Boise State University experts and professors from different disciplines within the colleges of Arts & Sciences and Engineering and the Arts & Humanities Institute and STEM Station. They will discuss da Vinci's life, work and art from different perspectives to offer context for how it relates to today's world.

The four salons will each start at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to give you a chance to see the exhibit. Light appetizers will be served and there will be a cash bar. Tickets are $25 each or $75 for the series. Click here to purchase.

Aug. 14: “You Don’t Get Answers if You Don’t Ask Questions”: Instructional designer Quincy Conley and philosopher Stephen Crowley will discuss da Vinci’s epic failures, incredible contributions and lasting influence.

Sept. 11: “Cultures of Invention”: Artist Dan Scott, materials scientist Will Hughes, art historian Muffet Jones and mechanical engineer John Gardner will explore environments in which innovators thrive.

Oct. 9: “Throwing Away the Lines”: Historian Lisa McClain and sociologist Don Winiecki will discuss how da Vinci not only crossed over into new areas to redefine art, invention and observation.

Nov. 13: “The Construction of Art and Artists”: Materials scientist Darryl Butt and art historian Janice Neri discuss the material artists use, and how cultural heritage may be reverse engineered to the point that a man becomes an untouchable legend.

 You can read a story about the exhibit here.