Pictured: A scene from Ellen Reid’s Pulitzer-prize winning opera p r i s m. Photo: Noah Stern Weber.

Recovering the Future

March 30 • 5 PM (Pacific) • Online

Tickets are free and open to the public for this special online engagement.

First 100 to RSVP using code “RECOVERY” receive a gift worth $50

You are invited to the first in a series of critical conversations dealing with the pressing issues of the day. Featuring Carl Grunfeld, MD–PhD and Ellen Reid. Hosted by Andrew Vosko, PhD.

What can a Pulitzer Prize-winning artist teach us about healing? What can a distinguished physician-scientist teach us about creativity? What can collective trauma teach us about ourselves? Don’t miss this conversation about the post- pandemic world with two distinguished luminaries who will suggest ways that art and science inform our journey from here to there.

Our world is poised to contemplate a post-pandemic way of life. How will we rebuild? What issues and initiatives will spearhead our recovery?

ARTxSCIENCE features creative, highly accomplished individuals from a wide range of backgrounds who are well-equipped to discuss these pressing issues. The first conversation will explore trauma and healing from both artistic and scientific perspectives.

Please join us as we challenge commonly held beliefs and discuss ways to enrich the communities in which we live and work. Audience members will be able to submit questions for the speakers.


Ellen Reid

Ellen Reid is one of the most innovative artists of her generation. A composer and sound artist whose breadth of work spans opera, sound design, film scoring, ensemble and choral writing, she was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her opera, p r i s m.

Along with composer Missy Mazzoli, Ellen co-founded the Luna Composition Lab. Luna Lab is a mentorship program for young self-identified female, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming composers. Since the fall of 2019, she has served as Creative Advisor and Composer-in-Residence for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Ellen received her BFA from Columbia College, Columbia University and her MA from California Institute of the Arts. She is inspired by music from all over the globe, and she splits her time between her two favorite cities – Los Angeles and New York. Her music is released on Decca Gold.

Carl Grunfeld

Carl Grunfeld is an internationally recognized scientist and physician known for his work on AIDS during the height of the pandemic in the 1980s and 1990s. His research lab was instrumental in developing the modern understanding of AIDS wasting, showed that wasting itself was not terminal, and developed therapies to slow or reverse wasting. 

Working with men his age and younger who had been healthy, but were now so ill, had profound effects on Grunfeld. He attended many funerals, often as the person helping parents come to terms with who their child was.

Carl Grunfeld obtained an MD and a PhD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  He did his medical residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in endocrinology at the National Institutes of Health.  He is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Andrew Vosko

The ARTxSCIENCE series is hosted by Andrew Vosko, an associate provost and director of the Transdisciplinary Studies program at Claremont Graduate University. He earned his bachelor of science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a dual concentration in Japanese Language & Literature and Biopsychology & Cognitive Science, and PhD in neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he trained in the Laboratory of Circadian and Sleep Medicine, Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology, and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center.

Since 2012, Vosko has taught neuroscience, physiology, histology, and medical ethics to students across a diverse range of professional tracks, including integrative health and osteopathic medicine. He has had faculty oppointments at Southern California University of Health Sciences, where he also served as Chair of Basic Sciences, as well as at Rocky Vista University, where he was director of faculty development. His current research interests include biomedical, interprofessional and transdisciplinary education; medical humanities; gender and sexual minority health care; and bio-behavioral sleep medicine.

Vosko’s scholarly work involves topics that range from neural circuit function to epistemology in health care education, and he has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Most recently, he has also served on the American Association of Medical Colleges Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development, where he worked to promote inclusion of gender and sexual minority health care needs into medical curricula.


This conversation series features creative, highly accomplished individuals from a wide range of backgrounds who are well-equipped to discuss these pressing issues. Produced with support from the DEW Foundation.