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500 Years of Innovation

Submitted on February 17, 2020 - 4:00pm
Ana Mari Cauce at Leonardo event
UW President Ana Mari Cauce welcomes guests during the Leonardo DaVinci event on December 11, 2019. Media credit: Pamela Doer

It was a dark and rainy December night in Seattle, in the midst of finals week at the University of Washington. The campus was noticeably quieter than usual as students completed exams and faculty feverishly graded papers. But on this dark December evening, over 800 people flocked to Kane Hall, eager to learn more about an innovator who paired art and science in ways never before experienced: Leonardo DaVinci.

To commemorate the life of DaVinci and put the “Renaissance Man” in a modern context, the University of Washington invited Domenico Laurenza, author and scholar…

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