Anyone in Golden Gate Park’s Botanical Gardens this past weekend surely came across a few pianos there, among the dozen temporarily planted in the Arboretum for the July 2015 event dubbed, simply, “Flower Piano.” Behind each ivory keyboard sat either a “scheduled pianist,” as the official announcement put it, or bold amateurs who chose this public venue to add their own mainly classical notes, which reverberated in the Garden.
Mariana K. Leal Ferreira (Ph.D. UC Berkeley--UC San Francisco, joint degree in 1996) is a medical anthropologist from Brazil using Critical Theory, including Theater and Pedagogy of the Oppressed, to protect the human rights of Indigenous Peoples and other minorities in North and South America. Her most recent books include Mapping Time, Space and the Body.
I hold a Ph.D. in Physics from the Brazilian Center for Research in Physics, Rio de Janeiro, in 1991, under the advisement of Francisco Antonio Doria and Newton da Costa. After my Ph.D., I spent three years as a researcher at the Institute for Mathematical Studies in the Social Sciences, Stanford University.