For all of choreographer Liz Lerman’s life, the arts have helped her better understand others and the world around her.

Lerman, also a performer, author and winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 2002, will discuss the impact of the arts on life, science, prisons, health care and other topics at an Arts@UCF lecture Monday, March 18.

Lerman will present her free program, “The Great Convergence: Integrating the Arts Across the Campus and in the Community,” at 7 p.m. at the Orlando Repertory Theatre in Loch Haven Park, 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando.

The lifelong dancer has long believed that the arts are natural partners with courses, places and people, and that all art forms expand and transform traditional ideas and thinking.

Through the years, Lerman also has worked with the young, elderly, sick, homeless and others to show how the arts are integral to all aspects of life. She has been commissioned for projects by the Lincoln Center, American Dance Festival, Harvard Law School, the Kennedy Center and others.

This Arts@UCF program is hosted by the College of Arts & Humanities, and sponsored by The Pabst Charitable Foundation for the Arts, the UCF Foundation Inc., and the College of Education.