Dorrance Lecture Series: Humanities Innovators in a Tech World

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:30pm
Integrated Learning Center, 120

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Sponsored by the Dorrance Scholarship Programs, the College of Humanities presents "Humanities Innovators in a Tech World," the first symposium in the Dorrance Lecture Series. 

As technological advances bring us closer to a digital future, the humanities remain a vital part of understanding the world. In the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the fusion of technologies is blurring the differences between the physical, digital and biological. Big data, artificial intelligence and robotics will present grand challenges that need the perspective and context of the humanities. Join us for a conversation about the ways human skills, human knowledge and human ingenuity can make the most of these technological breakthroughs.

The symposium takes place on Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Integrated Learning Center, room 120. The symposium is free and open to the public. 

Thursday speakers include: 

Kevin Hainline, Steward Observatory postdoctoral researcher: “Why We Study The Universe: From the Big Bang To You”

Kevin Shaw, CTO and Founder, Algorithmic Intuition: “Exponential Technology, Machine Learning and their impact on the 21st Century”

Andra Keay, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics: “Being an Older Woman in a Room Full of Robots”

Friday speakers include: 

Scott Hartley, author of the 2017 bestseller The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World: “Humanizing our Technology.”

Catie Cuan, performer, choreographer, and technologist: “‘Dancing’ Robots: Choreographing Humans and Machines”

Tyler Meier, Executive Director, UA Poetry Center: “Attention and Abstraction: Poetry in the Digital Age”

Humanities Innovators in a Tech World | YouTube Video Playlist


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