Lancaster Campus, Humanities Symposium--"The Future: Question, Imagine, Believe"
Date: Tuesday March 13, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location: Lancaster Campus, East Building, Room 203
Contact Name: Cindy Rose
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tuesday, March 13th: Schedule of Events in East 203
8AM-9:15AM - Privacy: Where We Were, Where We Are, Where Are We Going
- The concept of privacy has been recognized since founding of our country. The Bill of Rights (enacted in 1791) protects against government intrusion into our privacy, but we have come a long way since then. Tectonic changes in society and prospective advances in technology present ever-evolving challenges to our privacy. Let's explore where we might be going from here. Presented by: Steve Lustig, Associate Professor of Business/Business Law.
9:30AM-9:45AM - Our Fearless Predictions About the Future 15 Years From Now--An Archive Project of the Humanities Symposium
- During the 2018 Humanities Symposium, the campus community, including students, faculty, and staff, will be compiling predictions about our future on a range of topics. Learn more about this 3 day project at this session. Presented by: Michael Corradino, Campus Dean of Academic Affairs.
9:45AM-10:45AM - Seers, Prophets and Oracles in Modern Mythology
- What does the future hold? Throughout mythic realms, seers, prophets and oracles have provided insights to those who will listen. This session will investigate the role and predictions of these sage figures in modern myths in literature, film, and pop culture. Presented by: Cindy Rose, Associate Professor of Humanities.
11AM-12:15PM - Divining the Future: Dante's Divine Comedy and an Imperfect Future
- The consequences on politics, knowledge, morality, human interaction and perception are explored through Dante's Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso with considerations of how past ideas about a future relate to the program. Presented by: Matthew Eberhart, Associate Professor of English; Jeffrey Ihlenfeldt, Professor of English; Seth Martin, Associate Professor of English.
12:30PM-1:45PM - The Future Is Fluid
- Science fiction in popular culture has long been a space that explores the boundaries of contemporary norms. This talk will look at representations of non-hetero-normative gender expression and sexual orientation in popular science fiction, arguing that the future provides a much less rigid setting than contemporary society. Presented by: Mick Teti-Beaudin, Assistant Professor of English.
2PM-3:15PM - Luddites and Malthus: What's Technology's Role in our Future?
- From Luddites to Neo-Luddism, a portion of this presentation will discuss how the protests of 19th century British textile workers inadvertently created a movement that, for over 200 years, has been romanticized and repurposed to pit humans against technology. This presentation will also address how technological advances have always allowed us to avoid "Malthusian catastrophe" (population growth exceeding growth in food production leading to famine and war). Shouldn't we keep relying on improved technology? Or is it time to pay attention to Malthus' warnings? Presented by: Matthew Goodman, Campus Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Stock Weinstock-Collins, Assistant Professor of Chemistry/Physics.
3:15PM-4:30PM - Seers, Prophets and Oracles in Ancient Mythology
- What does the future hold? Throughout mythic realms through the ages, seers, prophets and oracles provided insights to those who would listen. This session will investigate the role and predictions of these sage figures in ancient myths in literature, film, and pop culture. Presented by: Dennis Wimer, Adjunct Professor of Humanities.
4:30-5:30PM - Documentary with Introduction: Robots: The Real History of Science Fiction
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