Lancaster Campus, Sixth Annual Humanities Symposium - Entitled: Change

Date:   Tuesday April 9, 2019
Time:   9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location:    Lancaster Campus, East Building, Room 203

Contact Name:    Cindy Rose
Contact Phone:   
Contact Email:    cwrose@hacc.edu


Tuesday, April 9th:  Schedule of Events in East 203

9AM-9:55AM  --   Languages Change--It's What They Do

  • This session will explore how languages change, the usual causes for those changes, and why, despite some people's fears, those changes are not for the worse.  Presented by:  Kimberly Hall, Associate Professor of English

9:55AM-10:55AM  -  The Mythic Trickster: Unpredictable and Changing

  • Found in mythology and folklore of world cultures, tricksters disobey rules of behavior and functions on the perimeters of society.  They play tricks, disrupt life, and often reestablish it on their own terms.  Among the featured tricksters are Loki, Prometheus, The Monkey King Sun Wukong, Coyote and Raven, as well as a few modern tricksters from popular culture.  Presented by:  Cindy Rose, Associate Proessor of Humanities

11AM-12:00PM  -  Chasing Change: Law and Technology

  • Technology is constantly changing, and the rate of change has been accelerating.  On the other hand, the law usually changes slowly and incrementally.  The interaction between quickly changing technology and slowly changing law raises significant issues for both.  This session will explore past and present issues at the intersection of technology and the law.  Presented by:  Steven Lustig, J.D., Associate Professor

12:00PM-1:00PM  -  ΔScience

  • Evolution of scientific thought from A to Z.  Presented by:  Kelly Matthews, Professor in Chemistry and Brad Basehore, Assistant Professor in Biology

1:15PM-2:30PM  -  "It Staggers the Senses!": German Expressionist Film and the Birth of Film Noir

  • With plenty of film clips and examples, this presentation will explore how German Expressionism in Film led to the birth of Film Noir ('black film' or 'dark film').  Rooted in post-World War II disillusionment, works of film noir owed their ominous tones to their German Expressionist predecessors, including the work of some European filmmakers who emigrated to the United States. With plots often based on hard-boiled crime fiction, these cinematic, crime dramas were filled with corruption, rain-soaked alleys, seedy underbellies, and the incomparable femme fatale.  Join us as we discuss some of cinema's greatest achievements. Presented by:  Matthew Goodman, Campus Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

2:45PM-4:00PM  -  "These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends": How Hollywood Portrays the Changes Brought on by Artifical Intelligence (AI)

  • Modern society is on the cusp of perhaps one of humankind's most profound changes--the age of art intelligence.  Hollywood has often portrayed the ascendancy of smart machines as an existential threat to the human race.  Is this a fair assessment?  We will review a number of works from this genre such as Terminator, Westworld, The 100, The Matrix, AI: Artificial Intelligence, and Bicentennial Man and discuss our own conclusions and beliefs.  Presented by:  Mike Corradino, Campus Dean, Academic Affairs

4:00PM-6:00PM  -  Loving Vincent (2017)

  • Film Presentation (95 minutes)
  • Following a brief introduction to Vincent Van Gogh and the making of the film Loving Vincent, the film will be shown in its entirety.  Loving Vincent is the world's first fully painted feature film.  The animated film explores the last years of Van Gogh's life.  "The Loving  Vincent team spent years re-imagining over 120 of Vincent's paintings into the medium of film.  Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production." (Van Gogh Museum)  This fascinating film transforms still images to a moving artistic world.


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