Conference Schedule

Thomas Kuhn famously argued for the central role of crises in the history of scientific thought. More broadly, we might well say that periods of crisis define much of human history, our ability – or at times inability – to handle a given crisis largely determining our societal progress. More often than not, technology is at the heart of such crises, be it in the form of initiator, mediator, or a combination of the two.

At this year’s 40th Annual Humanities and Technology Association conference, we are considering the various ways in which technology and crisis interrelate. The technology might lie at the origins of the crisis, as seen in the information crisis brought about by Gutenberg’s printing press or, centuries later, in the aptly named Cuban Missile Crisis enabled by the creation of intercontinental ballistic missiles. On the other hand, technology might play a prominent role in mitigating a crisis, for example, in the way that television brought attention and demanded a response to the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s or, more recently, how the #MeToo movement on social media has made real headway in relatively short order with regard to sexual harassment and assault. Then again, the crisis might lie within the development of the technology itself, as evident in the Facebook – Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal in which an online share space doubled as a means of political manipulation. A variety of these angles and perspectives will be explored at this year’s conference, and we look forward to the discussions that will ensue.

The Humanities and Technology Association is an interdisciplinary scholarly society that explores the impact of technology on human life from a broad range of perspectives. We welcome papers that investigate the cultural interaction of the humanities, science, engineering, and technology.

Most sessions will be held on the first floor of McKillop Library. Exceptions will be noted in the program. Coffee service will be available in the morning in the McKillop Library atrium, as will the lunch buffets on Friday and Saturday at 12 Noon. Friday evening’s cocktail hour and dinner will take place in Ochre Court. Lunch and dinner are included in the conference registration fee. There will be a cash bar on Friday evening.

For those who would like to participate in the “Crisis Mapathon” on Friday at 2:30 PM, we ask that you create an account with OpenStreetMap prior to the session.

  1. Go to www.openstreetmap.org and click ‘sign up’ in the upper right corner. Enter your email, username, and password. Click ‘sign up’. It is recommended that you do not use a third party to sign up/login.
  2. Confirm your location and agree to the terms.
  3. You will be asked to confirm this account via email. Log into the email you provided in step one, and open the email from OpenStreetMap. Click the link in the email to confirm your account. Note: if the confirmation email goes to your junk/spam folder, move it to your inbox and proceed with confirmation.
  4. Remember your username and password for the workshop!

 

Thursday, November 1

 

Registration will begin at 12 Noon on Thursday and run until 5 PM each day at the McKillop Library entrance.

 

12:30 – 1: 30 PM

Session A         McKillop 109

Technology and Pedagogy

Kevin McDonald, Salve Regina University, “The Coming Technological Crisis in Education: How Human Enhancement Technologies Will Change the World of Learning”

Myra Edelstein, Salve Regina University, “On One Lucky Day: Meaningful Connections in a World of Technology”

Moderator: Nicholas Molinari, Salve Regina University

 

Session B         McKillop Atrium

Standing Rock: The Promise and Perils of Technology

Participants:      Jon Marcoux, Salve Regina University

Jameson Chace, Salve Regina University

Ryan Marnane, University of Massachusetts Boston

Craig Condella, Salve Regina University

Moderator: Craig Condella, Salve Regina University

 

2 – 3:30 PM

Session A         McKillop 109

History Retold

Norman Rusin, Salve Regina University, “Codex’s Technologies and the Crisis of Homo Gutembergensis in Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose

Aymeric D’alton, Independent Scholar, “Sorokin and the Philosophy of History”

Moderator: Ann Marie van den Hurk, Salve Regina University

 

Session B         McKillop Atrium

Unrestricted Warfare

Thomas Choinski, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, “Unrestricted Warfare: A Catalyst for SONAR Technology”

Joel Holwitt, Independent Scholar, “Unrestricted Submarine Warfare: Historical Origins”

William Bundy, Naval War College, “Autonomous Warfare Evolution”

Moderator: Yvonne Masakowski, Naval War College

 

4 – 5 PM

Session A         McKillop 109

Cloning and Cryonics

Michael Xiarhos, Salve Regina University, “Ethics and Morality in Cloning Technology: Christianity, Islam, and Pop Culture”

Nicholas Molinari, Salve Regina University, “Concerning Max More and the Notion of Cryonic Damnation”

Moderator: Gary Vaspol, Salve Regina University

 

Session B         McKillop Atrium

“Truth” and Media

Kelly Alverson, Salve Regina University, “Crisis of Truth: Technological Tools of Democratization, Falsification, and Replication”

Ann Marie van den Hurk, Salve Regina University, “How Misinformation Occurs: The Effects of Social Media on Traditional Journalism”

Moderator: Myra Edelstein, Salve Regina University

 

Though separate from the HTA Conference, all attendees are invited to a special session on Artificial on Thursday evening. Details are below:

“The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence: Impact on the Individual, Society, and the Military”

5:30-8 PM, O’Hare Building: Bazarsky Auditorium

James Giordano, Georgetown University, “At the Threshold: Possible Trajectories, Considerations and Constraints of AI Systems in Warfare, Intelligence and National Security Operations”

Yang Cai, Carnegie Mellon University, “Instinctive Computing – Exploring Primitive Intelligence”

Ryan D. McKendrick, Northrup Grumman Mission Systems, “Teaming, Symbiosis and a Taxonomy for Human-Machine Interaction”

A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

 

 

Friday, November 2

 

9 – 10 AM

Young Scholars Session I

Session A         McKillop 109

Noah Valdez, Boston College, “Kurzweil’s Wager: Camus in the Age of Quasi-Immortality”

Timothy Jaeger, Salve Regina University, “One More God to Fail: How the Modern Cult of Technology is Crippling the Spirit of Mankind”

Moderator:       Arlene Nicholas, Salve Regina University

 

Session B         McKillop Atrium

Book Session: Lectio Divina as Contemplative Pedagogy

Author presentation and discussion by Mary Keator, Westfield State University

Moderator: Michael McKeon, Barry University

 

10:30 – 12 Noon

Session A         McKillop 109

Reimagining Art

Sean Erwin, Barry University, “Materializing Mystical Experience: Anselm Kiefer’s Prophetic Technology”

Nova Seals, Salve Regina University, “Interrogating Interaction on Instagram: Focal Practice, Social Connections, and Identity Online”

Moderator: Norman Rusin, Salve Regina University

 

Session B         McKillop Atrium

Artificial Intelligence

Yvonne Masakowski, Naval War College, “Artificial Intelligence and Global Security in the 21st Century”

Thomas Choinski, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, “The Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Diffusion and Adoption of Innovation for Crisis Response”

William Bundy, Naval War College, “Artificial Intelligence: Executive Decision-making”

Moderator: Michael Junge, Naval War College

 

12 Noon – 1 PM         Lunch in McKillop Library

 

1 – 2 PM

Session A         McKillop 109

The Power of Devices

Gary Vaspol, Salve Regina University, “Hitting Away: Smart Bats and the Technological Appropriation of Baseball”

Marion Mager, Salve Regina University, “The Great Enabler – ‘Let them eat cake’”

Moderator: Michael Xiarhos, Salve Regina University

 

Session B         McKillop Atrium

Pragmatic Concerns

Pierre Steiner, Compiegne University of Technology, “Handmade Intentionality: Pragmatism and Technology”

Arlene Nicholas, Salve Regina University, “The Impact of Technology on Generation Z”

Moderator: Robert Vigliotti, Rockhurst University

 

2:30 – 4 PM

Session A         McKillop 109

A Brave New World

Michael McKeon, Barry University, “‘No Strings Attached’: The Impact of Technological Advancements on Modern American Sexual Relationships”

Michael Junge, Naval War College, “Mundane to Magic: Money, Credit Cards, and Clarke’s Third Law”

Catherine Weiss, Lasell College, “Transformative Technologies and the Loss of Privacy”

Moderator: Patrick Gamez, Missouri University of Science and Technology

 

Session B         McKillop Atrium

Crisis Mapathon

Lead by Nicole Marino, Digital Scholarship and Instruction Librarian, Salve Regina University

Guest speaker: Suzanne Levi-Sanchez, National Security Affairs, Naval War College

 

4:30 PM          McKillop Atrium

Invited Speaker        

Michael Kelly, University of San Diego, “Crisis of Calculative Reason: Some thoughts about Higher Education in the 21st Century”

Moderator: Craig Condella, Salve Regina University

 

5:30 PM

Cocktail hour followed by dinner in Ochre Court

Announcements from Darrell Arnold (HTA President) and Sean Erwin (HTR editor)

 

Saturday, November 3

 

9 – 10 AM

Session A         McKillop 109

Young Scholars Session II

Kyla Tacopina, York College of Pennsylvania, “Marketing Musicals to Millennials: Social Media and Beyond”

Evelyn O’Callaghan, Salve Regina University, “Preventing Crises: Technology and the UN Sustainable Development Goals”

Moderator: Nova Seals, Salve Regina University

 

Session B         McKillop Atrium

Virtue Ethics in A Technological World

Santiago Mejia, Fordham University, “Socratic Ignorance: Virtue Ethics Confronting our Future Cultural Devastation”

Patrick Gamez, Missouri University of Science and Technology, “Ethical Theory and the Technological Space of Possibility”

Moderator: Teresa Testa, Salve Regina University

 

10:30 – 12 Noon

Session A         McKillop 109

Young Scholars Session III

Logan Stapleton, Macalester College, “Beyond Bias and Filter Bubbles: Autonomy, Paternalism, and Machine Learning Algorithms”

Alex Azary, Salve Regina University, “Lights Out: The Dangers of EMPs”

Chase Mulvaney, Salve Regina University, “Breaking Reality: Sci-Fi and Truth”

Moderator: Mary Keator, Westfield State University

 

Session B         McKillop Atrium

Art Exhibit and Presentation: Digital Connection/Analog World

Artists: Jung Hee Mun, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Clay McClure, Schreiner University

Jessica Ramirez, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Anna Pinkas, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Moderator:       Howard Meltzer, Borough of Manhattan Community College

 

12 Noon          Lunch in McKillop Library

 

1 – 2 PM

Session A         McKillop 109

New Challenges, New Opportunities

Teresa Testa, Salve Regina University, “Theological Models of How to Walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Technological Crisis”

Suzanne Delle, York College of Pennsylvania, “It’s Happening Everywhere: How Modern Technology Gave the Federal Theatre Project Mobility to Take Social Justice Plays on the Road”

Moderator: Kelly Alverson, Salve Regina University

 

Session B         McKillop Atrium

The World of Work

Martin Glick, University of Goettingen, “Replacing Repetition: Historical Reactions to a Theme in Technology”

Robert Vigliotti, Rockhurst University, “Marcuse’s Theory of Human Needs and the Liberatory Potential of Alternative Forms of Work”

Moderator: Sean Erwin, Barry University

 

2:30 – 3:30 PM

Session A         McKillop 109

Cultural Impacts

Alexander Castleton, Carleton University, “An Exploration of the Dynamics of Rejection and Use of Tablets by Older People: The Case of a Public Program of Digital Inclusion in Uruguay”

Michael Giobbe, Independent Scholar, “How Wide and How Long, How High and How Deep: The Role of Media Ecology in Church History”

Moderator: Santiago Mejia, Fordham University

 

Session B         Angelus 102

Musical Performance and Presentation

Howard Meltzer, Borough of Manhattan Community College, “The Post-Human Pianist: Man, Music, Machine”

Moderator: Craig Condella, Salve Regina University

 

4 PM

Closing Dance Performance – Antone Center Megley Theater

 

Synergy

Choreographer: Marissa Masson ‘19

Music: “Nation” by Sam Blans; “Last Day (David August Revision)” by Kollektiv Turmstrasse

Dancers: Athena Silva, Jackie Stevens, Maddie Stewart

 

Crimson Ties

Choreographer: Lauren Wyble ‘18

Music: “99 Luftballons” by Kaleida; “Tear the Roots” by Kaleida

Dancers: Sara Chlastawa, Ryley King, Mackenzie Stewart, Maddie Stewart

 

This is not a drill

Choreographer: Melody Gamba, in collaboration with dancers

Music: “I Have a Dream” by Regulator

Dancers: Michaela Darragh, Vanessa Espinola, Marissa Masson, Bekah Mendoza, Sam Parks, Maddie Stewart, Becca Sock

 

From the Top Down

Choreographer: Haley Andrews ‘18

Part I: The Individual

Music: “My Man” by Billie Holiday

Dancer: Marikate McConnell

Part II: In Numbers

Music: “You Don’t Own Me” by Lesley Gore

Dancers: Sara Chlastawa, Marissa Masson, Marikate McConnell, Athena Silva, Jacquelyn Stevens, Maddie Stewart

Part III: Privilege 

Music: “Stand By Your Man” by Tammy Wynette

Dancers: Sara Chlastawa, Marissa Masson, Marikate McConnell, Athena Silva, Jacquelyn Stevens, Maddie Stewart

 

Dance Program Coordinator; Artistic Director……………………………………Lindsay Guarino

Assistant Director; Rehearsal Director……………………………………………Melody Gamba

Technical Director; Lighting Design …………………….………………………Pippin McGowan