Fall Conference 2017

The Double-Edged Sword of Technology

November 17-18, University of Vermont

Saturday Afternoon Breakout Sessions

These sessions will take place from 1:00 to 2:15 pm on Saturday, November 18.

Please note: these talks are part of our Fall Conference 2017. You must have registered for the conference to attend these events.

Sat 18

Time & Space Annihilated: Innovation, Communication & Society

November 18, 2017
1:00 pm
Across time and cultures, humans have designed forms and tools with which to communicate within larger governing structures. Arguably our digital communication is causing as profound a change as Gutenberg's press did. This talk will explore past and future communication technologies, the culture that gave birth to them, and possible implications for the future. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 18

War and Technological Advance: The Manhattan Project, the German Uranverein, and the Wartime Development of Nuclear Weapons

November 18, 2017
1:00 pm
This talk will examine the relationship between war and technological advancement through the lens of the race to develop nuclear weapons in World War II. What does this race tell us about the relationship between scientific discovery and the production of a useable commodity? (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 18

Technology, Solitude, and Fame

November 18, 2017
1:00 pm
In this breakout discussion, we will explore technology’s role at the intersection of fame and solitude. How do the technologies of publication that create modern fame—be they internet or print-based—transform lives that require solitude? (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 18

Discussion and Reflection

November 18, 2017
1:00 pm
Using the advance readings as a starting point, this session, facilitated by VHC discussion leader extraordinaire Suzanne Brown, offers attendees an opportunity to reflect and discuss the themes and connections they have made thus far in the conference. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 18

Educator Discussion

November 18, 2017
1:00 pm
Educators are invited to this facilitated session to discuss the conference’s themes and connections and to explore and share potential classroom applications. (Registration required.) Read More »