MAY 21, 2021


The University of Arizona College of Humanities presents the 3rd annual Dorrance Lecture Series: Humanities Innovators in a Tech World.

Sponsored by the Dorrance Scholarship Programs, the symposium brings together outside thought leaders, Humanities faculty and students in the Dorrance Scholarship Programs for lectures and discussion about the intersection between the humanities and advanced technologies, like artificial intelligence and robotics.

As technological advances bring us closer to a digital future, the humanities are vital to 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 genetic science present grand challenges that need the perspective and context of the humanities. Join us for a series of conversations about the ways human skills, human knowledge and human ingenuity are essential to making the most of these technological breakthroughs.

The 2021 event has concluded, but recordings of each presentation can be watched at the links below.

Friday, May 21,  2021

Starting 10 AM (Arizona Time) 

10 am

Of Machines and Men: The Moral Questions of Artificial Intelligence

Sylvester Johnson
Assistant Vice Provost for the Humanities and Executive Director of the “Tech for Humanity” initiative at Virginia Tech. Founding Director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Humanities.

12 pm

Broad Band: Yesterday’s Female Internet Pioneers

Claire Evans
Founding editor of Terraform, VICE’s science-fiction vertical. Grad design student advisor at Art Center College of Design and member of cyberfeminist collective Deep Lab.

1:30 pm

Building the Sustainable, High Performance Organizations of Tomorrow

Mimi Brooks
Entrepreneur, CEO of Logical Design Solutions, Digital Transformation Thought Leader, Trusted Partner to Fortune 500 Business Leaders, Future of Work Author and Speaker

3:00 pm

Panel Discussion

Moderated discussion with all three speakers

Event Moderators

Dr. Sunyoung Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies. Her research and teaching interests concentrate on the influence of new media and digital technologies on society with a focus on youth, labor, and gender issues in Korea and East Asia. She is currently conducting research on the history of the Asian Internet for her second book titled, The Internet Made in Asia: The Cosmopolitics of Engineers. ​

Dr. Bryan Carter is an Associate Professor in Africana Studies, specializing in African American literature of the 20th century with a primary focus on the Harlem Renaissance and a secondary emphasis on digital culture. Dr. Carter is also the founding Director of the Center for Digital Humanities in the College of Humanities. 

Dr. Matt M. Mars is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Leadership and Innovation and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Agricultural Education in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. His research focuses on the educational and organizational factors and dynamics that foster agricultural and community development. His research is notably interdisciplinary with collaborations that intersect communication, ecology and marketing.

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Sponsored by the Dorrance Scholarship Programs, the series brings together outside thought leaders, College of Humanities faculty and students in the Dorrance Scholarship Programs for lectures and discussion about the intersection between the humanities and technology.