Lectures and Events
by Invited Guest Lecturers
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Lectures: Denison’s Spectrum series embodies exploration across the liberal arts. It fosters connection and collaboration among the college’s major lecture, performance, exhibition, and academic programs, pooling resources to support events around an annual theme. In doing so, Spectrum engages students in dialog and action with scholars and artists. The Spectrum theme for 2010 - 2011 is "Technology and Community". The whirlwind pace of global technological development in the 21st century forces us to ponder the ways in which technology is redefining the communities to which we belong, as well as our relationships within those communities. Specifically, how is technology altering the texture of our communities and the very nature of how we relate to each other, personally and professionally? How has technology either enhanced or challenged the nurturing of community and relationships, from the local to the global context? What have been the privileges or benefits that have accrued to communities that are technology-rich, compared to those that are technology-poor? What lessons can we draw from past choices that give us good guidance for future choices? Our opening convocation speaker was Steven Berlin Johnson. He is the best-selling author of six books and the co-founder of the website outside.in. His work maps the history and geography of innovative ideas, exploring where culture-shifting ideas emerge and how they spread. Drawing upon his upcoming book, "Where Good Ideas Come From", Johnson discussed the ways communities collaborate on breakthrough innovations in science, technology, and culture -- and how the Internet is giving rise to new forms of group intelligence, particularly in university environments. Our 2008-09 intellectual theme is "Urbanscapes," in which we will explore the relationship between people and the urban environment. Some elements we'll consider include: personal identity and community; how design mediates our experience of public and private spaces; environmentally sustainable cities; and globalization. Events: On 27 September 2008, five members of the Economics faculty, including Provost Brad Bateman, and one member of the Political Science faculty discussed the economic crisis during Denison's parents weekend.
|1||Video2010 Student Involvement Fair||--||9/27/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Meltdown: Discussion About the Economic Crisis||--||10/15/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jim Crow's Last Stand: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the North||--||10/6/08||Free||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoOpening Convocation with Steven Berlin Johnson||--||9/27/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Personal Identity and the Urban Environment||--||10/6/08||Free||View In iTunes|