Technology's Impact on Culture and Learning
2012-13 Civic Engagement Theme
Most of us interact with technology throughout each day, whether we are driving our car, withdrawing money from an ATM machine, researching a paper, or updating our status on Facebook. 2012-2013's Civic Engagement Theme invites us to evaluate the many effects that the constantly changing technologies have on our lives, sometimes in ways of which we are hardly aware. Whether we think of evolving digital, biological, chemical, or nano technologies, how have these changes improved opportunities and living conditions for many people? On the other hand, in what ways do our interactions with technology pose challenges in our interpersonal relationships, our use of resources, our financial decisions? In classes, public presentations, student activities, and individual conversations, we explored the impact of technology on our human development and learning.
Some of this year's activities included:
- Opening Convocation by alumnus Tobias Buckell
- "Ethics and Integrity in the Age of Social Media"
- Keeney Peace Lectureship "Peacemaking and Technology: The Good, the Bad and the Redemption-in-progress."
- "Teaching Our Machines"
- "Solar Stews and Digital Funerals: Stories from East Africa"
- "Emerging from Facebook: Community, Justice and Religion in the Digital Age"
- Civic Engagement Forum - "Curating Identity" - Trevor Bechtel & Carrie Phillips
- Lion & Lamb Workshop with local elementary students, "Stay in Check with Tech!"
- "A Day Without Texting" - students were challenged to go a day without texting and presented on their findings
- "How Does Technology and Media Affect Violence Against Women"
The C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest was held in Yoder Recital Hall. Nathan Barber, Brent Schroeder and Kathryn Wineland participated.
Guest comedian Mary Kate Wise closed the day with a comedic presentation that featured the Bluffton Improv Group.