English Faculty and Students Talk Tech at Recent Symposium

Belmont English faculty members played numerous contributing roles in the recent 15th Annual Belmont University Humanities Symposium.  The event, which ran from September 19-26, was titled Titled “Machines Made of Words: Technology, Progress, and the Humanities.” The week-long event sparked a range of conversations about our place as humans in relation to the many technologies around us. Central planning roles were taken on by Dr. David Curtis (symposium) and Dr. Maggie Monteverde (associated film festival), both professors in the English Department. English faculty and graduate students who delivered presentations included the following:

  • ENGAGING “SMART” MACHINES: AI, VR & THE HUMANITIES, panel presentation including Dr. Joel Overall.
  • SHAKESPEARE: FROM ON STAGE TO ONLINE, panel presentation by Dr. Marcia McDonald, Dr. Jayme Yeo and Dr. Joel Overall.
  • THE GREAT GROWLING ENGINE OF CHANGE: VIEWING THE EVOLUTION OF TECHNOLOGY THROUGH LITERATURE, graduate student reading featuring Alyssa Wynans, Grace Miller, Aleks Kojadinovic, and Hannah McIntosh.
  • WHY THINGS MATTER: BEING POSTHUMAN IN THE HUMANITIES, presentation by Dr. Jason Lovvorn.
  • MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN—AND HER MONSTERS, presentation by Dr. David Curtis.
  • “WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE”…YET, viewing and discussion moderated by Dr. Maggie Monteverde.
  • LANGUAGE: ‘THE UNIVERSAL AND BIOLOGICALLY SPECIFIC’ TECHNOLOGY, presentation by Dr. Maggie Monteverde.
  • THERE’S NOT AN APP FOR THAT: WELLNESS, WRITING AND WALKING IN THE DIGITAL AGE, co-presentation including Dr. Bonnie Smith Whitehouse.
  • PRACTICING RESURRECTION: WENDELL BERRY, THE HUMANITIES AND THE PROBLEMATICS OF ELECTRIC WIRE AND SCREENS, presentation by Dr. Annette Sisson.
  • DIGITAL COMPOSING WORKSHOP, conducted by Dr. Joel Overall.
  • 2015 SANDRA HUTCHINS HUMANITIES SYMPOSIUM WRITING COMPETITION READING AND CELEBRATION OF WINNING ENTRIES, moderated by Dr. Gary McDowell and Dr. Susan Finch.
  • SYMPOSIUM WRAP-UP: REFLECTING ON TECHNOLOGY AND THE HUMANITIES, moderated by Dr. David Curtis and Dr. Maggie Monteverde.

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HuMed Preps English Majors for Medical School

170px-Caduceus.svgCheck out this National Public Radio report about a Mount Sinai program that grooms humanities majors—among them students studying English—for a career in medicine:

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/05/27/407967899/a-top-medical-school-revamps-requirements-to-lure-english-majors