Westminster Symposium 2011

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mydigital life @THE SPEED OF LIGHT

September 20-21, 2011 | The Westminster Symposium This year’s Symposium on Democracy will examine the many novel and dynamic uses of digital technology as well as its potential to revolutionize our personal and work lives through enhanced communications, online communities, and collaboration.

September 19 – November 12

Thursday, September 15

Traveling Exhibit: Navy Art of Thomas Hart Benton

Symposium Film Series: War Games (1983)

10am-4pm, National Churchill Museum To commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor, the National Churchill Museum will be showing the Navy Art of Thomas Hart Benton. Benton was proud of his country and this series of paintings and sketches depict the Navy at its best. This exhibition has only been in the Midwest twice in the last 10 years. This is the first time the exhibit has been in Missouri. The exhibition comes to us from the Navy Art Collection in Washington, DC.

7pm, Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall A young computer game fan finds the backdoor into a central military computer system and realizes the system has confused gaming with reality. As a result, World War III and nuclear Armageddon move closer.

Monday, September 12

8pm, Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall Hosted by Westminster College & Beijing Union University Faculty and students from Westminster College and Beijing Union University (BUU) will participate in a live interactive event (via Skype) simultaneously on the Westminster campus in Fulton and the BUU campus in Beijing. The session will focus on the similarities and differences of the state of technology in China and the

Symposium Film Series: Hackers (1995)

7pm, Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall This film is the story of a young computer hacker who creates a virus and is pursued by the Secret Service. Years later, he and a friend then try to prevent a virus from destroying large areas of cyber-space as the creator of the virus and the Secret Service pursue them. 2

Monday, September 19 Symposium Global Event: Sino-American Live Technology Meeting (in Fulton, Missouri, USA and Beijing, People’s Republic of China)

United States. The event will take place at 8pm (Central Daylight Time) in Fulton and 9am (Tuesday, September 20th—Chinese Standard Time). Westminster College President Barney Forsythe and BUU leaders will meet in real time on two continents to recognize a Memorandum of Understanding signed by both institutions and to demonstrate Sino-American educational and cultural friendship.

Tuesday, September 20 Opening Keynote/Plenary Session

and shows us how the Internet, quite inadvertently, helps us sidestep these issues. Dr. Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine, where he directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action and the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. He is best known for his work on time perception, synesthesia, and neurolaw. He is also an internationally bestselling fiction writer published in 22 languages.

How the Internet Will Save the World: Six Easy

Breakout Sessions I

Steps to Avert the Collapse of Civilizations

10:30-11:30am, Wallace H. Coulter Science Center

9–10:15am, Champ Auditorium By complete accident, the Internet has put an end to the threats that caused past civilizations, like the Roman Empire or ancient Egypt, to collapse. In this keynote, Dr. Eagleman outlines why these societies ended—resource depletion, political corruption, natural disasters, the spreading of diseases, not maximizing human potential—

Electronic-Waste — Technology in the Afterlife

Coulter Science Center 138 Technology in the 21st century is changing faster than ever before. As one product comes to market, a newer, better model is being tested for release. The result is that roughly two million tons of electronics become obsolete 3

and are jettisoned every year; only 18% of that is collected for recycling. This session will look into past problems, the current situation, and future opportunities for this waste stream. William Froeschner, Recycler (Madison, WI) and a recent graduate of the University of MissouriColumbia From the Printing Press to Word Press: How Information Access Shapes Democracy

Coulter Science Center 139 Access to information forms the cornerstone of a democratic society. Learn how improvements in communication have heralded changes in government and in citizen responsibility. Scott Lowe, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Westminster College 4

Informatics in Healthcare and Life Sciences

Coulter Science Center 239 Computer sciences and informatics are playing increasingly important roles in life sciences and healthcare. In this talk, Dr. Xu will illustrate some sample applications of digital technologies in biology research, electronic medical records, clinical diagnosis, drug development, bioenergy, agriculture, and environmental sciences. Such applications will have fundamental impact on our healthcare, food and lifestyle. Dr. Zhang will discuss the applications of informatics to the health-related areas and professions. Dr. Dong Xu, James C. Dowell Professor, Director, Digital Biology Laboratory, and Chair, Department of Computer Science at the University of MissouriColumbia. Dr. Allan Zhang, Director, Westminster College China Programs; Manager, BJC Healthcare, PhD student in

the Department of Health Informatics, University of Missouri-Columbia, and physician. My Life in IT: A Woman’s Personal History

Coulter Science Center 204 From entering telephone billing on punched cards to overseeing 115 application developers in two state agencies, Ms. Rowe-Pearson has had a front-row seat to the changes the industry has undergone over the past 40 years. Ignoring pessimists and also taking advantage of opportunities as they presented themselves, she found herself leading the way for other women and minorities. In this session, she shares observations and lessons from her personal journey in IT to help others lead the way in a changing world. Virginia Rowe-Pearson, Client Services Manager, Department of Mental Health and Department of Health, State of Missouri

Penny Press in a Pocket: From Media Scarcity to Abundance

Coulter Science Center 329 No longer choosing to wait for the 10 pm news, no longer receiving a newspaper in the driveway, no longer paying for full cable, consumers are now setting a new agenda. Blogs and social media practitioners find themselves on an even-footing with some of the media icons of yesteryear. The Twitterati routinely break stories, from developments in the Arab Spring to the killing of Osama bin Laden. But new media outlets have also botched “the big story:” Lacking sources, context, and a more jaundiced approach to “news.” Is this “Penny Press in a Pocket” a danger to democracy, or will it deliver a more free and unfettered discussion of the day’s events, free of mainstream media management, in a context which gives it true meaning? James Flink, Vice President of News Operations, Newsy.com 5

One-on-one with David Eagleman

Coulter Science Center 304 Dr. David Eagleman will meet with students and others to discuss his many interests including the internet, neuroscience, and other aspects of technology, citizenship, and the brain. Dr. David Eagleman, Neuroscientist, Baylor University School of Medicine Lunch

11:30am–1:30pm, Mueller Leadership Hall Lunch Session (Invitation only)

How Technology is Killing the College Lecture and Saving It?

11:30am–1:00pm, Mueller Leadership Hall/Marsh-Jones Room Today, professors are letting students pass virtual notes in class on Twitter. Some are trying “clickers” that turn classrooms into game shows. Some are even monitoring


how many minutes students spend reading online textbooks to see who needs help. This talk will explore some surprising ways in which technologies are changing classroom dynamics and leading to the end of the college lecture as we know it. While some enthusiasts see the high-tech changes as a muchneeded upgrade to an education model that is more than a thousand years old, others see dangers ahead. Is all that gear a distraction? Is academic freedom threatened when Web tools and video make public the once-sacred space of the classroom? Jeffrey R. Young joined The Chronicle of Higher Education in 1995. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University in 1995. He earned a master’s degree from Georgetown University in communication, culture, and technology in 2001. He covers technology and its impact on teaching, research, and student life. He manages the Wired Campus blog, writes a monthly technology

column called College 2.0, and is the host of The Chronicle’s Tech Therapy podcast. He has written for national publications including The New York Times and The Industry Standard. One of his articles appeared in the anthology The Best of Technology Writing 2007. Plenary Session Cyborg Anthropology: A Short Introduction

1:30–2:30pm, Champ Auditorium Cyborg Anthropology is a way of understanding how we live as technosocially connected citizens in the modern era. Our cell phones, cars and laptops have turned us into cyborgs. What does it mean to extend the body into hyperspace? What are the implications to privacy, information and the formation of identity? Now that we have a second self, how do we protect it? This presentation will cover aspects of time and space compression, communication in the mobile era, evaporating interfaces and how to approach a rapidly changing information spaces.

Amber Case is a Cyborg Anthropologist and User Experience Designer from Portland, Oregon. She has been featured in Forbes, WIRED, Time and many other publications, both in the United States and around the world. Her main focus is mobile software-augmented reality and data visualization, and reducing the amount of time and space it takes for people to connect. Case founded Geoloqi.com, a private location sharing application, out of a frustration with existing social protocols around text messaging and wayfinding. She is a 2008 graduate of Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. She has participated in the MIT Futures of Entertainment conference and the TED speaker series. Breakout Sessions II

2:45-3:45pm, Coulter Science Center Cyber Security Threats to Critical Infrastructure and National Security

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The U.S. dependence on information technology makes it extremely vulnerable to cyber attacks that could have broad economic and national security implications. This session will highlight ESG Research data on cyber supply chain security and Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) in order to analyze the types of cyber security risks the United States and our allies face today. John Oltsik, Senior Principal Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group Sex Trafficking and the Internet

Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall The Internet is frequently involved in the crime of sex trafficking. Although the sexual enslavement of victims is an old cruelty, the Internet has changed how perpetrators operate and how victims are abused. Dr. Donna M. Hughes, Professor and Carlson Endowed Chair, University of Rhode Island


Digital Campaigning: Shaking Hands, Kissing Babies in Cyberspace

Coulter Science Center 139 Personal contact with individual voters remains the essence of political campaigns, but the days of candidates settling for shaking hands, kissing babies and going door-to-door are coming to an end. Candidates for political office now understand that having minute-byminute contact with voters through social media such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter play an important role in voter outreach. This session examines the development of social media in campaigns and discusses the realworld uses, abuses, and misuses of the powerful tools that are a staple of modern political campaigning. Paul Sloca, Press Secretary for United States Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO 9th District) Technology in Politics and Lobbying

Coulter Science Center 204 This session will address how technology is utilized in the field of politics. The ability to adapt to technology

can make or break the messaging for a candidate or issue. In today’s world, an election or passage of legislation is often won or lost on the internet and through social media. David Jackson, Lobbyist and Government Affairs Consultant, Pelopidas, LLC

and that if we more fully inhabit these things, we might be less apt to destroy both.” The same might be said about why we turn toward spirituality. This session will explore the peculiar opportunities and dangers that technology poses as we seek to honor our deep yearning to make our home in this world and dwell more fully within it.

One-on-one with Amber Case

Reverend Terry Minchow-Proffitt, St. Louis, Missouri

Coulter Science Center 304 Amber Case will meet with students and others to discuss further her ideas related to technology and cyborg anthropology. Amber Case, Cyborg Anthropologist Technology and Engaged Spirituality

Coulter Science Center 138 Christian Wiman, noted poet, critic, and editor of Poetry magazine, observes “that in the end we go to poetry for one reason, so that we might more fully inhabit our lives and the world in which we live them,

Projects for Peace & Clean Water in Nepalese Schools

Coulter Science Center 239 These Westminster College students were chosen as grant recipients from the Davis Foundation to visit Nepal and provide clean water filter systems for schools in the rural areas of the country. This session will explain the project and work the students completed in the Summer of 2011. Sneha Bhandari, Pradipti Rajbhandari and Misty Todd, Westminster College Students 9

Wednesday, September 21 Plenary Session What is Art & Technology? A Glimpse at Technological Art amid Global Shifts of Consciousness

9:30-10:30am, Champ Auditorium We live in a rapidly changing world of technological advances, environmental crisis, and global shifts of consciousness. This presentation will offer the audience a broad overview of historical and contemporary artworks that have shaped the field of Technology Art today. The presentation will also focus on exploring contemporary artworks that pose essential questions and concepts responding to the social, environmental, political, and economic flux we live in. Yuko Oda, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, MFA. New York Institute of Technology/Visual Artist. Professor Oda is a member of the Department of Fine Arts at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) where she specializes in 3D animation and computer graphics 10

courses. Her research and scholarship for the last decade have been multidisciplinary, exploring natural themes in traditional media such as painting and sculpture, as well as creating 3D animation, interactive media, and video. She earned her bachelor’s degree in studio art and philosophy from Duke University and her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She has recently earned the ISRC grant from NYIT, the National Undergraduate Research Grant program for professors from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, and the Artist Grant from The Vermont Studio Center. Breakout Sessions III

10:45-11:45am, Coulter Science Center Digital Technology’s Role in Feeding the World

Coulter Science Center 239 Feeding, sheltering, and clothing a steadily growing population is creating major challenges to the global agriculture industry today. With the world’s population expected to climb from almost 7 billion today to more

than 9 billion by 2050, agricultural output must double—and do so in a sustainable manner. Doubling food production by mid-century will require above all, innovation and the application of technology: From agricultural production all across the value chain through distribution. Mr. Everitt will discuss the powerful global trends shaping John Deere’s future, and how digital technology is helping close the productivity gap and help humanity flourish.

knowledge for novel challenges as they arise in the environment. This session explores the potential that social technology holds for enabling individual and organizational learning and effectiveness, cross-boundary collaboration, and innovation using front line leaders in the U.S. Army as a case example.

David C. Everitt, President, Agriculture and Turf Division – North America, Asia, Australia, Sub-Saharan and South Africa, and Global Tractor and Turf Products, Deere & Company

Coulter Science Center 345 Technology has been changing at an unprecedented rate; although, there have not been any great transformations since the industrial revolution. We will discuss how technology is finally forcing a pragmatic change in education. Mr. Jones will discuss his experience and personal transformation and what he sees as the future of technology and education.

Enterprise 2.0: Collaboration and Innovation in Organizational Context

Coulter Science Center 304 The ever-increasing pace of change and complexity that 21st century organizations face demands the ability to rapidly share, make decisions, and generate new

COL Nate Allen, Ph.D., United States Army Revolutionizing Education with Technology

Peter Jones, Promethean Teaching and Learning Consultant 11

Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall Technology change rates place great demands on the ability of the Intelligence Community to collect and analyze information needed by national security decision-makers. It isn’t sufficient to react to technology changes if one is to predict events correctly; thus, the first requirement for the Intelligence Community is to devise methods for projecting future environments predicated on both evolutionary and disruptive technology developments.

writing exercise, followed by small group discussions, and end with a larger interactive discussion. The writing exercise will ask participants some pertinent questions related to a particular work of art presented during the plenary session. Some questions may say “What is your own interpretation of the kinetic sculptural video installation by artist Shi Chie Huang? Do you like it? How does it comment on the environment?” This will be conducted individually. Then, there will be small groups of 5-7 people consisting of both faculty and students, discussing the answers to the art piece. A general Q & A will also occur toward the end of the session.

John Anthony Jordan, Central Intelligence Agency Senior Intelligence Service (Retired)

Professor Yuko Oda, New York Institute of Technology/Visual Artist

Let’s Think and Discuss Art! Getting Our Brains Dirty With Technological Art

Media as an Information Source

Projecting the Environment: Intelligence Community Priorities in a World of Fast Changing Technologies

Coulter Science Center 139 This Breakout Session will start out with a short 12

Coulter Science Center 329 The session will explore the traditional media and new media as well as broadcasting and narrowcasting. Mr.

Lear will also discuss what is coming in the media business and the various ways in which society will benefit. Clyde Lear, Chairman, Learfield Communications, Inc. Mobile and Social: A Match Made in Cyberspace?

Coulter Science Center 138 There is little doubt that mobile devices and social media are two of the hottest topics in technology today. We’ve seen the growing role that each has played in business, everyday life, and even nation building. And while each is able to stand on their own, a key question is whether each would have exploded in popularity without the other. Derek Lawless, Android Development Lead, State Farm Insurance Corporate Headquarters Lunch

11:30am-1:30pm, Mueller Leadership Hall

John Findley Green Lecture Global Leadership in a Changing Age

2–3pm, Champ Auditorium Bill Roedy will discuss the challenges facing young people in global leadership today. His lecture is based on the many years of experience he had leading major global media and corporations into unchartered territory in international markets. Mr. Roedy’s career saw him lead in combat in Vietnam in the United States Army to pioneering Music Television (MTV ) and its multiple platforms and technologies in various corners of the globe. He also utilized MTV networks to get Americans and other global citizens to understand the importance of social responsibility and various global health issues, especially AIDS.

William H. Roedy, Former Chairman and Chief Executive, MTV Networks International. Roedy graduated from West Point and earned a Bronze Star and other medals in the Airborne Rangers of the United States Army in Vietnam. His career has taken him from the military to a vice presidency at HBO in 1979. After leaving HBO in 1989, he helped MTV expand its operations in numerous global markets and rose to the position of chairman and chief executive of MTV Networks International prior to retirement in 2011. He helped MTV grow and operate 400 digital brands including VH1, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon. Mr. Roedy holds a MBA from Harvard and he helped lead MTV and affiliated brands into 162 countries with broadcasts in over 33 languages. While working in the media and entertainment business, he helped drive social responsibility in the area of global health serving as Ambassador for UNAIDS. He is the author of What Makes Business Rock: Building the World’s Largest Global Networks (2011).

Press Conference with Bill Roedy

3-3:30pm, National Churchill Museum (immediately after the Green Lecture, open to the campus community & public) Come hear Bill Roedy, Former Chairman and Chief Executive, MTV Networks International, speak to the media and entertain questions about his historic Green Lecture and his ideas on the future of global business and leadership. Book Signing with Bill Roedy

3:30-4pm, National Churchill Museum (open to the campus community & public) Purchase Bill Roedy’s new book, What Makes Business Rock: Building the World’s Largest Global Networks, and meet the Green Lecturer/ author and have him sign a book for you or a gift for a friend or family member. Mr. Roedy’s new book has received excellent reviews on many major news channels including CNN and MSNBC.

Monday, September 26 Symposium Film Series: The Andromeda Strain (1971)

7pm, Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall Scientists battle to fight against a new strain of disease that threatens the country after it is brought to earth when an Army satellite falls from outer space in a small town in New Mexico. The film is based on Michael Crichton’s best-selling sci-fi work from 1969.

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As digital technology becomes increasingly ubiquitous, it is also becoming more social and participatory; consequently, new opportunities as well as dangers swiftly enter and exit our fast-paced lives. From the early visions of cyberspace and games to current discussions concerning open government, profound transformations in healthcare and science, innovation and sustainability, something powerful is evolving. This year’s Symposium on Democracy will examine the many novel and dynamic uses of digital technology as well as its potential to revolutionize our personal and work lives through enhanced communications, online communities, and collaboration.


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