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Advancing the Human Condition Symposium
An Initiative of  Beyond Boundaries and The Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition Strategic Growth Area

November 28-30, 2017
Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

The Advancing the Human Condition symposium fosters intellectual discourse around emerging questions of the human condition from multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. The symposium adopts a dialogue format that features key discussants and respondents in conversation with other researchers, practitioners, and scholar activists.    

The symposium objectives are

  • To identify emerging questions around issues related to the human condition
  • To further the role of research and scholarship across disciplines in advancing equity and eliminating social disparities.
  • To convene academics, scholar activists, and scholar practitioners doing cross-disciplinary, innovative work around these issues.

Note that each day of the program has its own registration. Registration links appear at the top of the schedule for each day.

Schedule of sessions:

November 28th

November 29th

November 30th

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Tuesday, November 28th

Opening Lunch and Keynote:

“The University and Our Human Future: Advancing Equity and the Human Condition” - Sylvester Johnson, Assistant Provost for the Humanities
12:00 pm Location: Latham AB

Introductory remarks begin at 12:45 p.m.

Open Space Discussion

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Latham AB

Break

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Breakout sessions (Below):

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Emerging theories of the human condition
Location: Duck Pond Room

Discussant:

Melinda Miller, Assistant Professor of Economic    

Respondents:

Mary Ryan, Doctoral Candidate, ASPECT, Claudio D’Amato, Instructor of Philosophy, Olivia Lowery, Sociology major, Hollins University

 

Future visions of what it means to be human 
Location: Drillfield Room

Moderator:

Daniel Breslau, Associate Professor of Science, Technology and Society

Discussant:

Rebecca Hester, Assistant Professor of Science, Technology and Society

Respondents:

Ashley Shew Heflin, Assistant Professor and Philip Olson, Assistant Professor of STS

 

Story Making as Cultural Work: Exploring Ontological Politics and Social Change in Communities of Struggle
Location: Latham D

Moderator:

Kim Niewolny, Associate Professor of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education

Discussant:

Max Stephenson, Jr., Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director, Institute for Policy and Governance

Respondents:

Thomas Archibald, Assistant Professor of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
Bob Leonard, Professor of Theatre and Cinema
Rachel Weaver, Assistant Professor of Creative Technologies, SOVA

 

 

Learning experiences for empowerment, resilience, and engagement
Location: Cascades

Moderator:

David Brinberg, Professor of Marketing

Discussant:

Catherine Cotrupi, Assistant Director for Student Engagement

Respondents:

Mae Hey, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Andres Guerra Miguel, PhD Candidate, Civil Engineering

 

 

Evening Reception

5:00 - 6:30 p.m
Location: Latham C

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Wednesday, November 29th

Emerging Research on the Human Condition: Graduate Student Poster Exhibit -, coordinated by the Graduate School
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Latham AB

Unspeakable: A Panel on what is unspoken in research, teaching, and outreach.
Marcia Davitt, Facilitator
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Latham AB

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic and Its Consequences Through Translational Research and Community-Based Strategies, coordinated by Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and Radford University
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Smithfield

Discussants:

Donna Boyd, Eminent Professor of Anthropological Sciences, RU Forensic
Science Institute and Professor of Biomedical Science, VTCSOM
Amy Tharp, Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (Western District) and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
William Bickel, Virginia Tech Carilion Professor of Behavioral Health Research, Director Addiction Recovery Center, Co-Director, Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Health Sciences, Virginia Tech, Professor of Psychiatry, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Loyal to the Soil: Cultivating Movement from the Ground Up
Navina Khanna, Director of HEAL Food Alliance , coordinated by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
10:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: 108 HABB1

Student Roundtable , coordinated by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: 108 HABB1
University Seminar followed by reception in the HABB atrium
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Interrogating what is meant by “Advancing the Human Condition”, , coordinated by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, the Adaptive Brain and Behavior Destination Area, and the Policy Strategic Growth Area
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Solitude

Moderator:

Anisa Zvonkovic, Professor in Human Development and Family Science

Panelists: :

Gena Chandler-Smith, English
Pamela B. Teaster, Director, Center for Gerontology and Professor in Human Development
Christian Matheis, School of Public and International Affairs / Graduate School
Ashley Shew Heflin – Science, Technology, and Society

Embracing One Health to Advance the Human Condition , coordinated by the College of Veterinary Medicine
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Smithfield

Session Facilitator: Kathy Hosig, Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences

  • Rural and Underserved Populations in the United States, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
  • - Julia Gohlke, Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences
  • - Sophie Godet Wenzel. Assistant Director of the Center for Public Health Practice and Research
  • - Kathy Hosig, Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences
  • Human-Animal Interaction, 2:15-3:15 p.m.
  • - Virginia Buechner-Maxwell, Professor of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
  • - Virginia Kiefer Corrigan, Assistant Professor of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
  • - Megan Shepherd, Clinical Assistant Professor of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
  • - Lauren Dodd, Resident in Biomedical Veterinary Sciences
  • Global Underserved Populations, 3:15-4 p.m.
  • - Cassidy Rist, Assistant Professor of Practice, Population Health Sciences
  • - Kathy Hosig, Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences
  • Student Projects, 4-4:45 p.m.
  • - Michael Bittner, Public Health student
  • - Jojo Tucker, Public Health student

Mobilities, Geographies, and Imaginaries: Human Dimensions of the Built Environment,  coordinated by the College of Architecture and Urban Studies
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Latham AB

Moderator:

CL Bohannon, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

Discussant:

Sharone Tomer, Assistant Professor of Architecture

Respondents:

Michael Borowski, Assistant Professor of Photography
Vanessa Guerra, PhD candidate in Environmental Design and Planning

Ethics and Engineering , coordinated by the College of Engineering
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Latham AB

Moderator:

Pablo Tarazaga, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering 

Discussant:

Sara Mattingly-Jordan, Assistant Professor in CPAP    

World Café: Food Security and Systems
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Cascades

Facilitator:

Eric Bendfeldt, Extension Specialist, Community Viability

Interconnected Ecologies: Socio-Environmental Pressures and Global Systems of Production coordinated by the Global Systems Science Destination Area and the College of Natural Resources and Environment
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Solitude

Discussant:

Jennifer Lawrence, Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience

Respondents:

Andy Scerri, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Marcia Davitt, Postdoctoral Associate in Learning Systems Innovations

How are Technologies Advancing the Human Condition—or Not? coordinated by the College of Engineering
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Latham AB

Discussant:

Deborah Tatar, Associate Professor of Computer Science

 

Our Collaboration That Advanced the Human Condition:  Flint Residents and Flintwaterstudy.org, coordinated by the College of Science
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Solitude

Panelists:

Marc Edwards, Charles P. Lunsford Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lee-Anne Walters, Community Activist, Flint, MI

 

Reception

6:30 - 7: 00 p.m.
Location: Alexander Black House

To Change Everything it Takes Everyone: Building a Multi-Racial, Multi-Sector Movement for Transformation

Navina Khanna, Director of HEAL Food Alliance
7:00 - 8:00 p.m
Location: Alexander Black House C

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Thursday, November 30th

Disability on Campuscoordinated by the Adaptive Brain and Behavior Destination Area
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Cascades

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Marisa Fisher, Assistant Professor of Special Education, Michigan State University, board-certified behavior analyst-doctoral, and co-director of Spartan Project SEARCH

Respondents:

Carolyn Shivers, Assistant Professor of Human Development
Martina Svyantek, Doctoral student, Interdisciplinary Independent
Elizabeth Spingola, Instructional Technology Support in the College of Engineering and President for the Disability Alliance and Caucus

Social equity and inclusion in education policy: Trends, research and communicating research findings to policymakers,coordinated by the Policy Strategic Growth Area
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Latham AB

Chair:

Isabel Bradburn, Research Director in Human Development, ISCE, and the Policy SGA

Discussant:

Benjamin Katz, Assistant Professor of Human Development

Panel:

Isabel Bradburn, Research Director in Human Development, ISCE, and the Policy SGA
Tod Massa, Director of Policy Analytics, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
Karin Kitchens, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Claire Kathleen Robbins, Assistant Professor of Higher Education
Gabriel Ramón Serna, Assistant Professor of Higher Education
Dave Dickinson, Administrator of Social Studies, Montgomery County (VA) Public Schools Gunin Kiran and Penny Franklin, MCPS School Board

Comparative Mortality from Consumption Colored and White: Using Historical Data to Explore Equity in the Human Condition, coordinated by the Data and Decisions Destination Area
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Solitude

Discussant:

Tom Ewing, Professor of History

Respondents:

Sallie Keller, Professor and Director of the Social Decision and Analytics Laboratory in the Biocomplexity Institute    

 

Emerging Questions on the Human Condition: Lunch and Conversation
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Latham AB

Supporting Adaptive Brain and Behavior: The Abecedarian Approach to Social Disparities: coordinated by the Adaptive Brain and Behavior Destination Area
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Cascades

 

Speaker:

Craig T. Ramey, Distinguished Research Scholar, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, Human Development, and Pediatrics, Virginia Tech

Discussant:

Maria Stack Hankey, Research Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

The Beloved Community Initiative: Advancing the Human Condition through Inclusive, Sustainable Economics

2:00 – 4:00 p.m
Location: Solitude

Moderator:

Anne Khademian, Director of School of Public and International Affairs    

 

Discussants:

Ralph Hall, Associate, Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning
Christian Matheis, Visiting Assistant Professor
Sue Ge, Associate Professor of Economics
David Bieri, Associate Professor of Urban Affairs

 

Respondents:

Brian Britt, Chair of the Department of Religion and Culture
Sylvester Johnson, Professor of Religion and Culture

 

Evening Events

Arts and the Human Condition
6:00 – 7:00 p.m
Location: The Cube Moss Arts Center

Moderator:

Jon Catherwood-Ginn, Partnerships and Engagement Manager

Performance: Awadagin Pratt, piano
7:30 p.m
Location: Street and Davis Performance Hall’s Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre Moss Arts Center
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