Symposium Schedule

Thursday, March 20, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Wright State University Student Union


Registration is now closed. Call Event Services at (937) 775-5512 to verify space availability.

Time Activity
8:30-9:00 a.m. Check-In (Skylight Lobby) and Continental Breakfast (Apollo Room)
9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome (Apollo Room)
9:30-10:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions I

A Conversation with Sam Sifton

Join New York Times journalist and editor Sam Sifton for an interactive conversation about what it's like to work in the ever-changing field of media.

Big Data and Smart Healthcare

With the rapid proliferation of mobile phones, social media, and sensors, it is critical to collect and convert this big data into actionable information that is relevant to making decisions. We will explore challenges associated with and approaches for synthesizing relevant background knowledge and inferences that can enable smart healthcare, ultimately benefitting the community at large.

Envisioning Flight in the Wright Brothers Era

In May 1899, Wilbur Wright wrote a letter to the Smithsonian Institution, indicating he was beginning a systematic study of the subject of flight and asking for all available information on the subject. This presentation will explore the information Wilbur received, the state of aviation research at the turn of the century, and how the Wright Brothers, and others, advanced that research.

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions II

The Future of Higher Education

The national president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the president of the Ohio Conference of AAUP, and the president of the Wright State chapter of AAUP will discuss the future of higher education in the U.S., with attention to issues of access and affordability, the use and abuse of technology, and the changing nature and roles of the faculty.

Is Sustainability Possible?

This session will explore some of the overall successes, concerns, and roadblocks to achieving sustainability  while at the same time offering ways businesses strive to meet the challenge and how individuals are mobilizing to do so as well.

Literary Visions of the Future

The panelists will discuss how literature helps its readers imagine the future, in particularly how literature offers its own kind of "laboratory" for thinking about the social relations of the future and how humans will respond to new technologies.

12:30-1:45 p.m.

Luncheon Address (Apollo Room)

The Future of Journalism by Sam Sifton, National Editor of The New York Times

We once got our news from newspapers thrown on our front lawns. Increasingly, though, news arrives via text message, airport televisions, laptops or tablets, and phones. Sam Sifton, a senior editor at The New York Times, talks about the future of journalism in a digital world and how The Times is responding to it.


The symposium is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Registration is now closed. Please call (937) 775-5512 to verify space availibility.

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