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  • Annual Fellows Seminars bring faculty and occasionally graduate students together to explore topics that span the humanities, social sciences and the professions.
  • Participants in these Seminars are appointed as Fellows of the DCII for the full academic year. 

 

Fellows Seminars for AY 2016-2017

"Impact of Big Data on Society: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" 


Co-organizers


Monnie McGee
Statistics, Dedman College of Humanities and Science

Daniel Engels
Computer Science and Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering

 

Description

The seminar will explore the changes in
society that have been brought about by
the easy availability and constant
gathering of data on humans via various
media and digital interactions, including
smartphones, the Internet, and other
mechanisms.

Furthermore, data sets that were never
meant to be used together can now be
linked via computational methods to
reveal significant personal information
that cannot be obtained from a single
source alone.
Such linking of data sets
often violates current notions of privacy
and security.
This seminar will explore
the societal implications of data availability.

 

 


Seminar Participants/Fellows

Jeff Kahn
Dedman School of Law

Justin Fisher
Philosophy, Dedman College of Humanities and Science

 
Jennifer Dworak
Electrical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering

Dave Matula
Computer Science Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering

Mark McCoy
Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Science

Eli Olinick
EMIS, Lyle School of Engineering

 

 "Languages of Art and the Arts of the Conceptual”


Co-organizers


Michael Corris
Art, Meadows School of the Arts

Philippe Chuard
Philosophy, Dedman College of Humanities and Science

Description

The aim of the seminar is to focus on a host of related issues surrounding the nature and structure of representations,
be they in some sense pictorial or altogether different (linguistic, musical, cinematographic, choreographic, etc.), through a variety of art forms and outside the arts, including the role of graphs and diagrams in scientific theories, as well as the
use of modelling in scientific explanation and theory-building.

Another related focus concerns the limitations
such systems of representation face,
and how such limitations can be considered and theoretically explained
—and to what extent the arts can, perhaps, contribute to our understanding of such limitations.

Finally, there’s the question of
how scientific and philosophical theories
can be exploited for artistic projects,
and to what extent the resulting art forms
can thereby
contribute in some way or other to the development or evaluation of such theories.

Conversely, various scientific explanations may well be using philosophical or aesthetic assumptions or tools in their explanations: in this respect, how do such assumptions and tools contribute to the development of particular scientific projects if at all.

 

 


Seminar Participants/Fellows

Lisa Pon
Art History, Meadows School of the Arts

Anna Lovatt
Art History, Meadows School of the Arts

Peter Kupfer
Music History, Meadows School of the Arts

Zach Wallmark
Music, Meadows School of the Arts

Jennifer Matey
Philosophy, Dedman College of Humanities and Science

Brad Thompson
Philosophy, Dedman College of Humanities and Science

 

To see previous year's Fellows Seminars, click here.