Symposium Schedule


Advancing the Human Condition Symposium

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Tuesday, November 27

All sessions are held in the Latham Ballroom, Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

12:00 pm
Opening Banquet

12:30 pm
Universities Responding to Global Challenges
José Antonio Guzmán Cruzat, Chancellor of the Universidad de los Andes, Santiago, Chile
Dr. Guzmán Cruzat opens the symposium with an invitation for scholars, academics, educators, and practitioners to grapple with the complex questions of our age.

2:00 pm
Transdisciplinary Research to Augment Humanity
Andy Burnett, Knowinnovation Inc.

Faith Kirkham Hawkins, Associate Vice President for Research Innovation, Indiana University
Drawing upon the psychology of creativity the presenters explore the collaborative processes that ground innovation and discuss exemplary initiatives of transdisciplinary research.

3:45 pm
Transdisciplinary Directions for Research Funding
Representatives from grant making agencies discuss their visions for supporting innovative projects that require complex thinking and multi-faceted solutions.

5:15 pm
Demonstration: Coastal@VT
Coastal@VT catalyzes innovative solutions to sustain development of coastal built and natural environments through diversity and inclusion in research, education, and engagement. Members of the Coastal@VT transdisciplinary research team use interactive theater to demonstrate their work.

Wednesday, November 28  

Sessions are held in various locations at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

9 - 11:30 am
Graduate Student Poster Exhibit in Latham Ballroom

Concurrent sessions on areas of topical inquiry:

  • Equitable Infrastructure
  • Ethical Economies
  • Global Climate Change
  • Human Well Being
  • Human Migration
  • Tech for Humanity

11:30 - 1 pm

1 – 3:30 pm
Concurrent sessions on areas of topical inquiry continued.

4 – 5:30 pm
Bold Policies for Social Change
William A. Darity, Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, Duke University
Co-sponsored with the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) with the Department of Economics and the Africana Studies Program at Virginia Tech.

5 - 6 pm
Reception, Latham Foyer

6 - 8 pm
Closing Reflection: Artists Respond