2009 Faith, Reason and World Affairs Symposium
Technology has changed the way we think, see and respond to the world. What does this mean for life in the 21st century? It is commonly accepted that our world has become global, even flat.
We can connect with nearly anyone around the world immediately, order chocolate from France, work with doctors in Africa, even “see” the Great Wall of China without leaving our home, thanks to technology. It is forming an entire new generation of learners who do not know a world without mp3 players, text messages or Twitter.
The symposium will explore these realities around three central themes: how learning is evolving; economic implications; and the changes in human social interactions due to technology.
This year's Faith, Reason and World Affairs symposium features a variety of sessions that explore the impact of technology across a variety of disciplines and areas:
- How is technology changing the way we learn, teach, interact, love, worship, serve our neighbor, lead, engage in responsible citizenship, tell stories or organize our world?
- What does this mean for our nurses, librarians, scientists, students, business professionals, artists, and religious leaders?
- How are these changes beneficial? How are these changes challenging and/or harmful?
- How do these changes play out on an international and domestic level? Do all peoples have adequate access to technology?
- If technology is changing the physiology our brains and not everyone has it, what does that mean for human interaction, communication, and global citizenship in the 21st century?
- What should we, as global citizens, do about these changes?