2019 Mini Conference: "Technology and the Interpersonal"

2019 Mini Conference: "Technology and the Interpersonal"

On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Barry University will host its annual one-day Undergraduate Mini Conference.

This exciting all-day event includes presentations, workshops, guest speakers from local community-based agencies, and many other interesting sessions designed to help understand the ethics and politics of data and information, as well as the pros and cons of modern technology.

Attending conference sessions may be required or optional assignments for many classes. Instructors may require attendance to the conference as part of a class assignment.

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9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Calm in the Chaos: Applying Daoism, 'Way of Clarity-and-Stillness' (qīngjìng dào 清靜道), in our social networking relationships

Presented by: Pawena Sirimangkala, Department of Communication
Location: Andreas Room 111

Digital Bodies - the Death of Ballet

Presented by: Sean Erwin - Professor of Philosophy, PACE
Rebecca King Ferraro, Respondent - Conversations in Dance podcaster and Miami City Ballet Dancer
Location: Andreas Room 112

Rhetorics and Communities on Social Media

  • Ligia Mihut - Buildling Community in Digital Spaces
  • Paige Banaji - Feminist Debates on Social Media: Calling Out and Listening

Presented by: Department of English and Foreign Languages
Location: Andy Gato Gallery, Thompson Hall


10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Artificial Intelligence and the Renaissance of Liberal Arts in the 21st Century

Presented by: Ricardo Jimenez - Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Location: Andreas Room 111

Technology, Reality, and Hyperreality

  • Linda Berdayes - So you think mobile devices are empowering... maybe not
  • Laura Alonso-Gallo - Life Illusions and Human Paralysis in Contemporary U.S. Fiction

Presented by: Departments of Communication and English and Foreign Languages
Location: Andreas Room 112

Public Advocacy via Social Media, Part I

  • Emma James - Social Media Algorithms versus Users' own Problem-Posing
  • Michidael Ceard - Social Media as Anthropological Tools
  • Johania Charles - Social Media among Female Activists

Presented by: Honors Program students
Location: Andy Gato Gallery, Thompson Hall


12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Plenary Session

Presented by: Colin Koopman, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Oregon will serve as the keynote speaker
Location: Broad Auditorium

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

How Technologies Reshape Human Communications and the Interpersonal

  • Katherine Nelson - New Technologies and Human Communication: Connection or Isolation?
  • Mariely Valentin-Llopis - Who am I? In the Era of Text, Social Media, and Big Data
  • Vicente Berdayes - Advertising and the Shaping of Gender

Presented by: Department of Communication
Location: Andreas Room 111

Public Advocacy via Social Media, Part II

  • Brianna Lopez - The Effects of Internet Language on First-Year Student's Academic Writing
  • Walter MacWaters - The Right to Privacy in a Modern Age
  • Nicole Rafols - Children's Self-Esteem and the Role Social Media Plays

Presented by: Honors Program students
Location: Andreas Room 112

On Cass Sunstein's, #Republic

Presented by: Darrell Arnold - Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Miami Dade College
Location: Andy Gato Gallery, Thompson Hall