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Year of Technology and Humanity Research Guide: Calendar of Events - Spring 2014

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Spring 2014 Lectures

Is Social Media Antisocial?
Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 2:30pm at EATM 208
Lecture by Dr. Bernard Luskin, an eminent and widely honored expert in the intersection of technology, media and education, president of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Media Psychology and Technology and the president of Moorpark College. 

What to Do When Aliens Visit Earth?
Thursday, January 30, 2014 2:30pm at EATM 208
All Campus Seminar with Ron Wallingford and Janice Daurio

To prepare for discussion, please read: Excerpt from The James Clayton Column: What to do when aliens visit Earth 
“'What do I do when the aliens arrive?' is a question I often ask myself. We know they’re out there, and we know that they are going to come because, hey, why wouldn’t they? When they arrive I want to greet them properly and ensure that my behaviour, attitude and actions are all correct. For instance, is it wrong to look an alien visitor in the eye before you’ve initiated conversation? Should we put on a buffet for the landing party and, if so, should we stick to a kosher or vegetarian menu? Should you offer to shake hands or tentacles or feelers before venturing to embrace them in a hug? Maybe skipping straight to sex might be best in order to exemplify the ultimate expression of Earth love or truly excite and impress them.  Is protection necessary for an extraterrestrial tryst?"

Fun and Romance in Virtual Worlds: Creation of Primary Relationship
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 12:00-1:00 at COM 129 (TV Studio)
Professor Daniel Vieira

Today we are seeing a growing number of people who engage in online relationships in what sociology calls "tertiary groups," an emerging form of human group in which there is no physical, face-to-face contact at all. By use of internet technology, people create "avatars" in online games and worlds (such as World of Warcraft and Second Life) in which they enter all sorts of co-operative ventures. In his discussion, professor Daniel Vieira will go over many of these points with pictures and perhaps clips of people interacting in virtual communities. He will present a sociological analysis of these primary level relationships in tertiary groups, and the effects both in the virtual world and the "real world" that come from such connections. 

Can the Environment and Technology Coexist?
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 2:30pm at EATM 208
Leah Donahey, Alaska Wilderness League Program Director for Arctic Ocean and Reserve

Is drilling for Arctic oil worth the risk to the environment?
Leah Donahey, Alaska Wilderness League Program Director for Arctic Ocean and Reserve will present the threats and risks facing the Arctic Ocean from climate change and drilling.  

Grass Roots Activism and America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act
America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act proposes to add over 9 million acres of the most unique and iconic desert landscapes of the U.S. to the National Wilderness Preservation System. It was written by citizens and includes an exhaustive, detailed and survey with over 70,000 mapped photographs. Professor Lori Clark will share her experiences working as a citizen activist on the land inventory and in her roles as a grass roots organizer, lobbyist, and advocate for wilderness preservation.

Heart, Mind, and Brain: Psychological Insights into Technology and Humanity
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 2:30pm in EATM 208
Nadia Monosov, Margaret Tennant and Julie Campbell

A panel of psychologists from Moorpark College will present on the connection between technology and how humans behave, think, and feel.  Following the presentations, there will be a Q&A period in which audience members will have the opportunity to interact with the panel members.  For more information, email Julie Campbell at

One Size Fits All? Is Individuality Being Lost Through Advances in Fitness Technology?
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm at COM 129 (TV Studio)
Professor Jeff Kreil and Rick Wenner

Our Society has always been driven to find the "perfect exercise," the "perfect workout" and the "quick fix" for fitness perfection. The evolution of fitness-related technology has seen incredible transformations of devices and services. Is the growth and sophistication of fitness technology ignoring the personalized approach that people need to reach their health and fitness goals?
8 minute abs! Thigh master! Activity tracking devices! The industry of fitness continues to pioneer innovative ways to grow through advances in technology. Travel through time with Jeff Kreil and Rick Wenner, MBA to learn how fitness technology changed personal health and continues to impact how we approach lifestyle change.

Faced With the Realities of Environmental Degradation, How Can You Make a Difference?
Thursday April 10, 2014 1pm, EATM 208
Professors Jana Johnson, Katherine Courtney, Amy Blount Lay, and Cynthia Minet

Scientists and artists approach the ecological issues facing our planet in similar ways. They seek to effect change through research, activism, and influence. Faced with the realities of deforestation, marine debris, species extinction, and pollution, how can an individual make a difference? The four presenters at the Planet Symposium will lecture on their methods.
Jana Johnson, PhD, MC Biology professor and founder of the Butterfly Project will talk about her research.
Katharine Courtney, MS, MC Botany professor will present Trashed, a discussion of litter and environmental degradation.
Amy Blount Lay, MFA, artist and founder of Plastic: The Real Sea Monster, will present on the work she does with the Surfrider Foundation in the public schools.
Cynthia Minet, MFA, organizer and MC art faculty, will present an overview of her work and the Gyre: The Plastic Ocean exhibit at the Anchorage Museum, Alaska.

Planet: An Ecological Symposium and Art Exhibit
Following the presentations, participants are invited to view the Planet art exhibition in the Moorpark College Art Gallery. The students, alumni, faculty and visiting artists in the show will discuss their works in artists' talks at 3:15 pm. The exhibit runs from March 28- April 23, 2014. For more information contact Cynthia Minet at