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Fridays 2:30 – 4:00 CST

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Bruce Mau

March 5 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Cathy N. Davidson

March 12 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Andries (Andy) van Dam

April 9 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Andries (Andy) van Dam

April 16 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

About the Speakers

Bruce Mau Talk Thinking Forward Series Spring 2021

Bruce Mau is a brilliantly creative optimist whose love of thorny problems led him to create a methodology for whole-system transformation. Across 30 years of design innovation, he’s collaborated with leading organizations, heads of state, renowned artists and fellow optimists. A serial entrepreneur since the age of 9, he became an international figure with the publication of his landmark S,M,L,XL, designed and co-authored with Rem Koolhaas. He is author of Mau: MC24 and Massive Change; founder of Bruce Mau Studio; and co-founder and CEO of Massive Change Network, a holistic design collective based in Chicago. He is also the Chief Design Officer for Freeman, the pioneers in live brand experience.

Cathy Davidson Talk Thinking Forward Series Spring 2021

Cathy N. Davidson is Distinguished Professor of English and in the MA in Digital Humanities and MS in Data Analysis and Visualization at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is Founding Director of the Futures Initiative, a program dedicated to advancing equity and innovation in higher education. She is also the R. F. DeVarney Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University where she served as Duke’s (and the nation’s) first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Davidson has published some twenty books including Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America (Oxford UP); Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory (Norton), with documentary photographer Bill Bamberger; The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age (MIT Press), with David Theo Goldberg; and Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn (Viking). Her most recent book, The New Education: How to Revolutionize Higher Education to Prepare Students for a World in Flux (Basic Books), is recipient of the 2019 Frederick W. Ness Annual Book Prize awarded by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Davidson cofounded and codirects HASTAC (“Haystack”), Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory, the world’s first and oldest academic social network (2002-present), with nearly 18,000 members. She served on the Board of Directors of Mozilla (2012-2018) and on the National Council of the Humanities as an appointee of President Barack Obama (2011-2017). She co-directed the Digital Media and Learning Competitions sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (2006-2017). She is co-recipient of the 2012 Educator of the Year Award from the World Technology Network and the 2016 recipient of the Ernest J. Boyer Award for Significant Contributions to Higher Education.

Davidson travels extensively in the U.S. and abroad, lecturing and consulting on higher education transformation with students, faculty, chairs, deans, boards of trustees, and ministers of education on the effective ways to make education more equitable and relevant for today’s students. She is committed to higher education reform in support of a more just society. In 2019, she served as keynote speaker and panelist at the Nobel Prize Committee’s Forum on the Future of Learning in Santiago, Chile and will serve on the 2020 Nobel Prize Forum on The Challenges of Learning. Her current project, with Christina Katopodis, is “Transforming Every Classroom: A Practical Guide to Revolutionary Teaching and Learning” (Harvard University Press, ca. 2022).

Andy van Dam

Computer graphics legend, Andries (Andy) van Dam is co-designer of HES and FRESS, the first and second hypertext systems allowing information to connect through hyperlinks. Crucial to the development of modern markup and browsing technology, van Dam’s work influenced how we use the web today. He founded the computer science department at Brown University and served as its first chair from 1979-1985. A pioneer in his field, he co-authored Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice, a textbook that defined computer graphics that remains the classic standard introduction into the field.

Credited with founding SICGRAPH,  van Dam’s distinguished career includes receiving the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, the SIGGRAPH Steven A. Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics, the IEEE Centennial Medal, and honorary doctorates from Darmstadt Technical University, Swarthmore College, the University of Waterloo, and ETH Zurich.

George Legrady Talk Thinking Forward Series Spring 2021

George Legrady is an internationally exhibited and published artist, author and scholar, whose practice and research have explored since the mid-1980s the potential of born-digital processes for fine arts practice. He is a pioneer in the integration of computation with fine arts photographic practice. His research, teaching and projects contribute to the ongoing historical and contemporary developments of how technologies transform visual content to result in new kind of representations. His artistic works, teaching and writings address the intersections of computation, data, photographic visualizations resulting in works-on-paper, multi-image lenticular panels, time-based animations, and digital interactive data-based installations.

His artworks are in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, the Centre Pompidou Museum, Paris, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the musée d’art contemporain in Montreal, the Philbrook Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, 21c Museum and others. Legrady has realized a number of permanent public commissions that include the Santa Monica/Vermont Los Angeles Metro Rail (2007), the Corporate Executive Board (Arlington) (2009), and the Seattle Central Library (2005-present), a data visualization installation that may be the longest running such project to-date.

George Legrady is distinguished professor of Digital Media and directs the Experimental Visualization Lab. He is former chair of the Media Arts & Technology (2013-2017) graduate program at UC Santa Barbara. He recently held a Visiting Professional Fellowship at the Centre for Interactive Cinema at the University of New South Wales, and also a Visiting Scholar position in the Diaspora Lab at the Institut des Mines-Télécom, Paristech. Previous to UCSB, he directed the digital media graduate program at the Merz Akademie for Visual Communication in Stuttgart, co-directed the Information Arts/Conceptual Design program at the San Francisco State University, photography faculty in the Visual Arts dept. at the University of Southern California, visiting faculty at the California Institute for the Arts, and faculty in photography at the University of Western Ontario. He is a Guggenheim Fellow recipient in Visual Arts, 2016.

ATEC Research Fridays

Think Complexly about Technology and Culture

ATEC’s Research Fridays offer scholarly activities that encourage attendees to think complexly about technology, about culture, and about the many ways in which the two are inextricably entangled. The ATEC Dean’s Colloquium, Crit. Fridays, and the ATEC Watering Hole are co-curricular initiatives that cultivate the technological imagination and provide a forum to connect the dots – between what is known and the innovation that comes next.

  • Klaus Krippendorf ATEC Dean's Colloquium Speaker
  • ATEC Artist in Residence Donna Cox
  • ATEC Dean's Colloquium Speaker
  • Colloquium speaker Brenda Laurel
  • Colloquium speaker Adam Clayton Powell III
  • ATEC Artist in Residence Lynn Hershman Leeson
  • Colloquium speaker Alexandra Juhasz in 2020

ATEC Dean’s Colloquium

ATEC is passionate about the creative exchange of ideas, techniques, and research in the areas of art, science, design, technology, and emerging communication. The Dean’s Colloquium  hosts artists, scholars, and industry leaders who give talks, lecture series, and workshops about leading-edge topics and then open the floor to questions and conversation.

With thanks to:

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The Center for Brain Health
The University of Texas at Dallas


Humanities, Arts, Science, and
Technology Alliance Collaboratory (HASTAC)