This year the college will provide artistic explorations and commentaries on the theme of technology. Drones & Droids will explore topics from a world in which cars drive themselves, drones deliver goods, and computer algorithms are replacing human workers.

College of Fine Arts and Communication 2018-19 theme: Drones and Droids

Theme Scholar: Dr. Terry B. Ewell, Department of Music

In his introductory essay to this year’s theme, Dr. Ewell discusses the impact that technology has had on our lives and how it continues to shape our modern world. Dr. Ewell's latest meditation on technology and teaching, Becoming Digital Professors, explores the issue of whether university professors can and are willing to adjust course delivery and content to take advantage of the online skills students already possess and to address the new competencies that students should master. Explore more scholarly work from Dr. Ewell at the bottom of this page.

Podcast Series: Drones & Droids Spring 2019

This semester, Drones & Droids podcast series continues with another line up of incredible faculty, staff, and students.  You will hear from Form.Print curator, Joshua DeMonte as he explores the processes within digital fabrication; we will catch up with Jenn Figg & Matthew McCormack on their latest glass installation, Virgo that employs environmental data from weather stations, that recreate and extend the magic of each nightly sunset. It's going to be an exciting season! Stay tuned...

EPISODE 5: Jennifer Figg and Matthew McCormack

Jenn Figg & Matthew McCormack, faculty from the Department of Art + Design, take you on a journey through their ever evolving installations and sculptures as they travel across the country on a year-long sabbatical. (Transcript)


EPISODE 4: Ryan Murray

Ryan Murray, associate professor in the Department of Electronic Media and Film, explores the risks associated with new technologies that manufacture their own realities. (Transcript)

EPISODE 3: Luis Engelke

Luis Engelke, professor of trumpet and brass studies from the Department of Music, explores the question: "How does technology impact your discipline?" (Transcript)

EPISODE 2: La Tonya Dyer

La Tonya Dyer, from TU's Office of Academic Innovation, describes her search for new technologies and the endless possibilities it provides to academia. (Transcript)

EPISODE 1: Terry B. Ewell

COFAC's Drones & Droids podcast series picks up this week with Dr. Terry B. Ewell as he explores how students view the world and engage in classes. (Transcript)