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.
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!
EPISODE 9: ANDIE VERBUS
Andie Verbus '18, recent graduate and current audio technician in the Department of
Music, tells us how technology saved their senior recital, turning the sounds of an
electric violin into the tones of a cello. (Transcript)
EPISODE 8: Michelle Humphreys
Michelle Humphreys, Associate Professor in the Department of Music, explains how technology
has advanced music while also placing restrictions, specifically in the area of percussion
and composition. Don't miss the Drones & Droids TU Persussion Ensemble concert May 8th. (Musical transitions: Akadinda Trio by Emmanuel Sejourne & Bonham by Christopher Rouse, both performed by TU Percussion Ensemble.) (Transcript)
EPISODE 7: Phillip Collister
Phillip Collister, Chair of the Department of Music, shares the good, the bad, and
the ugly when it comes to witnessing technology that revolutionizes and changes our
culture, our civiliation, and species, in small and large ways. (Transcript)
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)