Advancing the Human Condition

From: Office for Inclusion and Diversity

The Office for Inclusion and Diversity is hosting the first annual Advancing the Human Condition Symposium on Nov. 28-30 at the Inn at Virginia Tech. An initiative of the Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition Strategic Growth Area, the symposium features more than 18 sessions organized by colleges and Destination Areas around the question of how interdisciplinary research and scholarship advances equity and eliminates social disparities. The symposium opens with a keynote address by Sylvester Johnson, Assistant Vice-Provost for the Humanities, on "The University and Our Human Future: Advancing Equity and the Human Condition."

WORKSHOP TOPICS INCLUDE:

Future Visions of What it Means To Be Human grapples with the social, political, and ethical issues at the frontiers of biotechnologies, medical technologies, and the bio-sciences.
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 3:30 p.m., Drillfield.

Story Making as Cultural Work addresses methodologies for advancing the human condition.
Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 3:30 p.m., Latham D.
 

Interrogating What is Meant By “Advancing the Human Condition” explores these questions: Who determines the work of advancing the human condition? Whose conditions are improved and at what costs? What are the unique benefits and consequences for historically underrepresented and under-served groups?  
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 10:30 a.m. - noon, Solitude.

Our Collaboration that Advanced the Human Condition: Flint Water Study: discussion with Marc Edwards and Lee-Anne Walters. 
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 5-6:30 p.m., Latham AB.

To Change Everything It Takes Everyone: Navina Khanna, Director of HEAL Food Alliance, will discuss building a multi-racial, multi-sector movement for transformation. 
Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. The Alexander Black House.

Social Equity and Inclusion in Education Policy, Trends, Research and Communicating Research Findings to Policy makers: How can educational policy insure that all students have equal access to high quality education? Researchers, policy analysts, and public school educators explore this question during the session. 
Thursday, Nov. 30, from 10-11:30 a.m., Latham AB.

Advancing the Human Condition Through Inclusive, Sustainable Economics:  How can global and national and local institutions foster more inclusive economic systems? What role does political agency play in the potential for change?
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2-4 p.m., Solitude.

A full schedule of activities is available on the Office for Inclusion and Diversity website. Participants can register at Advancing the Human Condition Registration. Email us inclusivevt@vt.edu for questions.