Conference Agenda

The 2015 a2ru National Conference will feature a mix of presentations, large & small conversations, breakout sessions, and extended blocks of working time in a variety of formats. 

Sunday, Nov. 8

5:30 pm                  
Welcome Reception and Registration  
heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar        
Preview highlighted exemplars and explore FutureHAUS                                                                                                                                        

7:00 pm                  
Welcome Remarks  
Ben Knapp, Director of the Institute of Creativity, Arts & Technology, Virginia Tech
Ruth Waalkes, Associate Vice Provost of the Arts / Executive Director of the Center for the Arts, Virginia Tech
Laurie Baefsky, Executive Director of a2ru                                                                           


Monday, Nov. 9

9:00 am                  
Opening Keynote Address  
Charles Lindsay, Artist and Director of the SETI AIR Program                                                                                   
The Third Space: A Field Report
Charles Lindsay is a multi-disciplinary artist interested in technology, eco-systems, semiotics, and esoteric forms of humor. He creates immersive environments, sound installations, sculptures built from salvaged aerospace and bio-tech equipment, videos and photographs. He has recently become the Director of the SETI Institute’s Artist in Residence Program.

Charles will discuss his work at SETI, from the vantage point of directing the AIR program to his personal experience collaborating with astrophysicist Laurance Doyle – who employed information theory and algorithms to prove that humpback whale communications exhibit syntax. Lindsay’s installation “CODE Humpback” references this research through sculptural audio / visual works, combining ideas about encrypted signals and inter-species communications. “CODE Humpback” will be exhibited at MassMoca spring 2016.

10:30 am                  
Breakout Sessions: Institutional Catalysts                                                    
How can institutions spark and support third space work?                                                                                    

  • Data-Driven Catalysts: Sally Gaskill, Director, Strategic National Arts Alumni Project                           
  • Student-Driven Catalysts: Susan Cahan, Associate Dean for the Arts, Yale University                           
  • Faculty-Driven Catalysts: Nalini Nadkarni, Professor, Dept. of Biology, University of Utah & Glenn Prestwich Presidential Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Director, Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars, University of Utah          

1:00 pm                  
State of the Network – All a2ru Member General Meeting                                                  

1:30 pm                  
Conversation I                                                    
Fostering a Culture of Transdisciplinarity in the Research University: A Foundation for Supporting Practitioners

  • Shannon Jackson, Director of the Arts Research Center, UC Berkeley
  • Raymond Tymas-Jones, Associate Vice President for the Arts & Dean, College of Fine Arts, University of Utah
  • Deborah D. Stine, Professor of the Practice, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Ruth West, Director of xREZ Art & Science Lab, University of North Texas
  • Bruce Mackh, Director of Arts & Cultural Management, Michigan State University (former Mellon Research Project Director, ArtsEngine, University of Michigan)

3:30 pm                  
Dialogues: Key Challenges Now and on the Horizon                                                  
Roundtables on current hot-button issues identified by partners and conference attendees

5:00 pm                  
heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

7:30 pm                  
Sankai Juku performance (optional, tickets required)


Tuesday, Nov. 10 

7:15 am                  
a2ru Committee Breakfast Meetings                                                 

9:00 am                  
Conversation II                                              
Strengthening the Groundwork for Transdisciplinary Practice

  • Carol Strohecker, Vice Provost, Rhode Island School of Design & Founding Co-PI for the SEAD Network
  • Marc Hebert, Board Chair, Leonardo and COO of Estuate
  • Rieko Yajima, Visiting Research Scholar, Center for Design Research, Stanford University
  • Bill O’Brien, Senior Innovation Advisor to the Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Patricia Raun, Director, School of Performing Arts, Virginia Tech

11:00 am                  
Parallel Critique Sessions (3 exemplars                                            

1:30 pm                  
Parallel Critique Sessions (3 exemplars)

3:00 pm                  
ReSound/Critique Reports
plenary conversation about day’s discussions and issues

4:00 pm                  
Shared Practice Modules Development Workshops
Arts & Health
Arts & Entrepreneurship

7:30 pm                  
Trojan Women Performance (optional, tickets required)

Wednesday, Nov. 11 

9:00 am                  
Closing Keynote Address
Steven Tepper, Dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University
“Beyond Cool Projects and Passing Partnerships”

10:30 am                  
Conversation III                                           
High-Impact Regional Partnerships: Broadening Collaboration Between Universities and the Public & Private Sectors

  • Ann Markusen, Director, Project on Regional and Industrial Economics, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Greg Esser, Desert Initiative Director, Arizona State University
  • David Ehrenpreis, Director, Institute for Visual Studies and Professor of Art History, James Madison University
  • Del. Joseph R. Yost, Virginia House of Delegates, District 12

12:00 pm                  
Wrap-Up and Call to Action                                        
Laurie Baefsky, Executive Director of a2ru


Conference adjourns at 12:30 pm