The Conference is an all-campus event open to the public. Faculty, students, and community members are invited to attend and to collaborate with others in thinking critically, creatively and ethically about opportunities and challenges the future may bring. Students will be required to participate in some of the special events, selecting among plenary sessions and a wide-ranging menu of seminars intended to stimulate reflection and discussion on "The Future."

The Conference will begin on Monday evening with a reception, the opening of an art exhibit by Jim Condron & Alberto Rey, and Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology, a film by Tiffany Shlain.

Tuesday's schedule will feature a keynote address by Nicholas Carr entitled The Mind in the Net followed by a dozen or more concurrent seminars addressing interdisciplinary topics related to the future (offered in the morning and again in the afternoon), and a luncheon presentation by Sandy Parker entitled Insights of the Future of Greater Rochester. Faculty, students, and community guests will preregister for the seminars.

Nicholas Carr. A former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, Nicholas Carr is a prolific writer and acclaimed speaker on technology, business, and culture. Nick's newest book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, examines the intellectual and social consequences of the Internet. It has received unprecedented international acclaim and has been reviewed in all major news publications. His articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times, Strategy & Business, The Guardian, the New York Times, MIT Sloan Management Review, Wired, Business 2.0, Boston Globe, Industry Standard, The Banker, Director, BusinessWeek Online as well as in his popular blog, Rough Type. Carr has served as a commentator on CNBC, CNN, and other networks and has been a featured speaker worldwide at industry, educational, and government forums. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in English literature from Harvard University.

Carr will speak on March 13, 2012 at 9:15 a.m. in Hale Auditorium in the Roberts Cultural Life Center and offer a closing presentation with a Question & Answer time at 3:00 p.m. in Shewan Recital Hall, also in the Roberts Cultural Life Center. He will focus his discussions on "The Future." We are excited to bring Carr's thought-provoking perspectives on technology, business, and culture to our Conference.

Tuesday's Luncheon Speaker: Sandy Parker, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rochester Business Alliance, will offer a presentation on Insights of the Future of Greater Rochester.

Tuesday's Academic Conference Sessions (morning and afternoon):

  1. The Future of Big Science: Unlocking the Mysteries of our Universe
  2. The Future of Branding: If You Don’t Brand Yourself, Someone Else Will
  3. The Future of Creation: The Bible’s Vision of the Earthly Salvation
  4. The Future of Criminal Justice: State-of-the-Art Technological Response to Criminal Justice Needs
  5. The Future of 'Digimodernism' in the Church: Communicating 'Christ Crucified' Amongst the 'Droids
  6. The Future of Food & Farming: Agriculture Needs to Change to Feed the World
  7. The Future of Health Care: Risks & Rewards of Information Technology
  8. The Future of Investment Advising (morning session only)
  9. The Future of Relationships: How to Live in Harmony with Those We Love
  10. The Future of Re-Mix Culture: Ethics and Ideas in an Open Source World
  11. The Future of Social Justice: Critically Engaging Stereotype and Privilege
  12. The Future of Technological Society: Computers, Carrs, and Media Ecology
  13. The Future of the Community: Will the Church Promote Sustainability?
  14. The Future of the Legal Profession: The Changing Role of Technology, Education and Economics
  15. The Future of the World's #1 National Economy: Adjusting to the Loss of American Exceptionalism