Sessions

  1. The Future of Big Science: Unlocking the Mysteries of our Universe
    Brief description: We will discuss the current status of our big questions surrounding the nature of the universe. We face big challenges in the fields of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology due to the technological advances we need, the nature of the scientific questions we are trying to answer, the economy, the size and expense of our collaborations and the globalization of our efforts. These challenges and the importance of these lines of inquiry will be discussed.
    Presenter: Sarah Demers Konezny (Assistant Professor of Physics, Yale University; Member of the ATLAS Collaboration at CERN's Large Hadron Collider)
    Room: Smith Science Center 116/210 Lecture Auditorium

  2. The Future of Branding: If You Don’t Brand Yourself, Someone Else Will
    Brief Description: We ourselves are personal brands. Most don't realize that, and those of us who do grossly underestimate the value and importance of our own brand. This workshop will assist you in identifying and developing your personal brand. You just may be the next Malcolm Gladwell or Oprah and not even know it.
    Presenter: Tom Proietti (Professor of Communication, Monroe Community College; Visiting Scholar in Media, St. John Fisher College)
    Room: Hastings 117

  3. The Future of Creation: The Bible’s Vision of the Earthly Salvation
    Brief description: This world was meant to be our home. God lovingly created the earth and pronounced all he made “very good” (Genesis 1:31), and called humanity to responsible stewardship of this world (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15). Yet creation has been impacted by human sin and now groans and suffers in bondage (Romans 8:20, 22). Has God given up on this broken world? Contrary to the expectation of many Christians that when Christ returns the earth will be destroyed and the faithful will go to heaven, this is not what the Bible teaches. Rather, the Bible promises “a new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1), a renewed creation that in some sense has already begun, but that will reach its climax when God finally conquers evil and sets things right.
    Presenter: J. Richard Middleton (Professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis, NES)
    Room: Pearce 80

  4. The Future of Criminal Justice: State-of-the-Art Technological Response to Criminal Justice Needs
    Brief description: The Monroe County Sheriff's Office strives to stay ahead of the technological curve by using advanced equipment to investigate accident scenes, solve crimes, etc. Though there is no replacement for good old-fashioned police work, advances in technology have made state-of the art technology a critical component of solving today's crimes. In this session you will be able to see, first-hand, some of the equipment the MCSO uses to research, inspect, scrutinize and examine a crime scene.
    Presenter: Sheriff Patrick M. O'Flynn (Monroe County Sheriff's Office)
    Room: Pearce 134

  5. The Future Of ‘Digimodernism’ in the Church: Communicating the ‘Christ Crucified’ Amongst the ‘Droids
    Brief description: 'Digimodernism' (a term coined by Alan Kirby) is not simply about technology; it implies wide-ranging changes in cultural attitudes toward conversation, community and spirituality. How is the church's self-understanding and mission affected by digimodernism? How can we best communicate 'Christ Crucified' to a digimodern audience?
    Presenter: Jonathan P. Case (Professor of Theology, Houghton College)
    Room: Pearce 139

  6. The Future of Food & Farming: Agriculture Needs to Change to Feed the World
    Brief description: Farmers somehow need to double their output by 2050 to feed a growing world population. And they need to do it while adjusting to climate change, genetically modified foods (GMOs), a shrinking land base, and politically instabilities. Who will pick the crops?
    Presenter: Tom Rivers (Reporter, The Daily News Batavia; RWC Alumnus)
    Room: Pearce 81

  7. The Future of Health Care: Risks & Rewards of Information Technology
    Brief description: Information technology is changing the landscape of health care services. There are both risks and rewards inherent in the use of information technology that can impact quality, safety, and privacy of information. Upon completion of this session, participants will understand the transformation in how health care information is communicated across different care environments, appreciate the implications of health information technology on consumer safety and outcomes, and discuss the allocation of resources with the application of information technology in health care.
    Presenters:

    • Cheryl Crotser, PhD, RN, NE-BC (Associate Professor of Nursing, RWC)
    • John Schrenker MPA (Assistant Professor of Health Information Administration; Director, M.S. in Health Information Administration Program, RWC)
    • Judith Treschuk, RN, PhD, CNS, CNE (Professor of Nursing, RWC)
    Room: Smith Science Center 318

  8. The Future of Investment Advising (morning session only)
    Brief description: This session will focus on the trends in the wealth advisory field and what the next 10 years may look like.
    Presenter: Lori Van Dusen (Principal, LVW Advisors)
    Room: Cultural Life Center 219

  9. The Future of Relationships: How to Live in Harmony with Those We Love
    Brief description: Although we are arguably more connected with other people today than ever before, that doesn't guarantee fulfilling relationships. In fact, many of us report feeling quite lonely. How can we nurture and strengthen our relationships with family, friends, and significant others in the years to come? In the session, we will examine this crucial question and offer some encouraging ideas for consideration and discussion.
    Presenter: Linda Quinlan (Assistant Professor of English, Literature, and Composition, RWC)
    Room: Smith Science Center 319

  10. The Future of Re-Mix Culture: Ethics and Ideas in an Open Source World
    Brief description: An interactive discussion centering around issues of copyright, intellectual property rights, open-source, fair use, and the ideal of the internet as a community vs. its current place as a commodity. In addition, the session will highlight some of the positive and powerful aspects of the internet specifically in the Social Justice arena and with community projects such as kickstarter.com.
    Presenter: Romy Hosford (Assistant Professor of Visual Art, RWC)
    Room: Cox 203 Auditorium

  11. The Future of Social Justice: Critically Engaging Stereotype and Privilege
    Brief description Forthcoming
    Presenter: Rodmon King (Instructor of Philosophy, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; RWC Alumnus)
    Room: Pearce 136

  12. The Future of Technological Society: Computers, Carrs, and Media Ecology
    Brief Description: Most of us operate under the assumption that we are in control of our own destiny-that we are free. But media ecology scholars dispute this contention. They see us as people who are slaves to the material situation that surrounds us. Our tastes, our affections, our morality, our habits-indeed, our entire identity is dictated by forces outside of our control. Carr illustrates the power of one technology to remap our intellect, and this session will provide a survey of media ecology scholarship and how our technological society is restructuring human experience.
    Presenter: Paul Stewart (Professor of Communication; Director First-Year Seminar, RWC)
    Room: Pearce 82

  13. The Future of the Community: Will the Church Promote Sustainability?
    Brief description: Numerous lines of evidence are pointing toward the same conclusion: Society will need to change to become sustainable, especially in the use of natural resources and the designs of the communities, large and small, that depend upon those resources. We will explore some current trends in seeking sustainability and discuss whether the Church will lead, thwart, or simply observe from the sidelines.
    Presenter: Lynn Braband (Senior Extension Associate, NYS Integrated Pest Management Program of Cornell University)
    Room: Smith Science Center 317

  14. The Future of the Legal Profession: The Changing Role of Technology, Education and Economics
    Brief description: This session will include discussion on the current factors radically changing the structure and practice of law, and the impact on clients and society.
    Presenter: T. Andrew Brown (Managing Partner, Brown Hutchinson, LLC; past president of the Monroe County Bar Association)
    Room: Hastings 124

  15. The Future of the World's #1 Economy: Adjusting to the Loss of American Exceptionalism
    Brief description: What will the world economy look like in 20 years? Will emerging national economies around the world fully "emerge" and will America retain its economic superiority? How is America preparing its next generation and what impact will it have on our relative position to the emerging economies of the world? These and other questions will be explored as America's relative position in the global economy is discussed.
    Presenter: Scott Sittig (Senior Associate at the Center for Governmental Research; RWC Alumnus)
    Room: Hastings 123