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Conference Dedication

The 2001 Annual Conference of the Humanities and Technology Association is dedicated to the vision and accomplishments of Joseph Lee Vaughan (1905-1999), who was the founder of the Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication; the first provost of the University of Virginia; a master teacher; and a pioneer in the area of the humanities and technology. Joe was also a musician and an artist. All of his activities—in teaching, administration, and curricular design—were permeated by a creative spirit that enriched his own life and the lives of many others.


Program Notes and Acknowledgements

This conference would not have been possible without the help and encouragement of colleagues throughout the University of Virginia and in the Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication, especially Vanessa Pace, Michael Gorman, and Arthur Byrne. I am also grateful for the assistance of Heinz Luegenbiehl of Rose-Hulman Institute, who served as program chair for the conference and who will host the 2002 meeting of the Humanities and Technology Association at his institution.

In the program that follows, an asterisk indicates that a session or presentation has been cancelled because of circumstances related to the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. These sessions and presentations remain on the program because of the commitment the presenters involved made to the conference and because they give a clearer view of the contributions and perspectives of all those who hoped to participate.

Kathryn A. Neeley, Conference Chair

Wednesday, September 19

3:00 p.m.
The Colonnade Club
Pre-Conference Lecture
“Exotic Abortifacients: The Global Politics of Plants in the Eighteenth Century”
Londa Schiebinger
Edwin E. Sparks Professor of the History of Science, Pennsylvania State University
Sponsored by the Forum for Contemporary Thought at the University of Virginia
4:00 p.m.
The Colonnade Club
Reception following Schiebinger lecture
5:00 p.m.

Dome Room of the Rotunda
Welcome: Michael Gorman, Chair of the Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication, University of Virginia
Introduction: W. Bernard Carlson, University of Virginia
“Feedback Controls, Dynamic Systems, and Atonal Music: The Art of Invention”
Thomas P. Hughes, Mellon Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
6:00 p.m.
Reading Room of the Colonnade Club, West Lawn
Opening Reception
Robert Grainger, Chair of the Faculty Senate, University of Virginia
7:30-9:30 p.m.
The Garden Room, West Range
Conference Welcome Dinner
Welcome and Remarks: Richard Miksad, Dean of Engineering UVa; Jerry Gravander, Dean of Liberal Studies Clarkson University and President Humanities and Technology Association; and Kay Neeley, Conference Chair

Thursday, September 20

8:00 a.m
Third Floor of Newcomb Hall
Registration, Coffee, and Pastries
Newcomb Hall
1. Collision or Creative Tension? The Two Cultures Question (South Meeting Room)
John Lach, University of Virginia
Michel, Andreas, “The Persistence of The Two Cultures:  A Fresh Look at Lang’s Metropolis” (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)
Ingersoll, Earl, “(Mis)Reading Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South (1855):  David Lodge’s Nice Work (1989)” (SUNY-Brockport)
Commentary and Response: Kathryn A. Neeley, “Anxiety, Ideals, and Renewal: The Two Cultures Counterpoise” (University of Virginia)
2. Ethics, Game Playing, Crime, and Creativity in Cyberspace (Commonwealth Room/388)
Heinz Luegenbiehl, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Huff, Chuck (St. Olaf College), Johnson, Deborah (University of Virginia), and Miller, Keith (University of Illinois - Springfield), “Virtual Violations and Real Harm: Rape, Virtual Sex, and Shooter Games in Cyberspace”
Commentary and Response:
Brian O'Connell, Eastern Connecticut State University
John Portmann, Provost's Office, University of Virginia
3.  Creativity, Disorder, and the Self (Room 389)
Claire Chantell, University of Virginia
Strecker, Geralyn, “In His Disordered Fancy”: Visions of Bipolar Creativity in Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” (Ball State University)
Smith, Erin, “Breaking Apart: Macromedia Flash, Feminist Autobiography, and the eneriwomaninterface” (Western Maryland College)
*Graff, Leslie, “Writing Stories of the Self in Cyberspace: The Technological Concentration of Creativity in Online Communication” (University of Buffalo)
4.  IVANHOE: A Game of Critical Reflection and Interpretation (Board Room/376)
McGann, Jerome and Drucker, Johanna, University of Virginia
Newcomb Hall
Coffee break (refreshments served)
10:30-12 noon
Newcomb Hall
Plenary Session
Chaos, Order, and Imagination: Theorizing About Creativity in Lyric Poetry, Music, and Engineering
Michael Levenson, Chair, Department of English, University of Virginia
Orr, Gregory.  “Three Strange Angels: Crisis and Transformation in Lyric Poetry” (University of Virginia)
Presentation based on Orr’s forthcoming book (2002) in which he presents a theory of creativity that he has developed during 38 years as a lyric poet.   The book, which is entitled Three Strange Angels: Trauma and Transformation in Lyric Poetry,” is the result of his struggle to understand and ultimately describe in a coherent, non-specialist way, what it is that is so urgent (for some people) about lyric poetry.  The other participants will respond to Orr’s theory in light of their own disciplinary backgrounds and experience.
Responses by:
Diana Dabby, composer, concert pianist, and electrical engineer (Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering) (Dabby's remarks will be delivered by Kay Neeley)
Joseph A. C. (Pepé) Humphrey, chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering, UVa
12 noon-1 p.m.
Newcomb Hall
5.  Facilitating Creative Perception (Board Room/376)
Betsy Mendelsohn, University of Virginia
Matro, Thomas. “The Challenges of Teaching Creative Responses” (Rutgers University)
This session will use Raymond Carver’s very short short story “I Could See the Smallest Things” as a springboard for group discussion of several issues related to creative perception in literary and other realms.  It will address questions such as: How do we approach the challenges of teaching “creative” responses to texts, or for that matter, to problems in mechanical engineering?  How do we teach students to be “strong” readers in a variety of contexts?
Responses by:
Brian O'Connell, lawyer and philosopher, Eastern Connecticut State University
Eric Maslen, mechanical engineer and sculptor, University of Virginia
6.  Creativity and Culture: Some Alternative Perspectives (Room 389)
Maggie Lehman-Wallace, Dowling College
*Reihman, Greg, “Confucian Creativity” (Stanford University)
Potts, T.G., “If John Dewey Were Alive Today, Would He be a Web-Head?: The Internet as Democratic Ends and Means” (Longwood College)
Kononenko, Natalie, “Creativity and Folklore: Digital Analysis of Variation” (University of Virginia)
7.  The Interplay of Science and Art (Commonwealth Room/388)
Michelle Allen, University of Virginia
McManus, James W., “Duchamp’s Delays: Refracted Revelations Stripped Bare” (California State University Chico)
Raub, Cymbre, “The Polymath: A Nineteenth Century Example for Today” (North Caro-lina State University)
*Ione, Amy, “Merging Conceptual Theory with Practice: Creativity in the Visual Domain” (Diatrope Institute)
Newcomb Hall
8. Creativity in Social Context (Board Room/376)
Patricia Click, University of Virginia
McAllister, William B., “How Hungary Inadvertently Rescued Nazi Germany: Regulatory Entrepreneurs, International Drug Control, and Opium as a Strategic Material” (University of Virginia)
Meltzer, Howard Steven, “On Not Being Seen as a Work of Art: Creativity and Destruction” (Lock Haven University)
Wilkes, John, “Emergence of the Cognitive Styles Tradition in the Study of Creativity: The Case for a Relativistic View of Creativity” (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
9.  Ethics and Creativity (Commonwealth Room/388)
Deborah Johnson, University of Virginia
Townsend, Ingrid H., “A Creative Approach to “Will to Meaning”: Victor Frankl and Moral Imagination” (University of Virginia)
Finn, Geraldine (Carleton University) and Cobussen, Marcel (Erasmus University Rotter-dam), “Creativity and Ethics--In Deconstruction--In Music”
10.  Perception, Reflection, and Creative Response (Room 389)
Tim Twohill, Madison Area Technical College
Sauer, Bev, “Inventing Meaning in Gesture: The Collaborative Co-Construction of Technical Understanding in and through Gesture” (Johns Hopkins University)
Gasper, Karen (Pennsylvania State University) and Clore, Gerald L. (University of Virginia), “Feelings as Feedback: The Role of Emotion in Creative and Flexible Responding”
Kelly, Priscilla. “Creativity and Critical Thinking: Implications for the Discipline of Creative Writing” (Slippery Rock University)
Creativity and Non-verbal Modes of Communication
Ballroom, Alumni Hall
Introduction: Joseph A. C. (Pepé) Humphrey, University of Virginia
Joseph L. Vaughan Humanities and Technology Lecture

“Glass Forms/Expanding Limits”
Terje Lundaas, Sculptor and Designer, Hot Glass Design Studio, Miami, Florida
Terje Lundaas is a Norwegian-born artist who spent many years designing at various levels in the fashion industry in Europe and the U.S.A. before focusing his attention on painting and sculpture.  He now concentrates on designing and blowing glass and works primarily in hot glass, a 4000 year old art form that combines ancient tools with modern engineering. Lundaas also teaches glass blowing at the University of Miami.  He will use slides and videotape to demonstrate the techniques he uses and to acquaint the audience with his work, which has been exhibited in Europe and America.
Ballroom and Terrace, Alumni Hall
Cocktail Reception

Friday, September 21

8:00 a.m.
The Cavalier Inn
Coffee and Pastries
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The Cavalier Inn
*11.  Imagination, Categorization, and Creativity in the Sciences [Session Cancelled]
*Starr, Ann, “Western Anatomy as System of Knowledge and as Body of Imagination” (Visual Artist/Virginia Center for Creative Arts - Sweetbriar)
*12.  Integrated Approaches to Teaching Creativity [Session Cancelled]
*McNamara, Karen, ”Nurturing Creativity:  Interfacing Art and Science”
*Thurtle, Phillip, Lyall, Marta, and Rutledge, Elizabeth, “In Vivo”:  A Class That Encourages Creativity Across Natural Science, Communications, and Art”
13.  Creativity and Design (Conference Room B)
Kathryn Thornton, University of Virginia
de Monchaux, Nicholas, “Why Was the Lunar Spacesuit Soft? A Case Study in Technology, Creativity, and Design” (University of Virginia)
Mehalik, Matthew M. and Gorman, Michael E., “Inventing for the Environment” (University of Virginia)
The Cavalier Inn
Coffee break (refreshments served)
10:30-12 noon
The Cavalier Inn
14.  Models of Creativity (Conference Room B)
Jerry Gravander, Clarkson University
Schumacher, Terry, “From Creativity Models to Creative Acts: Implications and Constructivism” (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)
Mammola, Catherine, “Playing with Poetry as a Prelude to Professional Success in a High Tech Environment” (DeVry Institute of Technology)
Pfaltz, John L., “A Mathematical Model of Understanding” (University of Virginia)
15. Creativity and the Improbability: Reconsidering the Scientific Method (Madison Room)
Yacov Haimes, University of Virginia
Devor, David S., “Creativity and the Scientific Method” (Project Mind Foundation - Jerusalem) Paper being read by Melvin Cherno (University of Virginia)
DePryck, Koen, “An Evolutionary Systems Approach to Creativity” (Institute of Knowledge Management - Belgium)
Cohen, Benjamin R., “Creating Taxonomies While Creating Practice: The Role of (Pre-Periodic) Chemistry Tables” (Virginia Polytechnic and State University)
*16.  Supporting Individual and Social Creativity in Design [Session Cancelled]
*Giordano, Alessandro, “Beyond Default Parameters: Techniques to Teach 3d Modeling and Foster Design Creativity”
*Faro, Alberto and Giordano, Daniela, “Shared Design Memory, Aesthetics, and Spatialism”
*Giordano, Daniela, “Social Creativity in Design: Graphical Language, Words, and Community Values”
12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
The Cavalier Inn - Madison Room
Humanities and Technology Association Business Meeting—all welcome
(lunch boxes available)
The Cavalier Inn
17. The Process of Discovery (Conference Room A)
Jack Brown, University of Virginia
Cohen, Adam Max, “The Logic of Invention in Ralegh’s Discoverie of Guiana” (University of North Florida)
Rothbart, Daniel, “Lines, Designs, and Creative Minds in Engineering? (George Mason University)
Miller, Wayne, “Creativity and Erasure: The Clipboard and Delete Key as Determinants of Creativity” (Duke University Law School)
18.  Creativity Across the Curriculum (Conference Room B)
Larry Richards, University of Virginia
Penczek, Alan, “Creative Problem-Solving Across the Curriculum” (Villa Julie College)
Leach, Sandra and Greenberg, N., “Creativity Across the Curriculum: A Collaborative Course at the University of Tennessee” (University of Tennessee)
*19.  The Physicist, the Engineer, the Philosopher: Three Perspectives on Creativity
Chair and Organizer:
Greg Reihman (Stanford University)
*Reihman, Clare, Physics Teacher and Department Head, Pennridge High School
*Reihman, Allen, Student, MBA Program, Carnegie Mellon
*Reihman, Greg, Program Officer and Lecturer, Introduction to Humanities Program, Stanford University
This panel comprises three members: a physicist, a chemical engineer, and a philosopher.  Each panelist will present a paper in which he (a) briefly explains how creativity is understood in his particular field; (b) discusses impediments to creative thought that are unique to his discipline, and (c) shows methods that have been effective in overcoming these obstacles.
The Cavalier Inn - Conference Room B
Concluding Plenary Panel
Cultivating Creativity: Understanding, Teaching, and Sustaining Creativity
James Aylor, Chair of Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia
The panelists will lead the audience in a discussion of how creativity can be cultivated in the classroom, the laboratory or studio, and throughout individual careers.  We will consider answers to the original questions posed by the conference, identify important new questions that have emerged, and draw out the implications of both the questions and the answers.
*Pfatteicher, Sarah, “Creativity and the Engineering Curriculum” (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Baragiola, Raul, “The Rise and Fall of Creativity” (University of Virginia)
Ariel Gomez, Vice President for Research and Public Service, University of Virginia
Judith Kinnard, Chair of Architecture, University of Virginia
5:00 p.m.