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Arts & Design Research Incubator to Present “Mechanisms of Mind” Series

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The Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) will host a monthly series of events, “Mechanisms of Mind,” in which speakers from a wide range of disciplines across the arts, sciences, and humanities will discuss the connections between body and mind. The series is moderated by Paula Droege, Penn State senior lecturer in philosophy.

“The conversations will be insightful,” Droege said. “These issues raise fundamental questions about what makes humans tick.”

The fall series will look at aggression, politics, and the interface between mind and machine.

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, September 7, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. “Progress or Peril? American Scientists’ Cold War Search for the Key to Human Aggression,” Erika Milam, Associate Professor of History, Princeton University

Erika Milam considers the ways American scientists struggled to incorporate the aggression and violence of World War II into their accounts of human nature. If humans are unique in our capacity to commit atrocities against members of our own species, what hope is there for a just and moral human future?

Wednesday, October 12, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. “The Nature of Political Attitudes,” Pete Hatemi, Penn State Associate Professor of Political Science

Pete Hatemi examines neurobiological influences on contemporary attitudes toward politics. Our most cherished beliefs and values are often rooted in unexpected sources.

Wednesday, November 2, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. “Machine-Based Visual Assistance for Humans: The Interaction Challenge,” Vijay Narayanan, Penn State Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering

Vijay Narayanan explores the difficulties in designing a computer system that can interface with human vision. The challenge is to develop a system that can actually understand visual content in order to enhance the design of devices from visual aids to virtual reality.

ADRI provides support for high-impact arts and design research projects. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Arts and Design Research Incubator, 16 Borland.

All events are free and open to the public, but some do require registration, as space is limited. For more information, visit the ADRI website:

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