a2ru 2018 National Conference Public Events

a2ru National Conference
November 1-3
University of Georgia


UGA will host the 2018 National Conference for the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) on the theme of “Arts Environments: Design, Resilience, and Sustainability.” The conference will be held in partnership with the UGA Arts Council and in conjunction with the November Spotlight on the Arts festival.

Free public sessions:

a2ru Plenary Session
Thursday, November 1 at Noon
UGA Center for Continuing Education, Mahler Hall

“The Art of Resilience: What’s at Stake for Integrating the Arts and Sciences to Achieve Sustainability and Resilience in the Anthropocene”

Participants in this free, public plenary session of the a2ru National Conference are Cassandra Fraser, professor of chemistry at the University of Virginia; Paul Shrivastava, chief sustainability officer at Penn State University; and Sha Xin Wei, professor and director of the School of Arts, Media + Engineering at Arizona State University.

a2ru Plenary Session
Friday, November 2 at 9 AM
UGA Center for Continuing Education, Mahler Hall

Rebecca Rutstein and Samantha Joye: “Expeditions, Experiments, and the Ocean: Arts and Sciences at Sea”

Rebecca Rutstein is an artist whose work spans painting, sculpture, installation, and public art and explores abstraction inspired by science, data and maps. Samantha Joye’s research examines the complex feedbacks that drive elemental cycling in coastal and open ocean environments, and the effects of climate change and anthropogenic disturbances on critical environmental processes to gain a better understanding of how future changes will affect ecosystem functioning. Her work in deep sea extreme environments explores how microbial processes interact with geological and physical processes.

a2ru Plenary Session
Saturday, November 3 at 4 PM
UGA Center for Continuing Education, Mahler Hall

“Promoting the Arts to Full Partner: A Discussion About Deep Arts Integration on Campus from Various Leadership Perspectives”

Participants in this free, public plenary session of the a2ru National Conference are Peter Linett, chairman and chief idea officer of Slover Linett Audience Research; and Harry J. Elam, Jr., the Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities, senior vice provost for education, vice president for the arts, and the Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford University.

Closing event: Human and the Machine
Saturday, November 3 at 8 PM
Georgia Theatre

Free with RSVP

The 2018 a2ru conference closing event is presented by Moogfest in partnership with the UGA Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech.