Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Humanities and Technology in the 21st Century: A New Vision of the Liberal Arts?

Patrick Quinn, Heinz C. Luegenbiehl, Kathryn A. Neeley, Lee Odell.

"Creating the Faculty Resources and Professional Community Required to Integrate the Humanities into Engineering Education": Kathryn A. Neeley
This presentation will describe a set of ongoing efforts aimed at creating an interdisciplinary community of engineering educators who share a compelling vision of the integral role that the humanities and social sciences (HSS) can and should play in engineering education. This new interdisciplinary community will draw on the strengths of the existing communities in the HSS and engineering, but go beyond them to create a larger community with a new common professional culture and a commitment to optimizing the contribution of the humanities and social sciences to engineering education.
"Humanities Core Through Engineering Eyes": John P. Harrington
Changing accreditation standards, shifting job markets, and evolving disciplinary areas have all reoriented the context in which Humanities, Liberal Arts, and General Education requirements function in engineering education. Some select, pilot inquiries to engineering faculty suggest a new set of expectations for their undergraduate student needs outside engineering. Assessing the engineer's expectations will enable the Humanist to create new and more productive partnerships in technology education.
"Best Practices for Integrating Technical and Humanistic Learning": Heinz C. Luegenbiehl
Students in technological disciplines need exposure to more than technical subject matter in order to appropriately apply their knowledge. However, the traditional approaches found in the humanities leave little room for exploring the connection of the technical and the humanistic. This presentation presents models useful for overcoming the long-established dichotomy.
“So What Will a Liberal Arts Education Be Like in 2060?”: Patrick J. M. Quinn
The twenty-first century belongs to technologists. So how can we guarantee that the values of Humanistic inquiry will somehow be inculcated into the technologist of the future. What courses can be foreseen today that might demonstrate this symbiotic blending of the creative and technological mind.


Patrick Quinn  (United States)
Humanities and Arts
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Patrick Quinn is Professor of English Literature and Head of Humanities at Worcester Polytechnic. His main research interests include the literature of the Great War and English and American Decadent Literature

Heinz C. Luegenbiehl  (United States)
Dept. of Humanities & Social Science
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Heinz C. Luegenbiehl is Head of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department and Professor of Philosophy and Technology Studies at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Indiana, USA. He has written extensively on engineering ethics, liberal education for engineers, and cross-cultural value issues.

Kathryn A. Neeley  (United States)
Associate Professor
Department of Technology, Culture, and Communication
University of Virginia

Kathryn A. Neeley is Associate Professor of Technology, Culture, and Communication in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. She has served as president of the Humanities and Technology Association and as chair of the Liberal Education Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. Currently, she serves as co-chair of a task force whose goal is to integrate the humanities and social sciences into engineering education.

Lee Odell  (United States)
Professor and Asociate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences
Language, Literature, and Communication
Renselaer Polytechnic Institute

I have edited several books, including Writing in Non-Academic Settings, and Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing. I am currently at work on a book that integrates visual and verbal discourse. I am former Chair of the Conference on College Communication and Communication (CCCC) and have won the Richard Braddock Award for the most outstanding article in CCCC's principal journal.

  • Technology
  • Humanism
  • Engineering
  • Technical Advancement
  • Education
  • Social Science
  • Liberal Arts

(90 min. Colloquium, English)