2014 Critical Issues Symposium #HopeCIS



Topic of 2014

Technology & the Future of Being Human

September 23 - 24, 2014

CIS Poster


Keynote Sessions will be held at Dimnent Chapel

TUESDAY, 7pm - DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF Twitter image@rushkoff

WEDNESDAY, 9am - GLORIA MARK Twitter image@gmark6

Douglas Rushkoff Gloria Mark

Douglas Rushkoff is the author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, as well as a dozen other bestselling books on media, technology, and culture, including Program or Be Programmed, Media Virus, Life Inc. and the novel Ecstasy Club. He wrote the graphic novels Testament and A.D.D., and made the television documentaries Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders, and Digital Nation. Rushkoff earned his PhD in New Media and Digital Culture from Utrecht University with a dissertation entitled Monopoly Moneys: The media environment of corporatism and the player's way out. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, received an MFA in Directing from California Institute of the Arts, a post-graduate fellowship (MFA) from The American Film Institute, a Fulbright award to lecture on narrative in New Zealand, and a Director's Grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He lives in New York, and lectures about media, society, and economics around the world.

Gloria Mark is a professor in the Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on studying the impact of digital technology in real-world contexts. Her current projects include studying precision tracking of digital media use, mood and stress among information workers and the Millennial generation, the use of ICTs in environments disrupted by conflict, and workplace social media. She received her PhD in Psychology from Columbia University. Prior to joining UCI in 2000, she worked at the German National Research Center for Information Technology (GMD, now Fraunhofer Institute) and has been a visiting researcher at Microsoft Research and IBM. In 2006 she received a Fulbright scholarship where she worked at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications in top conferences and journals in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work. Her work has also appeared in the popular press such as The New York Times, the BBC, NPR, Time, and The Wall Street Journal.

Department Sponsored Sessions

We invite faculty members who are interested in hosting a department session to apply for funding from the CIS committee.

Application form for Funding for Department Sessions


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