is the subject of an upcoming conference hosted by The University of Central Florida Department of Philosophy, the QEP for Information Fluency, the UCF Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and AAC&U’s Core Commitments Grant.
They are accepting papers and the conference will feature poster sessions and panel discussions.
The conference will be form January 26-28, 2009 at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Below you will find information provided by UCF about the upcoming conference:
In the brief time humans have inhabited the earth, we have wrought great changes in the biosphere and in our consciousness. A responsible approach to knowledge would help us clarify and disseminate the best information to formulate an appropriate response to biological, social, and ethical challenges we are facing now and will face in the future.
The topics of this conference are complexly interconnected and interrelated across a variety of isciplinary dimensions, and we welcome contributions transcending academic boundaries, developing disciplinary insights in creative and unexplored ways, and those that express perspectives in diverse or underutilized media, including visual imagery, song, dance, storytelling, and technologically novel creations.
Presentations focused on any dimensions of the conference topic are welcome. We seek to be inclusive and diverse in appeal and participation, welcoming submissions of abstracts, artworks, poster sessions, and panel discussion plans from persons of various backgrounds and interests. For
example, evolution may be understood as a time dimension; environment as spatial; knowledge as the dimension of consciousness, and some combination of these dimensions leading to a fourth, the dimension of the facilitation of responsible action. This conference is the third in a series of conferences on the ability to acquire, evaluate, synthesize, and use information in responsible ways and is designed to appeal to and include a broad range of interests and topics, discussions and disagreements, and forms of presentation on these interrelated but independent issues. Our goal is to bring together scholars (students, faculty members, and administrators from both higher and secondary education), business leaders, artists, poets, musicians, health care professionals, researchers, engineers, environmentalists, activists, government employees, and all others who have interests in any or all of the topics of the conference.
Examples of possible contributions to the conference include, but are certainly not limited to:
**Librarians, information specialists, and educators from primary,
secondary, and higher education who facilitate the acquisition and
dissemination of various forms of knowledge and would like to share
ideas about improving effectiveness in conveying meaningful information to a
**Natural scientists who are in touch with crucial knowledge concerning
the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants and who seek or are
developing better ways of disseminating that knowledge
**Social scientists and historians who have a grasp of changes that have
occurred, are occurring, or might occur in human social organization
**Philosophers and those working in the humanities and other fields who
have an interest in fundamental issues of reality, truth, morality, the virtues
of honesty and courage, ways of living in beauty, or similar deep
concerns as they pertain to the conference theme
**Psychologists and others who would discuss processes underlying
self-deception, denial, disconnection, and other states that inhibit our
abilities to make good decisions and take appropriate actions
**Physicians and other health care professionals who provide insights
into evolutionary trends of medical importance, such as the development of
antibiotic resistant disease organisms, or with creative ideas
concerning the integration and presentation of knowledge about individual and
social choices that promote or diminish health and well-being
**Physicists, engineers, leaders of business and industry, and others
who can address issues of infrastructure sustainability, alternative
technologies and methodologies for meeting present and future human
**Legal scholars, economists, ethicists, and religious leaders who can
address ways of making our social institutions do the jobs they were
designed to do, to restore us to a world in which values leading to the
good of humanity and the world are of primary concern
**Agriculturists, gardeners, and biologists who will present ideas
regarding the way in which finite resources will be able to sustain an
ever-growing human population
**Artists, musicians, poets, and creative individuals of all types whose
works may help humanity to integrate what we already know or think we
know or open up new possibilities for thinking and acting
Deadlines for receipt of proposals/abstracts:
Proposals/abstracts are accepted between September 30th and November
2008. Those received by October 15th will be reviewed by an expedited
process, so please send your proposal/abstract as soon as possible.
Proposals/abstracts are accepted by e-mail only.
firstname.lastname@example.org(Nancy Stanlick, Associate Professor, Department
Philosophy, University of Central Florida).
Proposals and abstracts for poster sessions, performances, academic
papers, panel discussions, and any other forms of conference submissions
are accepted by e-mail only. Send to: email@example.com.
(UCF Students and Faculty are free of charge)
Non-UCF Professionals and Full-Time Faculty Members:
Early registration: $250 (by November 15)
On-time registration: $300 (by December 5)
In-person/on-site registration: $350 (by January 28, 2009)
Non-UCF Students, Part Time Faculty, and Others:
Early registration $150 (by November 15)
On-time registration $200 (by December 5)
Late registration $250 (by January 28, 2009)
There are no refunds after January 15, 2009. A 25% administrative fee
will be charged for all registration cancellations.
Information on Hotel Accommodations is available at
Driving Directions to UCF are available at http://www.if.ucf.edu.
Nancy A. Stanlick, Ph.D.
Associate Professor/Founding Editor, * Philosophical Review:
Journal of the Florida Philosophical Association*
Department of Philosophy
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL 32816-1352