2015 - Re-Imagining the Internet

The Whitney Initiative for Spirituality at UNB presents…

Beginning the Spiritual JourneyBeginning the Spiritual Journey

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A workshop featuring:
Freeman Patterson, Photographic artist
David Maginley, Chaplain QEII Hospital, Halifax
Michael & Joel Miller, Musicians
Moderated by Dr. John McLaughlin, President Emeritus UNB

Featuring the premiere screening of a biopic celebrating Dr. Norman Whitney

Date: Saturday, October 31 & Sunday, November 1, 2015
Location: Killarney Lake Lodge & Memorial Hall, UNB
Cost: $75

For more information click here.



The Mythology of Technology: Why Ethics, Values, and Virtues Matter in the Internet EraAndrews Initiative - The Mythology of Technology

Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015; 7:00PM
Location: Wu Conference Centre, UNB Fredericton Campus

This is a free public event. A reception and meet & greet will follow the presentation.

Jesse Hirsh – futurist, Internet strategist, researcher, and CBC broadcaster – will speak about the inherent spirituality of the Internet and the emerging ethics, values, and virtues of the Internet era.








New Directions in Technology: A Panel Discussion with Local ResearchersNew Directions in Technology

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015; 7:30PM
Location: Wu Conference Centre, UNB Fredericton Campus

This is a free public event. A reception will follow the panel discussion.

The panel will feature discussions on big data and agriculture, the use of social media to share research findings, and the potential for video games to inspire social change. Speakers will include Dr. Lucia O’Sullivan from the UNB department of Psychology, Dr. Kelly Bronson of St. Thomas University’s Science, Technology, and Society Studies program, and Nathan Thompson, a PhD Candidate in UNB’s department of Sociology. The three researchers will share their experiences, followed by a moderated question and answer period.





Col. Chris Hadfield

Col. Chris Hadfield, first Canadian commander of the International Space StationThe Andrews Initiative is thrilled to welcome Col. Hadfield to campus as part of our signature lecture series.

Tuesday, April 21, 7:30PM
Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium, UNB Fredericton Campus

A book signing and reception will follow his talk. Copies of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, and You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes will be available for purchase.

 “Good Morning, Earth!” While aboard the International Space Station, Commander Chris Hadfield fascinated more than 1.2 million Twitter followers with photographs, videos, and songs from space. Harnessing the power of the Internet, and especially social media, Hadfield has captivated a worldwide audience with the wonder and possibility of space.

Seeing the Forest and the Trees
Surviving and Thriving in the Coming Data Boom

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with Nora Young, Host of CBC Radio's Spark & Author of the Virtual Self

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7:30 pm
J Harper Kent Auditorium, Wu Centre, UNB Campus
Free admission

Nora Young is an informed and ideal guide for anyone looking to examine—and plan for—the ever-changing high-tech landscape; she helps audiences understand trends in gadgets, apps, social media, and more, while showing them how to better protect their privacy in our increasingly digital world. The host of CBC Radio’s Spark and the author of The Virtual Self, she demystifies technology and explains how it is shaping our lives and the larger world in which we live.

Young is the co-creator of podcast The Sniffer, and she was the founding host of CBC Radio’s Definitely Not The Opera, where she often discussed topics related to new media and technology. Her work has appeared online, on television, and in print.