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Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

Event Details

When: April 19, 2016, 6:30 PM

Location: Sundance Cinema 6

Contact: 608-316-4676, josh.pultorak@gmail.com

Presented by the Marie Christine Kohler Fellows @ WID in collaboration with the Wisconsin Film Festival

The Marie Christine Kohler Fellows of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery are dedicated to fostering dialogue across disciplinary boundaries. We are a team of UW graduate students whose mission is to connect researchers across traditionally disparate fields and to bridge the University with the community at large through organizing a variety of campus and community events, performances, and workshops with interdisciplinary themes. For our upcoming event, and in collaboration with the Wisconsin Film Festival, we will host a conversation between attendees and UW faculty following the screening of Werner Herzog’s latest documentary, Lo & Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016). The film is “an examination of the existential impact of the internet, robotics, AI, the internet of things, and more, on human life.” Audience members will have the opportunity to discuss the film with our panel of UW professors, experts in areas at the exciting, and often alarming, intersection of humanity and digital technology.

Legendary director Werner Herzog explores the great digital frontier in this mind-expanding documentary. It delves into the mysteries of the internet and the promise of artificial intelligence, as well as their implications for cyber security, robotics, and our own sanity.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring UW faculty scholars from a range of disciplines across campus whose academic work speaks to the themes of this film.

Panel Speakers

Robert Glenn Howard

Robert Glenn Howard

Robert Glenn Howard

Professor, Rhetoric, Politics and Culture.

– Online expression and human agency.


Kevin Ponto

Kevin Ponto

Kevin Ponto

Assistant Professor, Design Studies, Living Environments Laboratory.

– Virtual reality and human-computer interactions.


Catalina Toma

Catalina Toma

Catalina Toma

Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences.

– The impact of communication technologies on relationships.

Christina Matta

Assistant Faculty Associate, Technical Communication Program, Engineering Professional Development.

– Social and ethical impacts of technology