The arts, humanities, and education are fundamentally concerned with all aspects of what is meaningful to humans. The arts widen and sharpen our perception of the world and others; the humanities train us to understand complex interrelations; and education is concerned with preparing people to make independent decisions and develop a resilient character. Acting ethically requires the combination of all three aspects of precise perception, complex understandings, and independent decision making. The digital age poses many ethical concerns of enabling moral violations, invisibilizing ethical concerns, changing standards of behavior, and radicalizing minority views. The digital age also has transformed the arts, humanities, and education in many ways and extended their possibilities. For many centuries, the arts, humanities and education were aligned with the ethical concern of their age. The huge demand of our age is to match and realign the novel ethical concerns of the digital age with the transformed arts, humanities and education.
Digital Arts, Humanities and Education at IU
Indiana University is famous for its arts and humanities programs, including the world-renowned Jacobs School of Music. The university has launched digital arts and humanities programs on both Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses. It is also home to the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, the Consortium for the Study of Religion Ethics and Society (which hosts a workshop series on Ethics in the Information Age), the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, and the Lake Institute in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
Keywords: digital arts and humanities, education, and research, digital tools for creating, capturing, sharing, and storing works; the role of arts and humanities in envisioning the future and understanding ethical challenges; respecting human diversity; relationships and empathy in a digital age; changes of culture; digital technologies in education and research; research ethics; online education; and tools for teaching character and ethics
Convener(s): Fritz Breithaupt, Sara Konrath
Project Activities to Date
Ethics of Data Science for Nonprofits with Ji Ma and Rafeel Wasif, May 14, 2021
Technology and the Narrative of Self with Ted Chiang, April 2, 2021
- Webinar recording not available
The Good and Dark Sides of Empathy in the Digital Age with Fritz Breithaupt, Sara Konrath, March 26, 2021
The Role of Empathy in Inclusive Pedagogy with Suzanne Keen, March 19, 2021
Towards a Phenomenology of Digital Self-World Relationships with Hartmut Rosa, March 12, 2021
Doing Good & Getting Involved with Brandolon Barnett, Carrie Jamies, March 5, 2021
Does AI Spell the End of Social Interaction with Justine Cassell, February 19, 2021
- Webinar recording not available
Online Dating and Love with Melissa Hobley, Justin R Garcia, February 12, 2021
Resources by Type
- Gardner, Howard and Katie Davis. 2014. The App Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, Yale University Press.
- James, Carrie. 2014. Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap, MIT Press.
- Jolls, Tessa. 2008 The Impact of Technology on Character Education, Center for Media Literacy.
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Information Technology and Moral Values. https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/it-moral-values/