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ADRI Dialogues Resume on January 31

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Andy Belser introduces ADRI Dialogue.

On Tuesday, January 31, the Arts & Design Research Incubator “Dialogues” series resumes in the ADRI (16 Borland). The lunchtime (12 – 1 p.m.) dialogues explore the interdisciplinary space in arts research. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch and join the conversation.

ADRI Dialogues Schedule:  

Tuesday, January 31

The Invisible Elephant Project: 1000 voices of the Chronic Commons

Marina Tsaplina, Founder, CEO and Creative Director, The BETES Organization

A 1-hour performance and discussion will be followed by a workshop that will provide insight into the developing methodology and impact of THE BETES Organization in using puppetry, performing objects and theater to work across all sectors of the diabetes health ecosystem. Reserve your space at the performance or workshop at The workshop will be on Wednesday, February 1, 4 – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, February 7

Preview of 2017 International Conference of Auditory Display (ICAD)

Mark Ballora, Associate Professor of Music Technology, ADRI Affiliate Faculty member

In June 2017, the International Conference of Auditory Display (ICAD) will be held at Penn State, hosted by ADRI, the Graduate Program of Acoustics, and the College of Information Sciences and Technology. Mark Ballora, the conference chair, will describe the conference and its significance in the areas of sonification and auditory display.

Conference details:

Tuesday, February 21

Integrating Play into Pedagogy: A Research Project

Sandi Carroll, ADRI Research Fellow

Carla Zembal-Saul, Professor of Science Education

Stephanie Velegol, Instructor in Engineering

How would teaching change if it was a requirement that one must have fun in order to succeed? Researchers discuss how discovering and tapping into their own unique sense of humor and “finding the game” can transform classroom interaction with students to engage them kinesthetically and ignite their imaginations.

Tuesday, March 21

The Blue Collar Brain: How Your Mind Really Works

Michael L. Anderson, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, Franklin & Marshall College

Michael Anderson discusses emerging evidence that the brain, long thought to be a collection of specialized computational modules, is better conceived of as a dynamic control system. The architecture reflects the fact that thinking doesn't just happen "in the head," but is best understood as a process involving brain, body, and environmental interactions.

Tuesday, April 4

Storytelling through the One-Person Play

Presented by Donal Courtney, Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin, Ireland, and Bill Doan, School of Theatre, Penn State

Visiting artist Donal Courtney explores the challenges he faced in creating the one-person play God Has No Country, about the struggles encountered by Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty while in Rome during the Nazi occupation. The show will be performed at the Pavilion Theatre on Wednesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by IES Abroad, the School of Theatre, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and the ADRI. 

Tuesday, April 18

Changing Mindsets: A New Perspective for Cross-Disciplinary Researchers

Joe Julian, MD, Artist–in-Residence, School of Visual Arts, and Lead Investigator Applied Neuroscience, ADRI

A discussion of the various attitudes, attributes, resources and skill sets that might be most useful when exploring the unique landscape of interdisciplinary research in a large discipline-based research university.

Wednesday, April 19

Unfixed Research: On Letting Others Lead in Arts-Integrative Work

Kevin Hamilton, Professor of Art and Senior Associate Dean, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois

This presentation will explore the unique ethical, creative, and epistemological potentials of explicitly placing art or design in a subservient role to other disciplinary agendas in research-based inquiry. Historical and contemporary examples from within and without the presenter’s experiences will animate this overview and dialogue on intentional asymmetry in arts-integrative collaborative relationships.

The Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) provides support for high-impact arts and design research projects. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at 16 Borland. All events are free and open to the public, but some do require registration, as space is limited. For more information, visit or call 814-863-5126. Connect with the ADRI at