Archives for April 2016

New Radio Show Follows Emotional Homecoming of Alvin Hall ’74

Alvin Hall '74

Alvin Hall ’74

A new radio series, “Alvin Hall Goes Back to School,” produced by Dana Roberson, formerly of 60 Minutes, covers the return of Hall to his Florida hometown after being away for more than a decade. Now a successful author of many books on financial literacy, and a TV and radio host, Hall grew up poor in Wakulla County. He attended a high school in the early days of integration.

In this journey, Hall, who was his high school’s first black valedictorian in 1970 but had his photo replaced by those of two white students on a school wall, also returns to his high school for the first time in 40 years.

The show aired on The Takeaway on WYNC. Each of the four episodes can be found here. The first episode is here, and the second one is here

Attempts to Pit Humans Against Machine May Be Misguided (Slate)

Brain frameThe pace at which artificial intelligence is progressing has prompted concerned discussions about how humans may fall short to computers. According to Matthew Hutson in Slate, the likes of “Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates [have] warn[ed] that artificial intelligence poses an existential threat to humanity.” But is this sense of foreboding misguided? Can the human mind be reduced to its processing capacity, and how do we measure all the little variations and details of the brain that may actually matter? Read the article here.

Unravelling the Relationship Between Animals and Art (NPR)

Close-up portrait of a cat and dogArt is decidedly a humanistic endeavor because “man is indeed the only animal to leave records behind him,” declared 20th century art historian Erwin Panofsky. That sentiment has since largely shifted. Today, academics of contemporary art and art history are resisting Panofsky’s belief that art is an intellectual activity that separates humans from other species. Instead, academics like Alan Braddock are beginning to organize and envision “nonhuman animals seriously as subjects with sentience and agency–not just decorative ornaments or symbols.” Read the article here.