Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University


1.a. Possessed of certain physical virtues or capacities; effective in respect of inherent natural qualities or powers; capable of exerting influence by means of such qualities.
3.a. Capable of producing a certain effect or result; effective, potent, powerful.
g. Computers. Not physically existing as such but made by software to appear to do so from the point of view of the program or the user.

VirtualY2K Conference Schedule
Free and open to the public, no registration required
Richard and Edna Solomon Center for Teaching, Brown University

Friday, November 5

Abbott GLEASON watson institute for international studies, brown university

On Virtuality: Machines, Bodies, Ethos
Moderator: James DER DERIAN watson institute o Andries VAN DAM brown university, N. Katherine HAYLES ucla, Michael IGNATIEFF new yorker

Virtual States: From the Wall to the Web
Moderator: Thomas J. BIERSTEKER watson institute o Jon KATZ and rolling stone, Ira MAGAZINER sjs, inc., Mark PESCE usc

Virtual Scenarios: Y2K and After
Moderator: Adam ASHFORTH institute for advanced study o Thomas P. M. BARNETT u.s. naval war college

Jaron LANIER tele-immersion

Saturday, November 6

Virtuality vs. Reality: A Nice Place to Visit But…
Moderator: John Phillip SANTOS ford foundation o John Perry BARLOW electronic frontier foundation, Jean Bethke ELSHTAIN university of chicago

Virtual War: Better than the Real Thing?
Moderator: Thomas KEENAN bard college o James DER DERIAN watson institute, Michael MACEDONIA stricom, u.s. army, General William NASH (Ret.) national democratic institute for international affairs

Virtual Identities: Are We Not Human?
Moderator: Mary Ann DOANE brown university o Yaron EZRAHI hebrew university, Ron DEIBERT university of toronto, Wendy HUI KYONG CHUNG brown university

Virtual Economy: Markets, Politics, Interventions
Moderator: Ian R. DOUGLAS power foundation o Manuel DE LANDA independent scholar and filmmaker, Ricardo DOMINGUEZ, Carmin KARASIC, and Stefan WRAY electronic disturbance theater

Virtual Environments: Demonstrations and Discussion
Moderator: Thomas LEVIN princeton university
Demonstrations: VIRTUAL HELICOPTER PILOTS usc, TOPSCENE naval air systems command, VIRTUAL COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENTS fraunhofer center for research in computer graphics
Discussion: Laura KURGAN princeton university, George LANDOW brown university, Michael ZYDA naval postgraduate school

Sunday, November 7

Roundtable: A Virtual Future? Lower Salomon Auditorium
Moderator: James DER DERIAN watson institute o Adam ASHFORTH institute for advanced study, Thomas J. BIERSTEKER watson institute, Mary Ann DOANE brown university, Ian R. DOUGLAS power foundation, Thomas KEENAN bard college, Thomas LEVIN princeton university, John Phillip SANTOS ford foundation

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