Past Events

"Oppenheimer" Film viewing and Panel Discussion

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer (2023) and Union College Multidisciplinary Faculty Panel to Explore the Film (February 2024)

The Templeton Institute and Proctors Theater are partnering with Film Studies, Physics and Astronomy, and History at Union to screen Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer (2023) at Proctors' GE Theatre. The screening is free to all members of our community, who may present their Union College ID cards at the Box Office at Proctors for the 7 PM showing on Tuesday, February 13th. Additionally, buses will begin running at 6:30 PM that evening from the campus's Old Chapel traffic circle for students, staff, and faculty looking for transport from campus to the theater (with return buses starting at 10 PM that evening). Complimentary refreshments for the Union community (presenting Union ID cards) will also be served at Proctors during the event.

Following this screening, the TI will host a multidisciplinary faculty panel exploring Nolan's film. This panel will be held during Common Hour on Thursday, February 15th at O'Brien Center 117. Refreshments will begin at 12:30 PM that afternoon in the lower lobby of O'Brien, and our interdisciplinary panel will begin promptly at 12:55 PM in 117, where Prof. Chad Orzel (Physics and Astronomy), Prof. Mark Walker (History, STS), and Prof. Jenelle Troxell (English, Film Studies, GSWS) will give short talks examining the film and hold a Q&A with our audience.

Generative Artificial Intelligence Pedagogies TI Panel (October 2023) 

Generative AI and Machine Learning Pedagogies, October 25, 2023

This panel was part of the Templeton Institute’s programming around our two-year theme focusing on Artificial Intelligence. We wanted to begin this programming with the various ways that faculty at Union are experimenting with Generative AI platforms like ChatGPT in their classrooms around campus. This panel was the first in a series of events that the Templeton Institute is planning—through both internal and external speakers—to address how AI is impacting higher education and especially in relation to matters of research and teaching. Speakers Included: Salil Benegal, Joseph B. Board Assistant Professor in Political Science; Robyn Reed, Outreach and Student Engagement Librarian at Schaffer Library; Andrea Pedeferri, Adjunct Faculty in Philosophy; and Nick Webb, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of Data Analytics.

Renowned AI expert was the keynote speaker at annual engineering and liberal arts symposium (September 2023)

Francesca Rossi, a globally recognized authority in generative artificial intelligence, delivered a talk titled "Artificial Intelligence: Latest Advances, Ethical Issues, and its Impact on Education."