Lincoln Center Director Elizabeth Langland and Associate Director Gaymon Bennett.

Message from Director Elizabeth Langland and Associate Director Gaymon Bennett

We hope you have heard the exciting news that the Lincoln Center is catalyzing prior successes by taking a more focused approach to its mission, one that is both consonant with David Lincoln’s founding vision to make ethics integral to education and also rooted in, and responsive to, ASU’s distinctive strengths.

We are shaping an agenda focusing on humane technology and ethical innovation. We will be convening diverse stakeholders, from members of our faculty to tech leaders, entrepreneurs, activists, and investors, to respond collaboratively to the profound effects that digital technologies are exercising on our lives.
 
What has motivated this emphasis? Digital technologies transform everything they touch. The lasting impact on who we are—what kind of democracy we inhabit, what social justice we achieve, how we think, feel, act and even love—has never been clearer than during the pandemic. What it ultimately means and what we might yet do, is not.
 
Yet many of us believe, as reflected in the research and teaching of Lincoln Center faculty, that there is enough collective wisdom and good will to make a difference in these areas. Our initiative seeks to make that happen through collaborative and experimental modalities we will employ, such as participatory and action-oriented research.
 
Now and in the coming years, we very much hope you’ll join us in the important work of putting these aspirations into practice, connecting our ongoing research commitments to this new and engaged focus.

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