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Witching Hour — Track by track, part three: Forging a path forward


Witching Hour

various venues — Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21

Excited for Witching Hour this weekend but not sure where to start? The curators of the Witching Hour festival have arranged a series of tracks to guide your steps and highlight the hope at the heart of the festival: that encountering the unknown within particular, relevant issues will inspire individuals to become more innovative in their questioning and creating. Throughout this week, we’ll highlight two of these tracks each day as insight into the festival and ideas for how to pursue your interests during it.

Violist Nadia Sirota offers advice on making a living in the arts in Composing a Career.

The fifth and sixth tracks highlight ways of looking forward rather than just examining the present. If your focus is on action rather than introspection, check out the offerings along the paths dedicated to equipping the next generation and building a creative career.

Equipping the Next Generation

How do we equip the next generation? Changing technologies tend to give the illusion of progress — but while there are clear advantages to using smart boards instead of film strips, the assumptions that guide what learning is and how we do it too often remain unthought. The conversations anchoring this track feature innovative approaches to learning. The hope is that participants will not passively take notes, but that these sessions will actively engage with the unknown and unthought possibilities toward learning that can truly tie technological advances to rethought types of education.

Giving Out Superpowers: A Discussion of Ethics, Cognitive Processes, and the Future of Interactive Technology with Juan Pablo Hourcade (scholar) 10/20, 5:30 p.m.
Reimagining Elementary Education: Empowering the Next Generation to Flourish (film & discussion) 10/20, 5:30 p.m.
The Future of Higher Education: A Community Course Evaluation of The Green Room with David Gould (discussion) 10/21, 5 p.m.
• Youth Rising: Empowering the Next Generation to Speak Truth to Power (film, dance, reading, discussion) 10/21, 2 p.m.

Technology, Entrepreneurship and Building a Creative Career

For those who dream of a life more fulfilling than what middle management might allow and a reality in which one can honor the creative drive and still manage to pay bills, this track features refreshing approaches to career paths. It examines how to create careers, how careers can be their own work of creativity — and how technology allows this to occur.

Composing a Career: Nadia Sirota (violist) 10/20, 5 p.m.
• Giving Out Superpowers: A Discussion of Ethics, Cognitive Processes, and the Future of Interactive Technology with Juan Pablo Hourcade (scholar) 10/20, 5:30 p.m.
#NYFWIA: Two Iowa Designers Crash NYC Fashion Week (documentary, discussion) 10/21, 2:30 p.m.
An Evening with Cey Adams: Def Jam and Beyond (artist, graphic designer) 10/21, 7:30 p.m.
Brimstone & Glory (documentary) 10/21, 9 p.m.


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