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Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind: Laying Bare the Questions

This podcast features session audio from the EDUCAUSE 2013 Annual Conference. The speaker is Vice President for IT and CIO for the University of South Carolina, Bill Hogue.

When it comes to aliens, close encounters of the fourth kind are said to leave humans with a transformed sense of reality. Maybe that explains some of what I've experienced over my decades in academia. If only I'd known at the outset I was in the presence of aliens, how different life might have been! The writer James Baldwin tells us, “The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been hidden by the answers.” That's precisely the sort of thing an alien might say to all of us who imagine, create, lead: Our purpose is to lay bare the questions that have been hidden by the answers. Find out what Eric Holder, B.F. Skinner, Steve Jobs, and Vint Cerf have in common. Join me for a love letter to higher education—an irreverent celebration of aliens in academia, beings who have transformed my sense of reality over and over by laying bare the questions.

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Running time: 36m 39s
File size: 14.69 MB