Professors Honored at German Conference

September 01, 2015

Tony Labriola German Conference Award
Dr. Tony Labriola

Dr. Tony Labriola, Professor in the Division of Communication-Visual and Performing Arts, was honored with the 2015 “Outstanding Contribution to Freedom and Democracy Award” given in “Recognition of his Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Freedom and Democracy and his Excellent Keynote Addresses” at the 27th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics and the 35th Annual Meeting of the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Baden-Baden, Germany.

Also at the conference, GSU Professor Emeritus Winfried K. Rudloff was presented with the institute’s “Platinum Award” in recognition of his “Outstanding Scholarly Work, Exemplary Leadership in Education and his distinguished contribution to the Development of the IIAS.”

The Conference is a unique event gathering minds from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas to conceptualize, discuss and strategize on global social and scientific issues.

Labriola’s address was during the conference’s Post-Orwellian Symposium on “Manipulated Man in a Manipulated Society of Mass Surveillance.” He presented a colorful multimedia lecture called “A Peaceful Plot: Disarming the State of Fear.” In a different vein, he also discussed “The Happiness Patrol: Happiness, the New Commodity.

Professor Emeritus Rudloff presented his lecture on “Humor, Slapstick, and Political Satire as Educational Tools against Orwellian Behavior, or It's All in the Brain?”

Labriola praised the conference for being a unique intellectual experience. “Topics as diverse as decision methodologies, architecture post 9/11, interactive democracy, socio-mapping the crew for the Mars mission, organic mathematics, artificial superintelligence, empathy, and compassion, big data, catastrophe management, and many others, including my work on fear and happiness, all contribute to an extraordinary ‘think tank’ experience.  Before, during, and after the daily sessions, these brilliant intellectual theorists wrestle with questions about holistic structure and our viable human future.  It’s the most exciting week of my year.  I always come back energized, enlivened, and provoked to imagine change and inspired to begin to effect that change. I am grateful to Professor Rudloff for introducing me to these multifaceted scholars and this fascinating experience.”

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