I care about the study of drones because I have an intimate, literally familial, connection to them.
Five years ago, my eldest brother found his way into the U.S. army, where he now serves as a special operations UAV operator. He flies the Grey Eagle, a UAV with a massive, 56-foot wingspan. It isn't atypical, I'd venture to guess, for one to take interest in the labors of those they care about. As a student, I have been highly keen on learning about drones. From analyzing the effects of (and discourse surrounding) Obama-era drone policy to cataloguing the affect of drones within art projects to analyzing UAVs as a modern chronotype, I have become fascinated with learning about drones from interdisciplinary lenses. The drone symposium will be an excellent opportunity to see scholars, artists, and practitioners coalesce our understandings of these emerging technologies. I hope to see you all there!
Breakfast for a scholar, artist, or industry leader
We are inviting participants from all over the country to take part in the symposium. A gift of $10 will ensure one of our symposium presenters are well-fed, bright-eyed, and ready to partake in important conversations about drone technology.
Lunch for two scholars, artists, or industry leaders
We want our symposium participants to be nourished and supported as they share their work with the PLU community and beyond. $25 will go toward providing lunch in The Commons for our presenters.
Help transport symposium presenters to/from their hotel
With so many guests flying in from out of town, your $50 gift will ensure smooth transit between the hotel and the PLU campus.
Art Installation Equipment
We have a number of digital and traditional artists who will be installing their work in PLU's University Gallery. A $75 gift will help ensure our visiting artists can hang art, secure digital equipment, route power, create beautiful signage, and support the technological needs of the artworks.
One night of lodging for a visiting scholar, artist, or industry leader
We are expecting guests from across the country; $150 will help us cover the lodging costs for symposium presenters.
Fly in a scholar, artist, or industry leader
We will be covering the transportation costs of all symposium presenters; a $500 gift will pay for a guest's air travel costs.
Sponsor an out-of-town symposium presenter
$1,000 will cover airfare and a 2-night stay in a hotel for one prominent leader in the academic, technological, commercial, artistic, media, policy, and military industries. Help make this conversation as well-represented as possible.
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