ICAT Learning Studio (Moss Arts Center 253A)
8:30 – 9:30am
Speakers: Adrien Arles (Arkmine, Fr), Celine Beauchamp (Arkmine, Fr), Dong Soo Choi (SOVA), David Cline (History), David Hicks (Education), Todd Ogle (TLOS), Thomas Tucker (SOVA), Erik Westman (Mining and Mineral Engineering).
This playdate introduces the work of a transdisciplinary team from Virginia Tech, in collaboration with French partners from the Vauquois Hill Association and rescue archeologists from Arkemine, who are in the process of creating a hands-on, mixed-reality learning environment / exhibit for the CUBE of the human experiences in the French and German trenches and galleries during World War I. The context for our work is the Butte de Vauquois (Vauquois Hill-the hill of death) near Verdun, France. Vauquois was a small village before it became critical high ground that was fiercely contested for four years by the French and Germans during World War I, with the Americans finally taking the position during the Meuse-Argonne offensive of 1918.