Drexel's Graduate Student Association has started a fantastic program called Books and Bagels, where students present their work and discuss interdisciplinary research. I presented during the February 2012 event. The video is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlHgcNPPoZw, and I'm on from about about 1:30 minutes in through 15:45. I discuss human-computer interaction and information science, and talk about two research projects (teens' technology and information practices and online dating) that fit within the intersection of those two disciplines.
Bryan Stevenson's "We Need to Talk About an Injustice" is one of the most powerful TED talks I've watched. Stevenson makes an excellent case for why we can't just think or talk about technology, entertainment, and design, but should also be engaging with our human values. There are some very sad and thought provoking parts of this talk. Stevenson discusses incarceration, race, the status of the poor, and the death penalty. I can't recommended watching the entire talk enough. Here are two quotes I found particularly meaningful for people engaging with technology in their work or research.
“...I believe that despite the fact that it is so dramatic and so beautiful and so inspiring and so stimulating, we will ultimately not be judged by our technology. We won’t be judged by our design. We won’t be judged by our intellect and reason. Ultimately you judge the character of a society not by how they treat the rich and the powerful and the privileged, but by how they treat the poor, the condemned, the incarcerated. Because it’s in that nexus that we actually begin to understand truly profound things about who we are.” (at 16:33 minutes)
“...our visions of technology and design and entertainment and creativity have to be married with visions of humanity, compassion, and justice.” (at 20:50 minutes)