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Public Forums at MLA on "Future of Higher Ed": Jan 5 and Jan 7

Happy New Year everyone!  If you are in Seattle this week, come on by the three Public Forums that the Modern Language Association invited me to organize this year on the Future of Higher Ed.   I'm so thrilled to have this opportunity to feature so many of the larger ideas that many of us in the HASTAC community are exploring these days---and I hope you'll come out and show your support for these public sessions.  PLEASE JOIN US!

            Thursday, 05 January:

69. The Future of Higher Education

3:30–5:15 p.m., Grand C, Sheraton

A forum

Presiding: Kathleen Woodward, Univ. of Washington, Seattle

1. "Emergent Projects, Processes, and Stories," Sidonie Ann Smith, Univ. of Michigan, Ann


2. "Learning Collaboratories, Now and in the Future," Curtis Wong, Microsoft Research

3. "It's the Data, Stupid!" Ed Lazowska, Univ. of Washington, Seattle

4. "How to Crowdsource Thinking," Cathy N. Davidson, Duke Univ.

"The Future of Higher Education" brings together two senior humanities scholars (I'm one!) along with two eminent computer scientists to address the changing shape of higher education, the reforms and issues that loom large for us all.   Outgoing MLA President Sidonie Smith will present her ideas for reforming the requirements for the humanities dissertation.  



Thursday, 05 January:

35A. The Future of Learning

7:00pm–8:15 p.m., Grand C, Sheraton

A linked session arranged in conjunction with the forum The Future of Higher Education

Presiding: Tara McPherson, Univ. of Southern California

Speakers: Cathy N. Davidson, Duke Univ.; Curtis Wong, Microsoft Research



The second session, "The Future of Learning," is an extended conversation between myself and Curtis Wong, inventor of the World Wide Telescope (  which brings the images and data from the world's most sophisticated telescopes positioned around the world to your desktop, where you can use 3-D navigation to explore and to comment on what you see.   The brilliant visualization expert Andy Van Dam is working with Curtis now to use the WWT platform for Large Art Display projects (Sistine Chapel, monumental Buddhas, prehistoric art in fragile caves).   Tara McPherson, of Vectors and the multimedia Scalar project, will moderate.




            Saturday, 07 January

467. The Future of Teaching

12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Grand C, Sheraton

A linked session arranged in conjunction with the forum The Future of Higher Education (69)

Presiding: Priscilla B. Wald, Duke Univ.

1. "Gaming the Humanities Classroom," Patrick Jagoda, Univ. of Chicago

2. "Intimacy in Three Acts," Margaret Rhee, Univ. of California, Berkeley

3. "One Course, One Project," Jentery Sayers, Univ. of Victoria


 "The Future of Teaching" features three advanced graduate students or new assistant professors who use imaginative, interactive, multimedia pedagogies in their teaching.   This session features their scholarship and their pedagogy and how these two interact.   One present and two past HASTAC Scholars are featured on this exciting panel that, to my mind, is the future.   All do "digital humanities" or, more accurately, all do the humanities in ways that are relevant, urgent, and important for the digital age we all inhabit together.   


Please join us!


1 comment


 I just learned about your conference in Seattle which is my home base.

As executive producer of IDiscovery TV’s Breaking it down program I would like to attend and pick up some interviews about your work especially how you see the future.

What’s the best way to contact you.

Bill Cox

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