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50 & Fabulous!

As someone who studies cultural aspects of aging, I might mean many things by this title.  Today, however, I'm referring to our HASTAC Scholars.  We have an incredible group of 50 scholars whose interests, experiences and talents are far flung and fascinating.  In short, they're fabulous! 

I've been introducing our scholars group by group in my blogs, and I am delighted today to introduce our latest additions.  Among the voices you'll be hearing from this year are:

Manuel Betancourt, a graduatestudent in Literatures in English at Rutgers, whois involved with Rutger?s multi-media composition laboratory, the?Writers House.?

Ana Boa-Ventura, a graduatestudent in the Radio-TV-Film Department at the University of Texas atAustin, whose interests include social/participatory media, Second Life,digital storytelling, cross-cultural design of user experience and webdesign.

James E. Dobson, a researcher atDartmouth College, who is interested in the ways that technology altersand informs how ?users? construct, present, and manage their digitalidentities.

Michael Gavin, a graduate studentin Literatures in English at Rutgers University and a 2008-09graduate fellow at the Center for Cultural Analysis whose theme this yearis ?New Media Literacies, Gutenberg to Google.?

Juli Grigsby, a graduate studentin African Diaspora Anthropology at the Universityof Texas at Austin,who is a photographer, filmmaker, graphic designer and blogger withinterests in racially motivated socio-economic inequalities, women?shealth, state anti-Black violence and grassroots feminist activism.

Janani Subramanian, a graduatestudent in Critical Studies at the Universityof Southern California?s Schoolof Cinematic Arts, who isinterested in issues of race, fantasy, technology and new media, with aspecific focus on science fiction.

Congratulations and welcome to these Scholars!

I'll be announcing our initial HASTAC Scholars Program event soon.  In the meantime, if you would like more information about the HASTAC Scholars Program, please contact Erin Gentry Lamb, at



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