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Provost's Lecture Series FY09-10 The Future of the Past, the Future of the Present: The Historical Record in the Digital Age

Provost's Lecture Series FY09-10
The Future of the Past, the Future of the Present:  The Historical Record in the Digital Age

We reside in the age of the archive. Our ability to capture text, video, audio, and electronic communications is unprecedented. This new power has also raised questions about security, privacy, relevance, access, selection, cost, and long-term preservation. In the digital environment, everything is saved yet little is preserved. Whose archives are saved and why? Who benefits and how? Are there important facts that escape the seemingly all-encompassing capacity of such archival processes? How can these holdings be efficiently searched and put to scholarly, public and other kinds of use without endangering values such as privacy, accuracy of the historical record, and others? The speakers of the Provost's series, drawn from different areas of the humanities and other disciplines, will explore questions concerning performance, memory, genealogy, power, and the definition, boundaries, and viability of the archive itself in an age of rapid electronic change.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 5-6:30 p.m.
Location to be confirmed
Jonathan Zittrain <http://www.provost.duke.edu/pdfs/Zittrainbio.pdf>,
Professor of Law and Co-Founder/Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University
Additional details to be posted as they become available

All lectures are open to the Duke and local communities and are free of charge
http://www.provost.duke.edu/speaker_series/index.html

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