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Great Day for Connecting Academic Silos: Wilde, Queer Theory, MOOCs, Technologies for Mobile Society

Great Day for Connecting Academic Silos: Wilde, Queer Theory, MOOCs, Technologies for Mobile Society

We have a unique and exciting day ahead, connecting areas of knowledge that are rarely connected.  We will be welcoming two great scholars in three exciting events, Professors Petra Dierkes-Thrun (Stanford) and Sebastian Thrun (Udacity, Google, and Stanford).  All events are free and open to the public.

 
(1) Oscar Wilde's Afterimages: Oscar Wilde and the Commodification of Queer Culture
Who: Dr. Petra Dierkes-Thrun, Lecturer in Comparative Literature, Stanford University
What:  Presentation
When: October 4, 12:00-1:30 pm
Where: Bay 4, Haiti Lab, C106 of Smith Warehouse, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Description:  Oscar Wilde has meant different things to different people since the late 19th century, but probably nowhere has his legacy been felt more strongly than in the queer and feminist community and associated scholarship since the 1980s.  Today, Wilde is considered a prime ancestral node within the genealogy of queer aesthetics and eroticism of Western culture, due in large part to the many 20th-century writers, musicians, filmmakers, artists, and cultural theorists (queer and straight) who have creatively reimagined and critically examined his life and works.  But as with all powerful myths of origin, the ongoing story about Wilde as the queer ancestor probably tells us more about our own desires and fears, and our own culture, than about the historical Oscar Wilde and Victorian culture.   This talk will deal with queer and feminist afterimages of Wilde since the 1980s (specifically, of Salomé and The Picture of Dorian Gray) that both spiritualize and commodify the signifier Wilde for our own present: their utopian and material impulses, their sale and consumption in queer and mainstream culture alike.  Approached from a Foucaultian perspective that regards fantasies of transgression and perversity as constitutive rather than oppositional elements of a larger cultural network, examining these afterimages of Wilde becomes an important way of engaging with an imagined and desired past that continues to speak to us in beautiful and seductive tongues.
Note: Lunch will be provided.
 
(2)   How To Create A Humanities MOOC (Massive Online Open Course).  A Workshop Offered by the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge Workshop (Public welcome!)
Who: Petra Dierkes-Thrun, in a conversation led by David Bell and Cathy Davidson  (co-directors of Duke's new PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge).
What:  Workshop
When: October 4, 1:30-2:30 pm
Where: Bay 4, Haiti Lab, C106 of Smith Warehouse, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Description:  This workshop is open to the public. Dierkes-Thrun will call upon her own experience integrating technology into instruction, joined by Duke Professors Cathy Davidson and David Bell, co-directors of Duke’s new PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge.
Note: Coffee and snacks will be provided.
 
(3)  Technologies for a Mobile Society
Who:   Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Udacity, Research Professor at Stanford University and Google Fellow
What:  Provost's Information Futures Public Lecture Series
When:  Thursday, October 4, 2012, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Where:  0016 Westbrook Building, Divinity School
 
More detailed information about these events are included in the press release below, which is followed by information on the Provost’s Lecture Series, Information Futures, which includes “Technologies in a Mobile Society” presented by Sebastian Thrun on October 4. The flyer for these events is attached at the bottom of this post. 
 
PRESS RELEASE:
 
DURHAM, NC  Dr. Petra Dierkes-Thrun of Stanford University will be on Duke’s campus October 4, 2012 to give a presentation on Oscar Wilde and his legacy in contemporary culture, including queer and feminist scholarship.   Following the presentation, Professor Dierkes-Thrun will also be leading a workshop with Duke Professors Cathy Davidson and David Bell, co-directors of the new PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge.  Workshop attendees will participate in a discussion on how traditional humanities scholars might rethink the limits and impacts of their disciplines through Massive Open Online Courses, or “MOOCs.”  This workshop is geared towards PhD Lab students but is open to the public. Dierkes-Thrun will outline her own experience integrating technology into instruction. She has written a number of blog posts regarding this topic, including one entitled, “Scene: The digital education world. Enter: A traditional humanities teacher. Curtain rises,” on HASTAC.org.
 
Dierkes-Thrun is a Lecturer in Comparative Literature at Stanford University. She is the author of Salome's Modernity: Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetics of Transgression (University of Michigan Press, 2011) and co-edits the international academic online journal The Latchkey: Journal of New Woman Studies. Her research and teaching interests include fin-de-siècle and modernist literature and culture, LGBTQ and feminist studies, visual and performance media, and digital pedagogy in the humanities.
 
Dierkes-Thrun notes:  “Oscar Wilde has meant different things to different people since the late 19th century, but probably nowhere has his legacy been felt more strongly than in the queer and feminist community and associated scholarship since the 1980s.  Today, Wilde is considered a prime ancestral node within the genealogy of queer aesthetics and eroticism of Western culture, due in large part to the many 20th-century writers, musicians, filmmakers, artists, and cultural theorists (queer and straight) who have creatively reimagined and critically examined his life and works.  But as with all powerful myths of origin, the ongoing story about Wilde the queer ancestor probably tells us more about our own desires and fears, and our own culture, than about the historical Oscar Wilde and Victorian culture.  This talk will deal with queer and feminist afterimages of Wilde since the 1980s (specifically, of Salomé and The Picture of Dorian Gray) that both spiritualize and commodify the signifier Wilde for our own present: their utopian and material impulses, their sale and consumption in queer and mainstream culture alike.”
 
“It is a thrill to have Professor Dierkes-Thrun at Duke to talk about her research on Oscar Wilde and also to discuss digital humanities content in the context of our new PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge,” Cathy Davidson noted.  “And it is very ‘HASTAC-like’ that both she and her partner Sebastian Thrun will be on campus at the same time, each talking about the importance of education to a mobile, digital world, one from the point of view of the humanities, the other from the point of view of computational sciences and artificial intelligence--and both with a sense of urgency and passion about the importance of education in the 21st century.”
 
Sebastian Thrun is a professor at Stanford, the CEO of Udacity, and a Google Fellow.  He will be speaking at 5 pm on October 4 in the Westbrook Building, Room 0016, on "Technologies for a Mobile Society" as part of the Provost's Lecture Series, “Information Futures.”
 
This joint visit is sponsored by HASTAC@Duke,  the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge, the Franklin Humanities Institute,  the Program in the Study of Sexualities at Duke, and the Office of the Provost.
 
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Contact:
Anna Rose Beck, Executive Assistant to Cathy N. Davidson
919 684-8471
HASTAC
Duke University, 114 S Buchanan Blvd., Box 90403 Durham, NC 27708-0403 USA
 
 
Provost's Lecture Series 2012/13: Information Futures – the future of informational and computational challenges and opportunities that exist in using “big data”
 
The Provost announces the seventh series of related lectures on a topic of major campus and broader societal importance.  The purpose of the series is to provide greater depth and a diversity of views on a topic of major public importance and lively debate which should appeal to our students and faculty both in their University roles and as citizens.  The lectures are free of charge and open to the public.
 
Today, the ability to collect, store, analyze, and summarize large amounts of data is imperative for Duke to continue to advance as a world class university and for our faculty and students to navigate this new world.  Leaders in academe and industry are being invited to present their views and experiences on meeting the data deluge challenge.  Presentations will cover some of the following issues:
 
Scholarship: How might the availability of large data sets afford new opportunities to promote additional conversations within and between intellectual disciplines?
Instruction: Are there new opportunities for using the available data in classroom instruction and team and individual research?
Entrepreneurship: Does the rapid rise of social media companies offer opportunities to integrate entrepreneurship into the educational experience? What opportunities for industry partnership are emerging?
Infrastructure: What challenges exist in information systems, including Networking, Storage, and Visualization?
 
The Provost wishes to thank the following Lecture Series Advisors for their work in helping to design this year's series:  Ian Baucom (Franklin Humanities Institute), Robert Calderbank (Dean of the Natural Sciences), Vincent Conitzer (Computer Science), Stephen Craig (Chemistry), Cathy Davidson (English), Andrew Janiak (Philosophy), Thomas Katsouleas (Dean, Pratt School of Engineering), Carlo Tomasi (Computer Science), and Keith Whitfield (Vice Provost for Academic Affairs).
 
The lectures series includes three events:
 
Monday, October 1, 2012, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
0014 Westbrook Building, Divinity School
The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone
Presented by Daphne Koller, Rajeev Motwani Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University; Co-Founder and co-CEO, Coursera
 
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
0016 Westbrook Building, Divinity School
Technologies for a Mobile Society
Presented by Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Udacity, Research Professor at Stanford University and Google Fellow
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
217 Perkins Library
Duolingo: Learn a Language for Free while Helping to Translate the Web
Presented by Luis von Ahn, Nico Habermann Associate Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
 
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