National University to Host HASTAC's IN/Community Live/Virtual Weekend

20, 2006 La Jolla, Calif.
National University will be hosting HASTAC's IN/Community Live/Virtual Weekend on November 10 and 11, the University announced today. The theme of National University's IN/Community showcase is "Toward a New Civic Culture: Smart and Creative Community Building." The program will be conducted in concert with the International Digital Media Arts Conference hosted by National University. The focus will be on how communities use technology to improve themselves. HASTAC, which stands for the Humanities, Arts, Science, Technology Advanced Collaboratory, is a nation-wide initiative designed to influence the creation and understanding of next generation technology and to help shape public policies on new technologies in education. In addition to onsite attendance, virtual participation in the conference will also be encouraged through the use of social software developed by the consortium, including via blogs, wikis, webcasts, podcasts, access grid, and real-time video annotation systems supported on the HASTAC website. Participants in the conference will be able to listen to and have dialogue with some of the most knowledgeable people in the field as they share their views on technological trends. Participants will also learn more about making the connection between smart community building and innovation, interdisciplinary practice, and cyber-infrastructure developments. Keynote speakers for the conference will include such thought leaders as 1) Brian O'Connell, Professor of Public Service and co-founder of the Independent Sector, a leadership forum for charities and nonprofit organizations; 2) Harry C. Boyte, Senior Fellow and Co-director of Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs and author of Everyday Politics: Reconnecting Citizens with Public Life (2004); 3) John Eger, founder of the World Foundation for Smart Communities and the Lionel Van Deerlin Endowed Chair of Communications and Public Policy at San Diego State University; 4) Kimberly Walesh, a co-founder of Collaborative Economics and co-author of Civic Revolutionaries, Igniting the Passion for Change in American Communities (2003); and 5) Debra Amidon founder/CEO of Entovation International, Ltd., and author of Innovation Strategy for the Knowledge Economy (2005). The IN/Community weekend will begin with an open National University Community Research Institute (NUCRI) advisory board meeting featuring special guest presenters from government, industry, and academe. Juan Carlos Moreno-Brid, United Nations Senior Economic Affairs Officer for Mexico and the Caribbean has been invited to offer his perspectives on new trends in an interdependent world economy. The meeting will be followed by a reception to launch the program with remarks by David Goldberg, HASTAC Co-Chair and Director, University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI); and Sharon Smith, National University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The reception will take place at National University's academic headquarters in Torrey Pines. On Friday morning, the conference will feature a live, interactive and virtual mini-town meeting. An afternoon panel of industry, academic and citizen leaders will discuss community technology applications to community problems and showcase civic engagement processes and community capacity building case studies. Friday's activities will be held at National University's academic headquarters. The IN/Community weekend concludes with a "Digital Saturday" designed to share community voices through digital storytelling and showcase local digital media arts projects. Saturday's events will take place at National University's Spectrum Business Park campus in Kearny Mesa.