Digital Witness Symposium 2012 (First post to kick off 2012-2013)

Digital Witness Symposium 2012 (First post to kick off 2012-2013)
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 5:00pm to Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 9:00pm

Hello fellow HASTAC Scholars 2012-2013.

This is my first post to kick off my involvement as Hastac Scholar!


For those around Rochester and Syracuse (or Upstate NY):

University of Rochester and Syracuse University will be holding a joint-event called "Digital Witness Symposium 2012"

Here is the detail about the event taken from Syracuse University Humanities Center:


The Central New York Humanities Corridor, generously supported by an award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation proudly presents:

The annual Digital Witness Symposium, inviting cutting edge mediamakers, programmers and scholars to discuss how the changing digital ecology is opening up new opportunities and challenges for human rights media. This year's symposium explores the dynamics of transnational collaboration and collective multimedia storytelling. Documentary filmmaker and journalist Jigar Mehta discusses his crowd-sourced documentary project about the ongoing Egyptian revolution, 18 Days in Egypt, and Ken Harper from The Newhouse School presents his multimedia project Together Liberia, which empowers students and journalists in war-torn Liberia to tell their own stories.


Jigar Mehta is a digital entrepreneur, filmmaker and journalist. He was a 2011 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, and is currently President of the South Asian Journalists Association. He is the co-creator of 18 Days in Egypt, a crowd-sourced documentary about the ongoing Egyptian revolution. Mehta is also the co-founder of GroupStream, an online collaborative storytelling platform. Mehta was previously with the New York Times as a video journalist, where he regularly worked with the multimedia team to produce stories that could only be told using video and the web and pushed the boundaries of non-fiction storytelling.

Ken Harper is an Assistant Professor of Multimedia, Photography and Design in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Previously, he served as interactive designer and producer at Rocky Mountain News. He has also worked as a multimedia producer and designer for, New York Life, Bausch & Lomb and various non-profit organizations, including the United Nations, and Aidchild. He is the director of the media development project Together Liberia, which seeks to empower local communicators in Liberia to share their own stories and develop institutional relationships with the national media.


The event will be held at University of Rochester on:

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 5 pm

Hawkins-Carlson Room


at Syracuse University on:

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7 pm

Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3



I am planning to write a review blog/tweet about this event, so wait for it.







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