Cathy Davidson

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Co-founder, HASTAC; Co-PI, HASTAC, Digital Media and Learning Competition
Distinguished Professor and Director of the Futures Initiative, the Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY)
Distinguished Visiting Professor at Duke University
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Cathy N. Davidson served from 1998 until 2006 as the first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University, where she worked with faculty to help create many programs, including the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the program in Information Science + Information Studies (ISIS). She is the co-founder of Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, HASTAC (“haystack”), a network of innovators dedicated to new forms of learning for the digital age. She is also co-director of the MacArthur Foundation/Gates Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition.

During her time as the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University, she has published more than twenty books, including Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory (with photographer Bill Bamberger) and The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age (with HASTAC co-founder David Theo Goldberg), and Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century (Viking). She blogs regularly on new media, learning, and innovation on the website as well as on and Fast Company. She was appointed by President Obama to the National Council on the Humanities in 2011 and is the first educator to join the six-person Board of Directors of Mozilla. In October 2012, Cathy N. Davidson and David Theo Goldberg received Educators of the Year awards from the World Technology Network in recognition of their visionary contribution to science and technology in education through their work as co-founders of HASTAC.

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