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Leslie Humanities Center Cyber-Disciplinarity Institute focuses on digital culture

Leslie Humanities Center Cyber-Disciplinarity Institute focuses on digital culture

During spring term, the Leslie Humanities Center is hosting a Cyber-Disciplinarity Institute. The two-month institute will explore many themes around the topic of cyber-culture and digital media. Select Dartmouth faculty and several distinguished visiting scholars will meet weekly on campus to investigate these themes. In addition, a series of guest lecturers will present public presentations to students and faculty about the impact of cyber culture and how it affects teaching and research initiatives.

"Personal computers, digital databases, the World Wide Web, and a host of other digital tools and technologies are transforming how scholars research, teach and publish," says Mark Williams, Associate Professor and Chair of Film and Television Studies, who is directing the Institute. "As daunting as it may sometimes seem, we need to constantly update ourselves about the changes in digital culture, and study the impact that digital media have on our lives."

Williams explains that digital culture has broad social and academic implications, from changes in personal work responsibilities and entertainment choices, to international developments in global commerce and emerging democratic processes.

A public symposium on Friday, Apr. 22, at 12:30 p.m. in Loew Auditorium, will explore "Digital Culture and the Arts." The symposium is sponsored by the Fannie and Alan Leslie Center for the Humanities, the Hood Museum of Art, the Department of Sociology and the Department of Film and Television Studies. Participants include:

  • David Lyon, Department of Sociology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Can. Topic: Location technologies
  • Marianne Weems, The Builders Association (Theater Company). Topic:  Trilogy of recent plays, including Super Vision
  • Marsha Kinder, Department of Critical Studies, School of Cinema-Television, USC. Topic:  The Labyrinth Project
  • Kembrew McLeod, Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa. Topic:  Digital Sampling and Copyright Criminals
  • Mia Garlick, General Counsel for Creative Commons. Topic:  Building a Layer of Reasonable, Flexible Copyright

A two-day public conference on May 13-14 will consider issues of cyber-disciplinarity more broadly, and feature speakers from a wide range of academic disciplines. For more information about the institute and its participants, visit:


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Last Updated: 12/17/08