Drew University CommonsCon18

image: CommonsCon2018 posterCommonsCon is an annual event organized by the Drew University Instructional Technology group in collaboration with the library and university faculty partners. In Kristen Turner‘s excellent opening session, “The Importance of Evidence in a Digital Age,” she challenged us to reflect on the implications of hypertext and networked information in developing an argument. Citing Toulmin, she reminded us that when using digital sources, the links out are part of the argument.

I was honored to provide the closing session (PDF slides, with discussion notes). Please visit the event site for more information.


Looking forward to this talk:

Ethiopic Manuscript Imaging Project

image: illustrations and bindings from Ethiopian manuscripts Steve Delamarter, from George Fox University, will discuss the Ethiopic Manuscript Imaging Project (EMIP) on Wednesday, May 22, at 3:30 p.m., in Knight Library’s Browsing Room. Delamarter will describe how technical and organizational challenges factor into managing a large digital humanities project with more than 20 collaborators.

Delamarter started the EMIP in spring 2005 with the goal of helping preserve images of Ethiopia’s manuscript heritage and making them available for scholarly study. In the past six years EMIP has digitized around 9,400 manuscripts in North America and Ethiopia, and others in Kenya and England. Of these manuscripts, about 1,200 are Arabic. Most are in Ethiopic and Amharic.

Delamarter’s talk is sponsored by the UO Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (DSC) with additional support from the African Studies Program, Arabic Studies, and the Department of Religious Studies. This event is free and open to the public.

For further information, contact Karen Estlund, head of the DSC, at kestlund@uoregon.edu.

source; UO Libraries, http://library.uoregon.edu/node/3522

Madeline Kunin: “Finding a Work/Life Balance: How Can It Be Sustained?”

This was an inspiring talk by Madeline Kunin, former governor of Vermont and ambassador to Switzerland.

Watch the Video on the UO Channel.

image: Madeline Kunin speaking at podiumMadeline Kunin was the first woman governor of Vermont and the first woman in the U.S. to serve three terms as governor. She served as deputy secretary of education and as ambassador to Switzerland during the Clinton administration. She is a founder and board member of the global Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), a non-governmental organization focused on climate change and civil society.

In her most recent book, The New Feminist Agenda : Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family, Kunin looks back over five decades of advocacy and analyzes where progress stalled, looks at the successes of other countries and charts the course for the next feminist revolution—one that mobilizes women, and men, to call for the kind of government and workplace policies that can improve the lives of women and strengthen their families.

Kunin’s talk is sponsored by the UO Libraries, Center for the Study of Women in Society, UO Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management, and The Duck Store.

Textualities in the Digital Age: Stanley Fish Keynote

From the April 14, 2012 Symposium:

image: Stanley Fish at University of Oregon Symposium

Watch video of Prof. Fish’s keynote

Stanley Fish, Humanities and Law, Florida International University

“Textualities in the Digital Age” focuses on concrete examples of digital projects and then moves to broader considerations of tools and approaches to help the audience consider how digital methodologies might expand the horizons of their own research. The symposium participants present a range of approaches to digital texts, from digital critical editions to computer-assisted historical inquiry.

Save the Dates: Digital Scholarship and Open Education Resources

Digital Scholars, take note:

julia flandersJulia Flanders, director of the Women Writers Project at Brown University will speak on “Making Digital Humanities Count” at 4 p.m. on Wed., May 16, in Knight Library’s Browsing Room.

Flanders is president of the Association for Computers in the Humanities and editor-in-chief of the Digital Humanities Quarterly, an open-access, peer-reviewed digital journal covering all aspects of digital media in the humanities. She serves on the board of directors for the Text Encoding Initiative, an international consortium that establishes standards for encoding machine-readable texts for the broad sharing and mining of data.

The talk is sponsored by the University of Oregon Libraries and the Oregon Humanities Center.

For more information, contact Stephanie Wood, 541-346-5771, swood@uoregon.edu.

David Wiley, nationally recognized scholar, teacher, and expert on open education, will speak in Knight Library’s Browsing Room at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. The lecture is presented as part of the Philip H. Knight Dean of Libraries Distinguished Speaker Series. image: David Wiley, courtesy of Brigham Young University

In his talk “Open Education, Open Access, and Challenges to Higher Ed,” Wiley will discuss how traditional degree-granting institutions might respond to technological, social, and political trends that have created new market forces, putting them in steep competition with a new wave of edupreneurs, for-profit education initiatives such as Udacity, and open education prototypes such as MITx.

Wiley is a leader in the open education movement, which posits that access to education is a basic human right. His career is dedicated to increasing access to educational opportunity for everyone around the world. His much-read blog, “Iterating Toward Openness,” chronicles recent technological developments and their impact on education.

An associate professor of instructional psychology and technology in the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University, Wiley directs the Open Education Group, which conducts research that focuses on how openness can dramatically increase access and enhance the affordability of education while improving student success. He is a founder of the Open High School of Utah, a completely online charter school that uses open educational resources exclusively.

Wiley is senior advisor to Flat World Knowledge, the largest publisher of open college textbooks for students worldwide, and was recently named senior fellow for open education at the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies, also known as Digital Promise, a new national center founded to spur breakthrough technologies that can help transform the way teachers teach and students learn.

Cosponsoring the event with the UO Libraries are the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, Lundquist College of Business, and School of Architecture and Allied Arts.

Photo courtesy of Brigham Young University