University of California, Irvine
School of Humanities
Date: 8/22/2008
Department: Humanitech
Title: "Public Spheres, Blogospheres" Panel
This one-day conference will feature conversations among important contemporary bloggers in the U.S. political and academic scene, focusing on the evolution of the public sphere, the political process and democratic participation in a digital age. There will be four panels on Public Spheres, Reason and Rationality in the 18th Century; Blogging and the Academy; the Transnational Public: China and Iran; Election 2008, followed by a wrap-up discussion and reception at the end of the day. A continental breakfast will be provided before the first panel. For speaker names and schedule, please see the conference poster.

Presented by the UCI Humanities Center in collaboration with HumaniTech®. Co-sponsored by the Literary Journalism Program. For more information, email or call 949-824-3638.

Conference Schedule:
8:30: Continental breakfast
9:00-9:15: Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30: Public Spheres, Reason and Rationality in the 18th Century
Sean Greenberg, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UC Irvine
John Smith, Professor of German, UC Irvine
Moderator: Ann Van Sant, Associate Professor of English, UC Irvine
10:45 -12:15: Blogging and the Academy
Eszter Hargittai, Crooked Timber
Tedra Osell, Bitch, Ph.D.
Scott Kaufman, Acephalous / The Valve: A Literary Organ
Moderator: Catherine Liu, Associate Professor of Film & Media Studies, UC Irvine
1:45: - 2:00: Afternoon introduction/remarks
2:00 - 3:30: Blog and the Transnational Public: China and Iran
Kenneth Pomeranz, The China Beat
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, The China Beat
Elham Gheytanchi, Huffington Post
Moderator: Alison Brysk, Professor of Political Science, UC Irvine
3:45 - 5:15: Election 2008
Kevin Drum, Mother Jones
Kevin Roderick, LA Observed
Jon Wiener, Professor of History, UC Irvine
Moderator: Amy Wilentz, Professor of Literary Journalism, UC Irvine
5:15 Wrap-up, Round table, & Reception