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2005-2006 | Lecture Series on New Media, Technology, & Humanities


Knowledge or Information? Blogs, Wikis & Listservs: A Panel
November 10, 2005 | 4-5:30PM | 135 Humanities Instructional Building

The Internet has spawned new genres of publication, with accompanying new vocabulary--blogs, wikis, and listservs--digital forms of diaries, journals, and newsletters. These digital platforms vary in both quality and content while spanning modes of expression such as personal reflection, commentary, collaborative editing and diatribe. The areas of specialty are as diverse as any, ranging from global issues of media, gender, politics, human rights, philosophy, and community, to individual travel logs, movie reviews, and workplace gossip. Like many other forms of new media, they are controversial: lauded by some and censured by others, with critical examination of issues a still significant gap.

To facilitate dialogue on the impact and ramifications of these new forms of publication, the UCI Libraries and HumaniTech are hosting a panel on “Knowledge or Information? Blogs, Wikis, and Listservs”. It will be held on Thursday, November 10, from 4:00-5:30 p.m., in Humanities Instructional Building 135, followed by a reception in HIB 137. Panel participants include Josh Fouts, director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy; Chet Grycz, CEO of; Elizabeth Losh, Coordinator for Humanities Core Course, UCI; Kevin Roderick, former reporter for the L.A. Times and founder and publisher of; and moderator Lynn Mally, Professor of History, UCI.


Conference: "New Media, Technology, & the Humanities"


February 17-18, 2006 | 135 Humanities Instructional Building | Download conference poster

With Lev Manovich, Visual Arts, UCSD; Erkki Huhtamo, Design & Media Arts, UCLA; Tara McPherson, Critical Studies, USC School of Cinema-Television; Jennifer Urban, Intellectual Property Clinic, USC Law School; Mark Poster, History, UCI; Jeffrey Schnapp, French & Italian, Stanford University; Eyal Amiran, Comparative Literature, UCI; Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Communications, UCSD; Mark Hansen, English, U. of Chicago; Rita Raley, English, UCSB; Andrew Herman, Communication, Wilfred Laurier University; Rosemary Coombe, Law & Cultural Studies, York University; Robert Nideffer, Studio Art & Computer Science, UCI; Henry Lowood, History of Science & Technology, Stanford University Libraries; John Seely Brown, former Chief Scientist for Xerox Corp. and former Director, Xerox PARC. Co-sponsorsed by Arts Computation Engineering, the Beall Center for Art and Technology, the California Institute for Technology, the Department of Film and Media Studies, the Humanities Center, the International Center for Writing and Translation, the Office of Research & Graduate Studies, the School of Humanities, and the Univeristy of California Humanities Research Institute.

Lunchtime Colloquy: "The Web that We Weave... in Humanities Teaching
February 23, 2006 | 12-1:30PM | 135 Humanities Instructional Building
Featuring Michael Fuller, Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, and Maria Pantelia, Department of Classics & Director of the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae.

Lecture/workshop: "Design Your Life: Media and Technology at Home and Work
March 13, 2006 | 2-4:30PM | 135 Humanities Instructional Building


Thinking people everywhere are taking the digital tools of media and marketing into their own hands in order to live (and live in) their own visions of what’s hip, cool, beautiful, or just. Lecture and slide presentation by Ellen and Julia Lupton will demonstrate some of the ways that people are using design to present images and ideas of their own invention to the various publics that make up their social worlds. Ellen and Julia’s blog will provide a framework for exploring the varieties of design in contemporary life.

Followed by Design Your Life: Building an Independent Web Site (Workshop) 3:15 - 5:00 PM in HH 217
This workshop presents the whys and wherefores behind building web sites on non-university servers, from how to get your own URL and renting server space to building a distinctive graphic identity that pulls together the many loves and labors that animate contemporary lives. Presentation will include a quick tour of some “indee” web sites designed by people in and around UCI.

Ellen Lupton is Director of the MFA Program in Graphic Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Her most recent books are D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself (Princeton Architectural Press 2005) and Thinking With Type (Princeton Architectural Press 2004).
Julia Lupton is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCI and co-host with her twin sister Ellen Lupton of She also contributed to D.I.Y: Design It Yourself.


Lecture: "Bernard Stiegler: Technology, Power, and Hypomnemata


March 4, 2006 | 4:00 PM | 135 Humanities Instructional Building | Listen to Podcast

Bernard Stiegler is one of today’s foremost philosophers writing on technology and culture. He is co-author of Technics and Time and Echographies of Television with Jacques Derrida. He has led several research programs in the field of digital technology applied to text, image, and sound. As Director of the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), he encouraged a close link between scientific research and musical creation; he also created a research team specialized in performing arts technologies, and developed new instruments for music education. He has conceived and organized several exhibits including Mémoires du Futur at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and, currently is the Director of the département du developpement culturel there.

Introduction by Andrzej Warminksi, Professor of English, UCI; Response by Tom Cohen, Professor of English, University at Albany.
Co-sponsored by the Critical Theory Emphasis, the Critical Theory Institute, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of French & Italian, the Department of English, and the Humanities Center.

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