EVENT WEBS: CONSTRUCTS, CONNECTIONS, CAUSALITIES
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Friday, May 9, 2008 | 8:45 AM to 5:00 PM | Calit2 Auditorium (California
Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology)
Co-sponsored by HumaniTech®, Network & Academic Computing
Services (NACS), the Humanities Center, and the International Center
for Writing & Translation.
Human understanding of history, science, culture, and even personal
experience, identifies “events” as a central organizing
concept. The World Wide Web has shown the power of expressing connections
in a cyber infrastructure. Event Webs combines the conceptual power
of “events” with the structural strengths of the Web. The
conference explores this novel synergy in the areas of literature, cognition,
religion, history, and culture from the viewpoints of distinguished
experts in these areas.
flyer (PDF format).
8:45-9:00 | Welcome, Dean Vicki Ruiz, School of Humanities
9:00-9:15 | Introduction: "Webs of Events"
by Ramesh Jain,
Bren Professor of Information and Computer Sciences, UC Irvine
9:15-11:30 | Morning Session: Imagination, Belief, Reality
Introduction of presenters by convener/moderator, Maria Pantelia,
Professor of Classics
"The Reality of Imagination" podcast
by Ngugi wa Thiong'o,
UCI Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature
and Director of the International Center for Writing and Translation
"The Visual Perception of Objects and Events"
by Donald Hoffman,
Professor of Cognitive Sciences, UC Irvine
"Monitoring the Remembering of the Religious Past"
Miles, UCI Distinguished Professor of English and Religious
Studies at UC Irvine
Q&A with Morning
presenters, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Donald Hoffman, and Jack Miles
1:15-3:00 | Afternoon Session: History, Culture, Experience
Introduction of presenters by convener/moderator, Bonnie Nardi,
Professor of Informatics, UC Irvine
"Eventful History" by Ruth
Mostern, Assistant Professor of History and Founding Faculty,
"Events, Facts, and Narratives" by Lewis
Lancaster, Professor Emeritus of East Asian Literature
and Culture and Director of the Electronic
Cultural Atlas Initiative; and Ryan
Shaw, School of Information Ph.D. Student, UC Berkeley
3:15-4:30 | Round Table Wrap-Up
"Building Event Webs" by Ramesh Jain
Group panel featuring Donald Hoffman, Lewis Lancaster, Ramesh
Jain, Ruth Mostern, Ryan Shaw, and Ngugi Wa Thiong'o,
moderated by Bonnie Nardi, Professor of Informatics,