About the Conference

A group of CUNY faculty members, researchers and doctoral students affiliated with the CUNY Graduate Center’s Digital Media Studies Group, in collaboration with the Center for the Humanities, New Media Lab, and the Certificate Program in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, has organized an all-day conference on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at the CUNY Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan.

Bringing together a group of media practitioners, academic publishers, digital content developers and academics, the conference is designed to assess the impact of digital media on academic work and academic policy and authority.

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Keynote Speaker: Siva Vaidhyanathan
“‘The Classroom is Sacred’: Digitization Without Commercialization”

How can emerging digital technologies be best used for the improvement of teaching, research, and learning without giving in to either commercial pressures or reductive arguments about efficiency or cost savings?

Siva Vaidhyanathan is Associate Professor of Media Studies and Law at the University of Virginia. A cultural historian and media scholar, he is the author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity, and The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System. He is currently working on a new book, The Googlization of Everything.

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Confirmed Conference Participants Include:
Cheryl Ball – Illinois State University
Brett Bobley – NEH Office of Digital Humanities
Steve Duncombe – New York University
Kathleen Fitzpatrick – Pomona College
Eileen Gardiner – ACLS Humanities E-Book
Josh Greenberg – New York Public Library
David Greetham – CUNY Graduate Center
Ann Kirschner – Macaulay Honors College, CUNY
Clifford Lynch – Coalition for Networked Information
Ronald G. Musto – ACLS Humanities E-Book
Phil Pochoda – University of Michigan Press
Tom Scheinfeldt – George Mason/CHNM
Trebor Scholz – The New School
Bob Stein – The Institute for the Future of the Book
John Willinsky – Stanford/Open Journal System

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