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[vox] [jcalden@ucdavis.edu: Conference: Staying Human In The Digital Age, UC Davis, 4/25-27]



----- Forwarded message from "John C. Alden" <jcalden@ucdavis.edu> -----


-----Original Message-----
From: UC Davis News Service [mailto:newsservice@ucdavis.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2002 3:18 PM
To: ucdavis-news@ucdavis.edu; getnews@ucdavis.edu
Subject: UC Davis News: Staying human in the digital age

April 17, 2002
University of California, Davis

CONFERENCE: STAYING HUMAN IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Technophiles and technophobes, alarmed parents and avid
gamesters, futurists who dream of tomorrow as "liberated"
cyborgs, and Luddites alarmed by a generation of cultural
illiterates all will gather April 25-27 at the University of
California, Davis, to consider "digital divides."

All events at the UC Davis Digital Divides Conference are
free and open to the public. The event begins at 2 p.m. in
Memorial Union II on the UC Davis campus.

The conference focuses on issues of electronic surveillance
and privacy, education, libraries and the university in the
digital age, and technical innovation in arts, games and
leisure. The way that digital information technologies are
changing how people work, play, educate themselves and think,
and how they are transforming our major institutions will be
examined.

Speakers come from business (Unicode, Newsweek magazine,
Pixar Studios, Her Interactive), research institutes and
foundations, public institutions and education, and include
sociologists, management specialists, cybertheorists,
musicians, librarians and artists.

"We are convening to demonstrate cutting edge assets of a
brave new tech world and ponder the daunting challenges of
remaining human in the digital age," said Jack Hicks, a
conference organizer and member of the UC Davis English
faculty.

Michael Rogers, CEO of Newsweek.com, will give the keynote
address, "Oprah, Bill Gates and the Future of Books," on the
book and the future of electronic publishing.

"Later this century," Rogers predicts, "kids will be amazed
at how we used to distribute books. Our children won't be
amazed because we were primitive -- but because we were so
rich. Current-day book publishing is a tremendously wasteful
way of moving information around. The Internet and electronic
distribution of books can provide salvation for this
beleaguered business."

Other speakers include:

* Technohumanist Anne Balsamo from the think tank Xerox PARC,
who will talk about gender, technology and how we can design
a social future;

* Megan Gaiser, CEO of Her Interactive, who will demonstrate
a Nancy Drew electronic game series, the first girls'
computer game to become a marketplace hit and a project
widely lauded by parent and educational groups;

* Pew Charitable Trust Director Lee Rainie, who will discuss
the "The Internet and American Life" study of Internet access
by African-Americans and Latinos;

* Randy Nelson, vice president of Pixar Studios, who will
give a computer/video presentation of how the Academy Award-
winning animation group ("Toy Story 1 and 2," "A Bug's Life"
and "Monsters, Inc.") uses the "old-fashioned" arts of
drawing, painting, sculpting and storytelling to engage a new
generation of post-digital kids;

* UC Davis community development professor Martin Kenney, who
will explore how a tide of venture capital created Silicon
Valley;

* Martha Winnacker, policy manager for information technology
in the University of California Office of the President, who
will address critical issues of personal privacy and
surveillance on the Web;

* UC Davis music faculty members Pablo Ortiz and Bill Beck,
who have organized an evening with five prominent electronic
composers and performers.

The conference will also offer roundtable discussions with
the presenters in dialog with the audience on issues brought
up at the conference as well as about libraries of the 21st
century.

Digital Divides is sponsored by the new Pacific Regional
Humanities Center; the University of California Pacific Rim
Research Project; the UC Humanities Research Center, UC
Irvine; the UC Davis Humanities Institute; and the UC Davis
Program in Technocultural Studies.

The UC Davis-based Pacific Regional Humanities Center is one
of nine national centers established by the National
Endowment for the Humanities in late 2001 after two years of
vigorous competition. The center will serve as the site for
humanities research and programs across California, Oregon,
Washington, Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific territories.

For more details, visit <http://prhc.ucdavis.edu/
DigDivConf.html>, or call John Vandenheuvel at the UC Davis
Humanities Institute at (530) 752-2295.


Media contacts:
-- Jack Hicks, English, (530) 752-1658,wjhicks@ucdavis.edu
-- John Vandenheuvel, Humanities Institute, (530) 752-2295,
jdvandenheuvel@ucdavis.edu
-- Susanne Rockwell, News Service, (530) 752-9841,
sgrockwell@ucdavis.edu


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