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Reclaiming the Past: Envisioning the Future


Thursday, Oct, 29, 2009

Keynote Speaker:


James O'Donnell is a classical scholar and the Provost at Georgetown University. He previously served as Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a former President of the American Philological Association and a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. He serves as Delegate of the APA to the American Council of Learned Societies, as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Delegates and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the ACLS. He has published widely on the history and culture of the late antique Mediterranean world and is a recognized innovator in the application of networked information technology in higher education. In 1990, he co-founded Bryn Mawr Classical Review, the second on-line scholarly journal in the humanities ever created. In 1994, he taught an Internet-based seminar on the work of Augustine of Hippo that reached 500 students.

Friday, Oct. 30, 2009

Panel I: Reconstructing the past



Helen Cullyer holds a PhD in Classics from Yale University, and is currently Associate Program Officer in the Scholarly Communications Program at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she taught at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and then at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was Director of the inter-disciplinary graduate program in Classics, Philosophy, and Ancient Science.

johnsonWilliam A. Johnson is Professor of Classics at Duke University. He works broadly in the cultural history of Greece and Rome, with particular interest in ancient books, readers, and reading, and with a general interest in how literary pursuits intersect with cultural context in antiquity. He has lectured and published on a variety of topics relating to books and readers, both ancient and modern. Some prominent and illustrative examples: "Towards a Sociology of Reading" (American Journal of Philology, 2000), winner of the Gildersleeve Prize; "Reading cultures, Technology, and Education" (in Reading between the Lines, Yale University Press, 2003); his book , Bookrolls and Scribes in Oxyrhynchus, a close study of the artefactual remains of over 400 papyrus bookrolls (University of Toronto Press, 2004); Ancient Literacies, an edited volume exploring new approaches to the topic (Oxford University Press, 2009); and his forthcoming Readers and Reading Culture in the High Empire, a study of elite reading communities under Trajan and the Antonines (Oxford University Press, March 2010).

Mastronarde Donald Mastronarde is Melpomene Professor of Classics of UC Berkeley where he has been teaching since since 1973. He is currently the Director of the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri, a new campus research project. He is the author of a widely used textbook for elementary ancient Greek and an associated web site. He took over support of the GreekKeys font and input program for the American Philological Association in 2001 and has further developed the product through the transition to the standard font encoding known as Unicode. In a more traditional vein of scholarship, he has published extensively on the ancient Athenian tragedian Euripides and various aspects of ancient drama, including interpretation, staging and dramatic technique, textual studies, and commentaries
MilesJack Miles is Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies with the University of California at Irvine and Senior Fellow for Religious Affairs with the Pacific Council on International Policy is a writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and many other publications. His book GOD: A Biography won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996. His book Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God led to his being named a MacArthur Fellow for the years 2003-2007. He is currently at work as general editor of the forthcoming Norton Anthology of World Religions.

Panel II: Scholarly Communication

blankDavid Blank is Professor and Chair of Classics at UCLA. He works on Ancient Philosophy, with a particular emphasis on Hellenistic Philosophy and Philosophy of Language. He is the author of Ancient Philosophy and Grammar: The Syntax of Apollonius Dyscolus (1982) and of numerous articles on Greek philosophy and literature. He has edited Ammonius, On Aristotle On interpretation 1-8 (1996), Ammonius, On Aristotle's On interpretation 9 (1998) and Sextus Empiricus, Against the Grammarians (Adversus mathematicos I) Oxford (1998). David Blank is the leader of the Philodemus Project, an international effort to piece together Philodemus' readable fragments using modern techniques. As part of this project, he is currently editing the Herculaneum papyri containing Philodemus'Rhetoric.
FavroDiane Favro is a Professor in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA. She received her PhD in Architecture from UC Berkeley working on Roman architecture and urbanism. Professor Favro's research focuses on the history of the built environment in Roman antiquity. Her monograph, The Urban Image of Augustan Rome (Cambridge University Press, 1996), explores the design implications of urban development under the first emperor. She has also published on women architects in early California. She is interested in the educational applications of scientifically accurate, interactive computer models of historic environments and serves as Associate Director for Educational Research and Applications for the Cultural Virtual Reality Lab at UCLA ( She is currently serving as President of the Society of Architectural Historians.
ZaltaEd Zalta is a Senior Research Scholar at the Stanford Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) and the Principal Editor of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. His research specialties include Metaphysics and Epistemology, Philosophy of Logic/Philosophy of Logic, Philosophy of Language/Intensional Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics and Philosophy of Mind/Intentionality. He has taught courses at Stanford University, Rice University, the University of Salzburg, and the University of Auckland, and has lectured in various universities in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Slovenia and Israel. His other philosophical interests include: modal logic, formal semantics, contemporary analytic philosophy, contemporary history of philosophy (Bolzano, Brentano, Frege, Meinong, Husserl, Russell, early Wittgenstein, Carnap, Quine), modern philosophy (Descartes -- Kant), normative ethics, biomedical ethics, and computers and ethics.
OIsonGary Olson Bren Professor of Information and Computer Sciences at UC Irvine, is the author of more than 100 published research articles. Olson has dedicated his work to understanding how technology can support remote collaboration. He also has made important contributions to the studies of management practice and the cultural aspects of collaboration, as well as the complex socio-technical issues surrounding technology design. He is an elected member of the CHI Academy, the premier organization of human-computer interaction, the recipient of the CHI Lifetime Achievement Award, and a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. He received his doctorate in cognitive psychology from Stanford University.

Afternoon Keynote

Ramesh Jain joined University of California, Irvine as the first Bren Professor in Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences in 2005. He has been an active researcher in multimedia information systems, image databases, machine vision, and intelligent systems. While professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the University of California, San Diego, he founded and directed artificial intelligence and visual computing labs. He was also the founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE MultiMedia magazine and Machine Vision and Applications journal and serves on the editorial boards of several magazines in multimedia, business and image and vision processing. He has co-authored more than 250 research papers in well-respected journals and conference proceedings. Among his co-authored and co-edited books include Machine Vision, a textbook used at several universities. Ramesh has been elected Fellow of ACM, IEEE, IAPR, AAAI, and SPIE. His current research is in experiential computing and its applications. He shares his research and technical ideas as well as ideas on selected topics in his blog.

Panel IV: Looking into the future: Challenges of large digital collections



Barbara Cohen is the founding Director of HumaniTech® at UC Irvine. She presently serves on the advisory board of the Open Humanities Press. She is co-editor of Material Events (University of Minnesota Press) and Provocations to Reading (Fordham University Press) and author of several articles on the intersection of humanities and technology, with her most recent interest in copyright, fair use, and open access issues.

KingJohn King is William Warner Bishop Collegiate Professor of Information and Vice Provost for Academic Information at the University of Michigan. He joined the University of Michigan's School of Information on January 1, 2000 as professor and dean having served as professor of information and computer science and management and a research scientist in the Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations at the University of California, Irvine. He has been a senior scientific advisor on cyberinfrastructure for the National Science Foundation. He is also a member of the NSF advisory committees for computing and information science and engineering, as well as the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Drawing on engineering and the social sciences, he studies the organizational and institutional forces that shape how information technology is developed. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Information Systems, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), and the Academy of Management. He was editor-in-chief in 1993-98 of the INFORMS journal, Information Systems Research, has been co-editor-in-chief of Information Infrastructure and Policy since 1989 and is a member of several other editorial boards, including that for the Journal of Strategic Information Technology and the ACM Computing Surveys, for which he was associate editor from 1989-97.
reeseAnthony Reese is Professor of Law at UC Irvine. A specialist in copyright, intellectual property, and cyberspace aspects of intellectual property, Professor Reese came to UCI from the University of Texas where he was Thomas W. Gregory Professor in Law from 2003-2006 and Arnold, White & Durkee Centennial Professor of Law from 2006-2009. He received his J.D. Stanford Law School. Professor Reese has published numerous articles on copyright law and digital copyright issues in a variety of U.S. and foreign law reviews and collections. He is a co-author of the casebooks Copyright, Patent, Trademark and Related State Doctrines (with Paul Goldstein), Copyright (with Robert Gorman & Jane Ginsburg), and Internet Commerce (with Margaret Jane Radin & John Rothchild). He has taught copyright law in several international programs, including under the auspices of the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and in the Joint International IP Law Summer Program run by University of Illinois, University of Victoria (B.C.) and St. Peter's College, Oxford University.
russellDaniel Russell received his B.S. in Information and Computer Science from U.C. Irvine, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Rochester. While at Rochester, he did graduate work in the neuropsychology of laterality, models of apraxia and aphasia, coordinated motor movements and computer vision. He is currently a research scientist at Google where he works in the area of search quality, with a focus on understanding what makes Google users happy in their use of web search. He is sometimes called a search anthropologist. Prior to joining Google, Dan was a senior research scientist in the User Sciences and Experience Research (USER) lab at IBM's Almaden Research Center (San Jose, CA), manager for the User Experience Research group at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and the Director of the Knowledge Management Technologies laboratory within Apple's Advanced Technology Group (ATG). In this capacity, he coordinated the research efforts of five areas (Intelligent Systems, Spoken Language, User Experience, Interaction Design, and Information Technology) to provide an amalgamating, integrative direction to the research as a whole. He has published widely, with more than 100 articles in his CV. He is a frequent subject of press interviews and has helped portray a great deal of complex technology to the non-technical world.
wittenbergKate Wittenberg is Ithaka Project Director. She focuses on building partnerships among scholars, academic centers, publishers, libraries, technology providers, societies, and foundations with an interest in promoting the development of digital scholarship and learning. Kate spent most of her career at Columbia, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of Columbia University Press until 1999, and went on to found and direct EPIC (the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia) for the university. EPIC was a pioneering initiative in digital publishing, and a model publishing partnership for libraries, presses, and academic IT departments. Some of the ventures produced by EPIC include CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online), Gutenberg-E (a reinvention of the monograph as an electronic work), and Jazz Studies Online. Kate has written and spoken frequently on the topics of digital scholarly communication and electronic publishing.