Fourth DC Area Forum on Technology and the Humanities

Co-sponsored by the Center for History & New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University and the Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship (CNDLS) at Georgetown, these periodic forums will explore important issues in humanities computing and provide an opportunity for DC area scholars interested in the uses of new technology in the humanities to meet and get acquainted.

Our forum, the fourth in the series, will consider “Do the Humanities need a Cyberinfrastructure: A Conversation with John Unsworth,” Chair of the ACLS Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences and Dean, Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


As the importance of technology-enabled innovation grows across all fields, scholars are increasingly dependent on sophisticated systems for the creation, curation, and preservation of information. They are also dependent on a policy, economic, and legal environment that encourages appropriate and unimpeded access to both digital information and digital tools. It is crucial for the humanities and the social sciences to join scientists and engineers in defining and building this infrastructure so that it meets the needs and incorporates the contributions of humanists and social scientists. John Unsworth will discuss how the ACLS-sponsored national commission is investigating and reporting on these issues.

Vigorous and engaging discussion by the audience will follow.

The Forum will be held at Georgetown University. We will meet in Car Barn Room 303 at 3520 Prospect St, NW (near corner of 36th and Prospect St) on the corner of the Georgetown campus.

An informal dinner will follow. The talk and ideas are free, but the cost for the dinner will be $10. Please RSVP by April 24th to Clarissa Hinds *protected email*.

You can find directions to Georgetown at http://otm.georgetown.edu/directions.cfm.

For information on parking see http://otm.georgetown.edu/. Parking can also be found on the street. The nearest metro station is Rosslyn, across Key Bridge.

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