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Crossing Boundaries: Technology and the Humanities

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center (Room I202), Arnhold Hall,

55 West 13th Street

 
This event will feature a talk by Brenda Laurel about a long history of crossing boundaries that has opened pathways to some specific futures. Many revolutions have happened in the space occupied by both technology and the humanities in Dr. Laurel’s long career: MUDs and MOOs, virtual reality, the web, mobile devices and augmented reality are a few. She will tell some stories about her personal journey through some strange territories in this historical landscape. Brenda’s journey is also about something with which many will resonate: a lifelong quest to use our technological jewels in ways informed by the methods and wisdom of the humanities, and in pursuit of what we might call The Good. She will also present some ideas about future projects for discussion with the audience as well.
 
Brenda Laurel, researcher, writer, consultant, teacher, and performer, has worked in interactive media since 1976. She currently serves as an adjunct professor in Computer Science Department at U. C. Santa Cruz. She served as professor and founding chair of the Graduate Program in Design at California College of Arts from 2006 to 2012. She designed and chaired the graduate Media Design Program at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (2001-2006) and was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems Labs (2005-2006). Based on her research in gender and technology at Interval Research (1992-1996), she co-founded Purple Moon in 1996 to create interactive media for girls. In 1990 she co-founded Telepresence Research, Inc., focusing on virtual reality and remote presence. Other employers include Atari, Activision, and Apple. Her books include The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design (1990), Computers as Theatre (1991), Utopian Entrepreneur (2001), and Design Research: Methods and Perspectives (2004). Her most recent writing, Gaian IXD, was the cover article in the Sept.-Oct. 2011 issue of the journal Interactions. She earned her BA (1972) from DePauw University and her MFA (1975) and PhD. in Theatre (1986) from the Ohio State University.
 
Cost: Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come, first-served