Dean Anne Balsamo Set to Deliver Solomon Katz Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities
Media Studies Dean, Anne Balsamo, travels to Seattle, Washington, to deliver The Solomon Katz Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities at the University of Washington on March 4, 2015. She will also present a Public Colloquium the following afternoon.
In her lecture, she outlines her approach to the study and practice of technology-based innovation and argues that the real business of innovation is the reproduction of culture over time and over place. Understanding innovation as a social-technical-cultural process, Balsamo insists on the important role of humanists in the technological reproduction of culture. Because their work seriously considers questions of ethics, cultural and social good, and intentional future-making, these “cultural workers” need to be actively engaged in the process whereby new technologies are developed and deployed. Balsamo focuses on two projects: the design of public interactives and the creation of interactive experiences for the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
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