Edward Tufte one-day course "Presenting Data and Information" in Austin, Houston, Dallas in May 2015
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Subject: ABSTRACT EDTX 2015
If you're in Dallas during April 24-26th, I highly recommend attending EarthDay TX 2015. My friend Ron Blake, the "Greymaker",
is going to be giving a historical/philosophical talk about the Maker Movement.
Ron is a great storyteller and historian, and he has experienced firsthand some of the early days not only of the Maker Movement
but also the PC revolution (he was in the room when Steve Jobs introduced the Apple II and when Gates first showed off MS DOS).
Spread the word to interested parties.
Ron has a wry/spry sense of humor .. it'll be fun!
Ron Blake, The Greymaker, will take you on a magical, mystical and fact filled tour of the creation and growth of the Maker Movement from the beginning of time through the historic and recent past into the present and future. Even if you are already deeply involved as a Maker, you may gain some insights and perspective from this thought provoking introduction and overview. If you’re new to the Maker Movement, you’ll be fast tracked into how we have grown from loosely organized hobbyists and geeks into what The Economist magazine has termed the ‘Third Industrial Revolution’ perhaps transcending in importance the Second, also known as the Computer Revolution.
We will also examine the rapid growth of Makerspaces and envision what the future may hold particularly as it applies to environmental applications ranging from Eco-friendly entertainment to someone in his garage developing a carbon mining device extracting and converting greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere potentially foreshortening the demise of life as we know it or even saving our planet.
With recent experience visiting the Bay Area Maker Faire and regional Maker Faires, Ron will also relate how the energy and excitement he first experienced as one of 7,000 attendees at the First West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco in 1977 is alive and growing at Maker Faires around the world. In 1977, when Steve Jobs rolled out the first Apple II and Bill Gates privately discussed how he envisioned developing an operating system to support his popular BASIC interpreter, it was as if two Pied Pipers lead us into the future. Having written his first FORTRAN program in 1965 and experiencing the birth of the Personal Computer Revolution, The Greymaker will provide a rich context of the background and history of where we are today. But be forewarned, when asked what does The Greymaker make? He replies, “I make makers. Have you been made?”
However, the past is but prologue. In the second third of his presentation, Ron will further describe what he metaphorically calls Maker Algebra, a generalization of how individuals and small groups have come together from the ground up to create today’s impressive and rapidly growing infrastructure of interconnected Maker and Hackerspaces. Numerous case studies will focus on Earth Day and environmental Maker related activities currently accomplished or underway around the world. Additionally, handouts and websites with valuable links to those activities and ways to be involved will be provided.
The final third of the talk will be very forward looking and interactive with ample opportunity for Q&A and audience participation. Come prepared to be entertained as well as informed. With the assistance of the Earth Day Technical Support staff, you can expect some innovative and exciting audio and visual presentations.
STEM and the Humanities | Baylor Arts & Sciences at the intersection of STEM & Humanities
Free and Open to the Public Baylor University College of Arts & Sciences April 9, 2015 Cashion 5th floor 12:00–5:00 p.m.
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Digital Frontiers seeks conference submissions that explore creativity and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries in the arena of public humanities and cultural memory for the fourth annual Digital Frontiers Conference and THATCamp, September 17-19, 2015 at the University of Texas at Dallas. Submissions may include individual papers, fully-constituted panels, birds-of-a-feather discussions, hands-on tutorials, or posters. We encourage presentations that incorporate audio-visual/multimedia elements.
Established in 2012 to respond to the need for an affordable, high-quality conference that addressed the emerging field of digital humanities from a variety of perspectives, Digital Frontiers is a truly interdisciplinary experience. The conference brings together scholars and students, librarians and archivists, genealogists and public historians to share their experience of using digital resources in the humanities.
We encourage contributions from anyone who creates or uses digital collections or tools for humanities work, including scholars, educators, genealogists, archivists, technologists, librarians, and students. We welcome submissions from local and regional historical and genealogical societies, and anyone working in the public humanities. The goals of this conference are to bring a broad community of users together to share their work across disciplinary and administrative boundaries, and to explore the value and impact that digital resources have on education and research.
Possible Topics include but are by no means limited to:
$B!|(B Specific ways digital libraries have changed the state of humanities research
$B!|(B Digital tools and methods for conducting humanities research
$B!|(B New media tools for teaching and making in the classroom
$B!|(B Using digital collections in the humanities classroom
$B!|(B How digital preservation serves humanities research
$B!|(B Overcoming faculty resistance to digital humanities projects and resources
$B!|(B Theoretical interventions in cultural memory and public humanities (postcolonial DH, queering DH, radical making, etc.)
$B!|(B Incorporating DH into the classroom across humanities disciplines (including student perspectives)
Digital Frontiers is accepting proposals for:
$B!|(B Individual Papers/Presentations
$B!|(B Posters (36$B!I(Bw x 48$B!I(Bh)
$B!|(B Praxis Notes
$B!|(B Birds-of-a-Feather Briefs
$B!|(B Hands-on Tutorials & Workshops
For the full CFP including descriptions of each proposal type and the online submission platform, please visit http://digital-frontiers.org/conference/2015/info/call-proposals
With all submissions, please include a brief professional bio (100 words or less – do not send CVs) for each presenter and specify any A/V or other technical needs with your proposal.
April 30, 2015
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Spencer D. C. Keralis
Research Associate Professor,
Digital Humanities Coordinator
University Libraries – Public Services Division
College of Information – Department of Library and Information Sciences
University of North Texas