'New Horizons' Conference Features Latest Tools in Education Technology

May 15, 2008 — Though the school year is over, advances in education technology continue. The second annual New Horizons conference, showcasing technology in teaching, research and scholarship at the University of Virginia, will be held on Grounds May 19 through May 22.

The conference will feature lectures and panel discussions with guest speakers, talks and performances by U.Va. faculty, technical workshops and demonstration sessions. Sponsored by the U.Va. Library and Information Technology and Communications, the conference also will include open houses at University technology labs and centers, plus lunchtime roundtable conversations and evening receptions.

Open to the University community, registration is required for plenary sessions, lunches and receptions. To register, visit the conference Web site, www.lib.virginia.edu/newhorizons, where a complete schedule can be found. Nonregistered attendees may drop in to other workshops, lectures and events.

Guest speakers include Dan Cohen, assistant professor at George Mason University's Department of History and Art History and director of the Center for History and New Media, speaking May 19 on "Creating Scholarly Tools and Resources for the Digital Ecosystem," and noted visualization specialist Ben Fry, showing his work in "Computational Information Design" on May 22.

A May 22 panel discussion on scholarship in an age of mass digitization will feature Linda Frueh of the Internet Archive's Open Library project; digital humanist Geoffrey Rockwell, associate professor of humanities computing and multimedia at McMaster University and the director of "Text Analysis Portal for Research," or TAPoR, a computer research tool to analyze, manage and preserve electronic texts; and Dan Clancy of the Google Books project. James Hilton, U.Va. vice president and chief information officer, will facilitate the discussion.
 
Among conference-related events, a special "Arts and Technology" performance will take place in Harrison Small Auditorium on May 20, featuring "Robot Ecologies" with U.Va. architecture professor Jason Johnson; "The Landscapes of Tragedy: Poetic Nonfiction," a look at the work of digital artist and U.Va. studio art professor Lydia Moyer; and a performance of early music incorporated into Deborah Parker's "World of Dante" Web site, by U.Va. music professor Paul Walker and the Zephyrus ensemble.

For information, see www.lib.virginia.edu/newhorizons.