October 29: Summit on Online Education


Summit on Online Education: Mainstreaming Innovation in Higher Education
Illini Union A, B & C
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
October 29, 2013
8:45 AM–3:00 PM (Registration: 8:00–8:45 AM)

Who should attend?

All faculty, staff, and students, including distance education coordinators, distance learning faculty, distance learning managers, instructional designers, policymakers, subject matter experts, technology coordinators, virtual instructors, and visionary leaders.

Why attend?

Higher education has moved beyond acknowledging disruption and is now focused on strategically managing the rapid pace of change in our industry. At this year’s Summit, we will discuss the innovations that will lead us into the next decade and beyond. Attendees can expect:

  •     A deeper understanding of new and innovative practices in teaching and learning;
  •     An appreciation of online and innovative education from the student perspective;
  •     Insight into the challenges and opportunities facing higher education today and a unique viewpoint from one of our peer public research universities;
  •     Discussions on topics such as real-time adaptive learning, utilizing our massive, open, online course (MOOC) content to improve residential education and using learning analytics to predict and address student success;
  •     Campus leadership’s perspectives on our future directions; and
  •     An opportunity for engagement with Dr. Harrison Keller and members of the new campus Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning, an entity formed by integrating Online & Continuing Education, the Center for Teaching Excellence, Campus Programs in Teaching & Learning and two staff members from CITES Academic Technology Services.


This event is free and open to all. Online registration ends October 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM. Register at http://citl.illinois.edu/SummitOnOnlineEducation2013.

Please e-mail onlinesummit@illinois.edu or call 217-333-2880 for more information.

Sept. 23: Anne Balsamo, “Designing Digital Memorials”

Dr. Anne Balsamo, Media Studies, The New School
Monday, September 23, 2013, 7:00pm
LIS Building, 501 E. Daniel St, Champaign, Room 126
Free and open to the public
Contact: Sharon Irish, slirish@illinois.edu

Abstract: “Designing Digital Memorials” will highlight interactions among interactive media, crucial societal concerns and the humanities. Initially created in 1978, The AIDS Memorial Quilt now includes more than 48,000 individual panels.  If the Quilt were to be displayed in its entirety, it would cover more than 1.3 million square feet.  It is the largest democratically created work of activist folk art in the US.  With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Microsoft Research, Anne Balsamo collaborated with the NAMES Project Foundation and a distributed design team of digital humanists and creative technologists to create several digital experiences that enable people to browse the AIDS Memorial Quilt.  She will present this project and demonstrations of the experiences in the context of her recent transmedia scholarly project called “Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work.”

Dr. Balsamo is Dean of the School of Media Studies and Professor of Media Studies at the New School for Public Engagement in New York City. She is a groundbreaking scholar and media-maker whose work links cultural studies, digital humanities, and interactive media. Her most recent book, Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work (2011), synthesizes and theorizes the links between her cultural studies scholarship and digital media projects. She is co-founder with Dr. Alexandra Juhasz of FemTechNet, a project in support of distributed open collaborative courses related to feminism, technology , and media arts.

Sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study; Center for Digital Inclusion at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science; Gender and Women’s Studies; the Graduate College/STIM Fund; the Illinois Informatics Institute; the Institute of Communications Research; Media and Cinema Studies; and the Office of Online and Continuing Education

Sept. 18: A New Deal for the Humanities symposium

Symposium: A New Deal For the Humanities 

Date: September 18th, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For the complete schedule, see the event PDF.
Location: South Lounge, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana

This event is free and open to the public.


About this event:
Non-instrumental disciplines, and the humanities in particular, seem increasingly marginalized in public universities, which have struggled in the past quarter century to respond to the collapse of state funding. Situating itself between the 150th anniversary of the first Morrill Act in 2012 and the 60th anniversary of the GI Bill in 2014, “A New Deal for the Humanities” seeks both to document a tradition of public investment in higher education and to galvanize a conversation on adapting the humanities for survival in the current landscape. Bringing together experts from several disciplinary backgrounds, we shall explore approaches to the humanities designed to meet the needs of twenty-first century publics broadly conceived. What kind of institutional models would allow liberal education to flourish on this century’s public research campuses?

Co-Sponsored by IPRH, Trowbridge Initiative in American Cultures, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.

More information at the event website: http://newdealhumanities.com/

Sept. 19-20: Textures of Technology: Film Production and Aesthetics symposium

Co-organizers Lilya Kaganovsky, Anna Stenport, Julie Turnock and the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory
invite you to join
Textures of Technology: Film Production and Aesthetics
September 19-20
Levis Faculty Center

Keynote: Thursday, September 19, 8:00 p.m.:

Tom Gunning, Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago
“Cinema of Digits: The Elusive Touch, the Elusive Grasp”
Levis Faculty Center, 2nd floor

September 20th Panelists: Rosalind Galt (London), Jennifer Barker (Georgia State), James Lastra (Chicago), Scott MacKenzie (Queen’s, Canada), Lisa Bloom (UCLA), Margaret Flinn (Ohio State), and James Hodge (Northwestern)

Schedule is available at: http://criticism.english.illinois.edu/2013%20Fall%20pages/Textures_of_Technology_Schedule.html

Sept. 13-14: Digital Indigeneities: (Re)mediations, Old and New

The  American Indian Studies Program will be hosting the fall symposium “Digital Indigeneities: (Re)mediations, Old and New” on September 13-14, as part of their 2013 INTERSECT grant project.  Excerpted from the event summary:

“Fostering digital studies within global Indigenous studies helps prepare the next generation of students for this century’s research and pedagogical opportunities and challenges, and our symposium brings together Indigenous scholars, designers, and filmmakers from Aotearoa/New Zealand, Canada, and the United States to think through the implications of interdisciplinary approaches to media studies sited through gender, race, and settler colonialism.”

The majority of the symposium events will be held at the Asian American Cultural Center and more information is available at http://www.ais.illinois.edu/news/features/digital/index.html.