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:: March 8-10, 2012 ::


Thursday, March 8 at 6:00pm
Hodges Library Auditorium
>>Dr. Adam J. Banks

Technologizing Funk/Funkin Technology:
Stevie Wonder's Talking Book and an Afrofuturistic View of CompRhet

Dr. Adam J. Banks is an Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He is the author of Race, Rhetoric, and Technology:† Searching for Higher Ground, a book challenging teachers and scholars in writing and technology fields to explore the depths of Black rhetorical traditions more thoroughly and calling African Americans, from the academy to the street, to make technology issues a central site of struggle.†This debut book was awarded the 2007 Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award.†His current book, Digital Griots: African American Rhetoric in a Multimedia Age, was released in 2011 by Southern Illinois University Press.

Friday, March 9 at 11:30am
University Center, Room 226
>>Dr. Barclay Barrios

Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Digital Literacy

Though digital literacy has long been installed as a purported goal for literacy educators and teachers of writing, it is a goal which seems, frustratingly, always just out of reach for both students and teachers.†In this talk, I will look at the stated goals for digital or technological literacy and consider three reasons why these goals seem so difficult to achieve.†First, as it turns out, we have no idea what digital literacy actually is. Second, though students arrive in the college classroom with broad skills in technological literacy, they are not the skills we expect or need them to have. Third, as we ourselves have grown in our own digitial literacies as teachers of writing, we have not yet reflected on the ethical quandaries they pose in relation to the composition processes.

Dr. Barclay Barrios serves as the Director of Writing Programs for Florida Atlantic University, where he is currently developing a new freshman composition reader, Emerging, A Reader, to be published by Bedford/St. Martinís. His work focuses on writing program administration, institutional power and change, digital media, pedagogy, and computers and composition. His work has been published in Computers and Composition, MeatJournal, and Computers and Composition Online.

Friday, March 9 at 7:00pm
the Emporium, 100 South Gay Street
>>Dr. Nancy Paterson

IXmaps: See Where Your Data Packets Go
An electronic installation and creative presentation.

IXmaps, accessible at, is an interactive project that permits internet users to see routes that data packets take across North America. This project attempts to visibly render 'interesting' aspects of the Internet core related to everyday usage in order to counteract the tendency toward regarding the Internet core as an immaterial, virtual, placeless cloud. By highlighting the geographical and physical concreteness of the Internet, IXmaps promotes an understanding of the Internet core amenable to public policy engagement.

Professor Nancy Paterson is an electronic media artist working primarily in the field of interactive installations. Her research interests include internet infrastructure and visualization leading to a Ph.D (Dec 09) in Communications & Culture from York University with a thesis entitled "Bandwidth is Political: Reachability in the Public Internet." She holds a two year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral award for research at the Faculty of Information University of Toronto and she is an Associate Professor at OCAD University in Ontario.
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