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Wednesday September 29th, 2010

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What do you have to say about our digital communities?

The University of Windsor’s Humanities Research Group is presenting a series of lectures and events this week related to the discussion and study of online, technology-driven communities.

The HRG’s two-day Digital Communities Symposium begins Thursday at 1:15pm.  The guest speaker of honour is CBC’s Nora Young, blogger, podcaster and radio host of “Spark”, a program about technology and culture.

From the University of Windsor’s website:

Nora Young, host of CBC Radio One’s “Spark” (http://www.cbc.ca/spark/), will be the keynote speaker for two events on September 30th.In the afternoon, Ms. Young will be interviewed by Justin Langlois of the Broken City Lab and then take questions from an audience in Studio A of the Centre for Teaching and Learning. In the evening, Ms. Young will be joined by Lou Clancy in the Moot Court of the Law School for an event moderated by writer and journalist Marty Gervais. Mr. Clancy is a retired journalist who now consults for Post Media. He witnessed and directed the transition from old to new media in several journalistic positions over his career and brings insight into the digital future as Post Media, the owner of the Windsor Star, sees it. In their discussions Ms. Young and Mr. Clancy will address issues such as who’s in the digital community and who’s left out, protection of identity and online security, access, ethics, and credibility in the digital community, and do communities shaped online really translate to the real world. Both events will be open to the public though the afternoon event is intended to reach mostly an audience of scholars and students. The evening event will be open to the wider community. The afternoon event begins at 1:15 in Studio A of the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The evening event begins at 7:15 in the Moot Court of the Law School.

On Friday, the Digital Communities Conference continues with panel discussions on, among other topics, Blogging and Citizen Journalism (like windsoriteDOTca).

Day two of the colloquium, October 1st, will consist of three panels at the Assumption College Chapel. These panels will focus on the burgeoning blogging/citizen journalism community in Windsor-Essex, the representation of minority and ethnic groups in the local digital community, and pathways to making a living in digital media (which will be of particular interest to students). The Diversity and the Digital Community panel will run from 9:30-10:15, followed by the Local Blogging/Community Journalism panel from 10:45-11:30, and Pathways to Working in Digital Media, 1:00 – 1:45. As with the previous day’s events, the panels will be open to the public.

For more information, and if you’re interested in attending these FREE events, take a look at the Humanities Research Group’s website.

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