The Future of Learning is the Web

26 04 2010

FutureWeb 2010 Conference, Raleigh, N.C., April 30, 3:30-5 p.m.

Chair: Cathy Davidson, professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University. Davidson is the co-founder of HASTAC – the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory. Her research interests include American Literature, technology, the American novel, printing, race and gender and digital media and learning. Click here to view a full list of her published works.

Panel description: What do sports, Iranian election protests, Black popular culture, world soccer championships, global executive education and a Twitter film festival have in common? All are ways that innovative faculty are transforming education now, rethinking the basic configurations of higher education. What does a classroom look like when students can be in many cities at once? What does a teacher look like when participation and contribution happen from anywhere in the globe? What does learning look like when it is participatory? And what are the downsides? What does “open” mean when the majority of scholarly resources are locked in journals, in private archives, beyond the reach of many? And what does higher education have to contribute to the future of the Web? On many levels, the future of learning is the future of the Web. The panel will aim to specifically isolate the key challenges and opportunities in the looming future for learning and the Web and it will work to identify some specific action steps that can be taken today to work for a better tomorrow.


  • Laurent Dubois

    Laurent Dubois, a historian of French colonialism and the Caribbean who also writes on the global politics of football. His discussion forum about the power of global soccer is His current research focuses on his book on the history of the banjo, under contract with Harvard University Press, for which he received a National Humanities Center Fellowship and a Guggenhiem Fellowship this year.

  • Mark Anthony Neal

    Mark Anthony Neal, accomplished author of four books and one of the foremost scholars of Black popular culture in America. He is a professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University. A frequent commentator for National Public Radio, Neal contributes to several on-line media outlets, including, The and He also writes the New Black Man website and is a national commentator on all forms of media.

  • Negar Mottahedeh

    Negar Mottahedeh, highly respected academic author. She received national notice for staging the first-ever Twitter Film Festival as well as for serving as a communications node in the Iranian election protests. She is an associate professor of literature at Duke University. Her blog is the Negarponti Files, and you can follow her on Twitter at

  • Tony O'Driscoll

    Tony O’Driscoll, author of “Learning in 3D: Adding a New Dimension to Enterprise Learning and Collaboration,” with Karl M. Kapp. He also also written articles in leading journals. O’Driscoll is a Professor of the Practice at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where he teaches, researches and consults in the areas of strategy, innovation and technology management. He has previously held leadership positions at IBM and Nortel Networks.

For more information about FutureWeb 2010 panel discussions, featured panelists and more, click here to navigate to the FutureWeb site. To register for the conference, visit the FutureWeb registration page.




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30 04 2010
DAY THREE of FUTUREWEB starts NOW! « Imagining the Internet's FutureWeb Blog

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