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U.Va. Women’s Center Schedules Spring Speakers Series

February 7, 2001 -- The University of Virginia Women’s Center is bringing a remarkable group of women technology-leaders to Charlottesville this year through its speakers’ series, "The Changing Face of Technology." All programs are free and open to the public.

The Spring 2001 Series, which begins Feb. 8, will explore two themes -- the interaction of new technology and traditional media, and the impact of media and technology on society. Discussions will cover emerging ethical issues, and new technologies and the humanities.

Spring 2001 Series: Media and Technology -- Schedule

Feb. 8

Technology in Teaching: The Digital Classroom, Today and Tomorrow

8 p.m., Green Room, Hereford College

Feb. 20

The Interaction of Technology, Media, and Culture in the 21st Century

8 p.m., Green Room, Hereford College

March 30

Leadership Luncheon: Sherrie Rollins Westin, ABC Network Communications

12:30 p.m., Carr's Hill

April 5

Allison Abraham: Darden Distinguished Speaker

1:30 p.m., Darden's CCA Amphitheatre (Room 50)

April 17

The Ethics of Emerging Technologies

8 p.m., Green Room, Hereford College

April 26

Pat Mitchell: Technology With a Heart - PBS & Public Service

8 p.m., Green Room, Hereford College

Spring 2001 Series: Media and Technology -- Program Descriptions

Feb. 8

Technology in Teaching: The Digital Classroom, Today and Tomorrow

How are humanities disciplines currently using technology in creative and innovative ways to enhance both teaching and research? What potential does technology hold as a new medium for expression? What is the future of the humanities in the digital age? Anita Jones, chair of the Virginia 2020 Science and Technology Commission, will moderate a panel of distinguished humanities scholars, including Will Thomas, director of the Virginia Center for Digital History; Alan Howard, director of the American Studies Program in the English Department; Benjamin Ray, professor of Religious Studies; Kay Cutler, librarian with Curry School Information Services; and Paula Wilson, an award-winning fourth-grade teacher from Red Hill Elementary. 8 p.m., Green Room, Hereford College

Feb. 20

The Interaction of Technology, Media, and Culture in the 21st Century

To what extent does the media shape culture rather than merely reflecting it? How is technology influencing culture through the media, especially through digital media? Johanna Drucker, director of the Media Studies Program, will moderate an discussion between the audience and John Unsworth, founder of the Institute for the Advancement of Technology in the Humanities; Kay Neeley and Bryan Pfaffenberger, professors of Technology, Culture, and Communication in the School of Engineering and Applied Science; and Judy Thomas, assistant director of the Robertson Media Center. 8 p.m., Green Room, Hereford College

March 30

Leadership Luncheon: Sherrie Rollins Westin, ABC Network Communications

Sherrie Rollins Westin (CLAS '80) is currently executive vice president for Network Communications at ABC, and was the highest-ranking woman advisor in the White House in 1992. As the Jill T. Rinehart Distinguished Leadership Lecturer, Westin will discuss risk-taking and leadership in the media as well as the ways in which new technologies are transforming network television. This event is open to the public free of charge, but interested participants are asked to R.S.V.P. by calling (804) 982-2259 by March 23. 12:30 p.m., Carr's Hill

April 5

Allison Abraham: Darden Distinguished Speaker

As chief operations officer at iVillage Inc., Allison Abraham (Darden '88) was instrumental in designing the innovative marketing strategies that propelled iVillage.com to its current status as the third most popular destination for women on the Internet. Now president of LifeMinders, Inc., she will discuss the impact of the Internet on the lives of the millions of women who frequent it. This event is free and open to the public, but because space is limited interested participants are asked to call (804) 982-2259 to reserve a place by March 29.

1:30 p.m., Darden's CCA Amphitheatre (Room 50)

April 17

The Ethics of Emerging Technologies

A panel of professors of ethics and community leaders will explore new ethical issues raised by emerging digital and biomedical technologies. The panelists will include James Childress, director of the Institute for Practical Ethics, and Rosalyn Berne, professor of Technology, Culture, and Communication in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Panelists will discuss controversies, such as copyright protection, privacy, and property issues, relating to digital media; and explore issues raised by cloning and genetic engineering. They will discuss the difficulties inherent in resolving these conflicts and the future challenges that advances in technology will pose for policymakers. 8 p.m., Green Room, Hereford College

April 26

Pat Mitchell: Technology With a Heart - PBS & Public Service

Last March, Pat Mitchell became the first woman CEO and president of PBS, the nation’s largest and only noncommercial broadcasting service. She has declared her intent to use her position to speak out, to take risks, "and most of all to lead with a woman's heart." She will discuss how PBS is using technology to further its mission of public service, and share her vision for the future of PBS in the digital age. 8 p.m., Green Room, Hereford College

The University of Virginia Women's Center

Founded 10 years ago, the Women's Center offers a broad array of programs and services to the University of Virginia and Charlottesville communities.

Programs include a speakers’ series of artists, scholars and leaders and the publication of a new magazine of women’s writing, Iris: A Journal About Women, the Young Women Leaders Program and other mentoring initiatives. The Center also offers free personal and career counseling, a free legal clinic and staffs a Sexual Assault Education Office. The Center has been recognized as a national model for effective outreach to women. Visit http://womenscenter.virginia.edu for more information.

Contact: Charlotte Crystal, (804) 924-6858

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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