Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Next Meeting THU 10/16: Stanford Bound

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 16th but will be nontraditional in two respects: 1) We'll be traveling across the bay to Stanford and 2) We'll probably leave from Berkeley around 12:15 and head back around 3, so it will involve a longer time commitment than usual.

Why, you might ask, is it worth your time to visit our historic rival, and on a weekday no less? Because Henry Lowood, Curator for History of Science & Technology Collections and Film & Media Collections at Stanford (http://www.stanford.edu/~lowood/) as well as current co-director of the Stanford Humanities Lab (http://shl.stanford.edu/), has very graciously offered to speak to us and even show us around (with our very own Eric Kaltman's help).

Lowood's current research interests include the following areas:

* History of computer game design
* Creation and curation of digital archives
* Computer games as a medium of performance
* History of military simulation

Most recently, Lowood has helped develop a gaming collection/archive at Stanford and is part of a new multi-institution initiative for "Preserving Virtual Worlds," funded by the National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program of the Library of Congress.

Please let Alenda Chang (alenda@berkeley.edu) or Ryan (ryanshaw@ischool.berkeley.edu) know if you would like to come on the 16th, and if so, whether or not you need a ride, can drive others, or would prefer to get there/leave on your own.

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