Category Archives: Events

Recap: International Digital Storytelling Conference

Photo of boy with UMass bear

Selfie with UMass swag from the 6th International Digital Storytelling Conference, photobombed by brother.

Way, way back in 2006, I presented on my dissertation research at the Inaugural Gathering of Digital Storytellers at MIT. Fast-forward to late September 2015, nearly ten years later, and I found myself at the grown-up version of that early gathering, with many of the same attendees: the 6th International Digital Storytelling Conference, jointly hosted by Smith College and UMass Amherst.

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Recap: The Conference on Community Writing

Back in the flatlands, with my new Colorado-branded hat.

Back in the flatlands, with my new Colorado-branded hat.

I spent last weekend – October 16th–19th – at the inaugural Conference on Community Writing in Boulder, Colorado, where I saw some excellent talks, climbed a mountain, and ate a lot of bean-and-grain-filled bowls (much harder to find a hot dog or a sausage in Boulder than in Chicago). The conference ran from Thursday – Saturday, and attracted mostly rhet/comp academics interested in community writing, community engagement, engaged research, public rhetoric, community literacy, and service learning, as well as in creating “sustainable infrastructures” for all of these. Continue reading

Not Social Media, Social Action

Last week, I visited Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, for “Not Social Media, Social Action,” a presentation event hosted by the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program. The event featured the Chief Marketing Officer of, a well-funded, international nonprofit with a mission to “fight the absurdity of extreme poverty,” presenting in tandem with a representative of a team of IMC students. The IMC team had completed a class project with ONE, the task of which was to design ways to push those already engaged in low-level social media engagement with ONE toward more meaningful participation in the organization’s social change efforts. Continue reading

Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science

On Sunday, 11/20/12, I spent most of the day at the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science. This is an annual event in Chicago, and I was glad to attend for the first time. I teach primarily new media studies, and do so from my disciplinary perspective of writing and rhetoric. This puts my work in some relationship to the digital humanities (DH), though the exact nature of that relationship is difficult to determine. Continue reading

International Digital Media Arts Association

A few years back, I traveled to Concordia University in Montreal for a really terrific symposium, Database, Narrative, Archive. D>N>A was small, interdisciplinary, and participatory. There was a performance of High Rise at a bar and workshops on Korsakow and Scalar. A few of the academics at D>N>A recommended the conference of iDMAa, the International Digital Media and Arts Association, as similarly intimate, interdisciplinary, and stimulating. I just returned to Chicago from iDMAa 2012: here’s the debrief. Continue reading

Digital Ethics Symposium

On Monday, 10/29/12, Loyola University’s Center for Digital Ethics and Policy held its second International Digital Ethics Symposium in Chicago. This was the same day that Superstorm Sandy hit, but quite a few intrepid speakers made the journey regardless. I took the Purple Line south and spent the day listening to a range of really interesting talks. Continue reading