You are cordially invited to attend a series of public lectures centered on the theme: “Sustaining Humanities Scholarship in the Digital Age: the Future of the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri.” The purpose of the events is to explore the special challenges and opportunities of preserving long-term access to digital resources for humanities scholarship. All events will take place in the Rare Book Room, William R. Perkins Library. This program is made possible with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with co-sponsorship by Duke University Libraries, Department of Classical Studies, and Information Science + Information Studies.
Monday, October 24 – Sustaining Communities of Scholarship
Time: 4:30 pm — 6:00 pm, reception to follow
Speaker: Bernard Frischer
Director, Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
University of Virginia
Bio: Bernard Frischer is a leading scholar in the application of digital technologies to humanities research and education. He founded and directed the Cultural Virtual Reality Lab at UCLA, which uses three-dimensional computer modeling to reconstruct the Roman Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
Tuesday, October 25 — Good Practices for Digital Collections
Time: 4:00 pm — 5:30 pm, reception to follow
Speaker: Priscilla Caplan
Assistant Director, Digital Library Services
Florida Center for Library Automation
Bio: Priscilla Caplan manages projects to build the FCLA Digital Archive. She is the author of Metadata Fundamentals for All Librarians (2004) and numerous articles on metadata, reference linking, digital libraries and digital preservation.
Wednesday, October 26 — Humanities Scholarship in the Digital Age
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Speaker: James J. O’Donnell
Provost, Georgetown University
Bio: James J. O’Donnell has published widely on the cultural history of the late antique Mediterranean world and is a recognized innovator in the application of networked information technology in higher education. He is the author of Avatars of the Word: From Papyrus to Cyberspace (2000) and Augustine: A New Biography (2005).
Thursday, October 29 – International Collaboration in Papyrology
Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, lunch served
Speaker: Roger S. Bagnall
Professor, Classics Department, Columbia University Bio: Roger Bagnall is an internationally acknowledged leader in the field of papyrology and a recipient of Distinguished Achievement Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Professor Bagnall has played a pivotal role in the creation and development of important papyrological institutions, including the Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS), the first digital union catalogue of papyri.