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Alan Liu, Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will deliver the David L. Kubal Memorial Lecture on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 6:30pm in the Golden Eagle Ballroom, located on the third floor of the Golden Eagle. (Click here for a map to this event.) Refreshments will be served.

Image of Alan LiuThe title of Professor Liu's talk is "Friending the Past: The Sense of History and Social Computing," and will reflect on the relation between the media ages of orality, writing, and digital networking to ask the question: what happens today to the "sense of history" that was the glory of the high age of print?  In particular, what does the age of social computing--–social networking, blogs, Twitter, and so forthÂ--have in common with prior ages in which the experience of sociality was deeply vested in a shared sense of history?  Professor Liu will conclude with a preview of the RoSE (Research-oriented Social Environment) that his team has been building to model past bibliographical resources as a social network.

About the Speaker

Alan Liu is Chair and Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an affiliated faculty member of UCSB’s Media Arts & Technology graduate program. Previously, he was on the faculty of Yale University’s English Department and British Studies Program.

He began his research in the field of British romantic literature and art. His first book, Wordsworth: The Sense of History (Stanford Univ. Press, 1989), explored the relation between the imaginative experiences of literature and history.

In a series of theoretical essays in the 1990s, he explored cultural criticism, the “new historicism,” and postmodernism in contemporary literary studies. In 1994, when he started his Voice of the Shuttle Web site for humanities research, he began to study information culture as a way to close the circuit between the literary or historical imagination and the technological imagination. In 2004, he published his The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information (Univ. of Chicago Press). Recently published from Univ. of Chicago Press is Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database.

For more information, call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140.

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