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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

The 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 forth–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

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
(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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