Many thanks to all the people who attended the Fall Symposium and to all the volunteers who made it such a wonderful, thought-provoking event.Program Committee and Local Arrangements:
Thanks also go out to Jill Synder and Giordana Mecagni, symposium moderators and to Jessica Tanny for the design of the program brochure.
Finally, thanks to Jeffrey T. Schnapp, our keynote speaker, and all of the panel presenters.
The New England Archivists' Fall 2013 Symposium will focus on innovative thinking in the field of archives. The goal of this event is to inspire and challenge attendees, push the boundaries of current archival thought, and provide a forum for present and future dialog by illustrating ideas and 'what-if' scenarios that have yet to be explored by archivists in the New England region. The symposium will feature a plenary talk by Jeffrey Schnapp, (Harvard University) noted thinker in the realm of digital humanities; rounds of short presentations by NEA members; and robust moderated discussion of topics and ideas presented led by Jill Snyder (NARA) and Giordana Mecagni (Northeastern University). Tours of local repositories will be available in the morning. We hope you will join us for this spirited event!
Professor Schnapp's talk will be broadly concerned with the past, present and future of archives, centering on the challenges of designing new kinds of user-centered archival repositories. He will focus in particular on some experiments underway at metaLAB in the area of crisis archiving (the Digital Archive of Japan 2011 Disasters), working with object-based collections (Teaching with Things), and participatory curation and processing (Curarium.com).
Jeffrey Schnapp is currently faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society (Harvard University), Professor of Romance Languages & Literature at Harvard University, and also on the teaching faculty in the Department of Architecture at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. He is also the faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard. Before moving to Harvard in 2011, Professor Schnapp occupied the Pierotti Chair of Italian Studies at Stanford, where he founded the Stanford Humanities Lab in 1999.http://jeffreyschnapp.com
The 2013 Fall Symposium will feature two rounds of short, energetic TED/Lightning or PechaKucha-style talks. After each round, presenters and attendees will have an opportunity to expand on these ideas in a moderated discussion.The symposium presentations are:
Repositories in the Pioneer Valley have graciously offered to open their doors to attendees for two hours on the morning of the symposium (9-11am). We encourage you to travel this beautiful part of Massachusetts and see what is happening! As details and logistics information become available, we will post them here.Repositories include:
** From the north and west, I-91 and Northampton: Take Rt. 9 east into Amherst center. At the traffic light, cross Rt. 116; proceed .25 mi. Turn left onto Seelye St., then first left into Alumni Lot.
** From the east (Boston, Worcester) via Rt. 9: On Rt. 9 west, approaching Amherst College, go through railroad underpass and up a short hill, 250 ft. Take 2nd right onto Seelye St., then first left into Alumni Lot.
** From the south (South Hadley) via Rt. 116: As Amherst College comes into view (on right), turn right at first traffic light onto Rt. 9 east; proceed .25 mi. Turn left onto Seelye St., then first left into Alumni Lot.
From the lot there will be signs directing you to Valentine Hall and Lewis-Sebring Commons
More Directions to Amherst College, a campus map, and further details about Amherst, MA can be found here: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/visiting