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UI Obermann Center hosts seminar on technology and literature
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The science of technology and the art of fiction
are coming together at the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced
Studies during a July 14-31 seminar.
Funded by a $25,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant
to Kirkwood Community College, faculty members from Kirkwood are meeting
to discuss how changing technology is revolutionizing the content and format
of literary fiction. New methods of teaching and learning are being shared.
The project directors are Sue English and Dom Franco from the department
of English at Kirkwood. Brooks Landon from the department of English at
the UI is a project consultant who specializes in electronic culture and
"We will think through the whole range of intersections between
literature and technology, from the printing press and typewriter to the
word processor, hypertext and the World Wide Web," said Landon.
English and Franco said the project grew from teaching writing using
computers. According to English, her experience shows that the greatest
productivity in classrooms is reached when students work together on computers,
as opposed to the time-honored notion of a writer's lonely creative isolation.
The seminar is the most recent of several NEH-funded collaborations
between Kirkwood and the Obermann Center. Earlier seminars focused on faculty
development and the integration of humanities and vocational courses.
Participants from the Kirkwood Community College department of English
include: Sue English, Dom Franco, Paul Hauser, J.L. McLure, Devonee McDonald,
Kevin Mebergall and John Mullen.