Avenali lecturer to explore new computer literacy



Kathryn Hayles

13 March 2001 | Katherine Hayles, visiting scholar of literature and science, will discuss literature and literacy in the age of the computer at 7:30 p.m., March 20, in the Morrison Room of Doe Library.

Hayles’ lecture is based on her study of literature and science in the late 20th century, which focuses on how meaning has changed as society moves from a culture of print to the electronic age. Much like the enormous cultural, economic and literacy changes introduced in the 16th century by the invention of the printing press, the high-tech revolution is altering the way people think about writing, reading and meaning. The lecture will present a framework for understanding today’s new computer literacy, shaped as it is by intelligent machines that perform many of the tasks of grammar, spelling and word usage once the exclusive domain of human thought.

A professor of English at UCLA, Hayles holds degrees in chemistry and English and occupies the Townsend Center’s Avenali Chair in the Humanities, awarded each year to a distinguished visiting scholar whose work is of interest to faculty and students of the humanities.

She will join in a follow-up panel discussion — at 4 p.m., March 21, in 220 Stephens Hall — with Anne-Lise Françoise, from English and comparative literature; Shawn Brixley, from art practice; and Ken Goldberg, from industrial engineering and operations research.


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