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The Digital Turn

The Digital Turn
The 2013-14 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series

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Steven Johnson
Steven Johnson
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
7 p.m. Commons Ballroom
Steven Johnson is a best-selling author of works including Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter and Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age. In Fall 2014, Johnson will star in the new PBS Series, How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson
Co-sponsored by the College of Business Administration and Visual Logic.



Monday, March 24, 2014
7 p.m. Commons Ballroom

Juan Luiz Suarez
Juan Luis Suarez
Juan Luis Suarez is the director of the CulturePlex lab, an innovative and interdisciplinary digital humanities research center at Canada's Western University, where he is also a professor of Hispanic Studies in the Modern Languages and Literature Department.

 Cheryl Ball

Cheryl Ball

Monday, March 3, 2014
7 p.m. Commons Ballroom

Cheryl Ball is a scholar in the areas of rhetoric and new media and editor of the journal Kairos.
Co-sponsored by Rod Library.


The Digital Turn: A Roundtable
Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture Series

Monday, November 18, 12 – 12:50
Maucker Presidential Room

Bettina Fabos, Communication Studies

David Grant, Languages & Literatures

Adrienne Lamberti, Languages & Literatures

Jim O'Loughlin, Languages & Literatures

What difference does digital culture make in how we write, communicate, and teach?  As educators and scholars, what is the best way to respond to the proliferation of electronic media and the disruptive effect they can have on traditional means of communication and scholarship?  This discussion was one of the events held as part of The Digital Turn: the 2013-14 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
7 p.m. Commons Ballroom

Watch a short video introduction 
to Kate Pullinger's Digital Fiction here.
Read Kate Pullinger's digital fiction:
• Trailer for Inanimate Alice
• Inanimate Alice
• Flight Paths

Kate Pullinger

Kate Pullinger

Kate Pullinger is an award-winning print novelist and co-creator of the young adult digital novel Inanimate Alice.
Co-sponsored by the College of Education Instructional Technology Division.

The Meryl Norton Hearst endowed fund was established in 1988 by a donation to the University of Northern Iowa by James S. Hearst in honor of his late wife, Meryl Norton Hearst. James S. Hearst, a poet, served as a professor of creative writing at UNI from 1941 to 1975.