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[liberationtech] Fwd: PCD 1/18/13 - Brenda Laurel, Crossing Boundaries: Travels between Technology and the Humanities

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From: Jeffrey Heer <jheer at>

Stanford Seminar on People, Computers, and Design (CS547: HCI Seminar)

18 January, 2013
12:50-2:05 pm, Gates B01

Brenda Laurel
Crossing Boundaries: Travels between Technology and the Humanities

I've been working in computer technology for 36 years. I've lived through
and participated in many major shifts in our capability space, new lines of
thought and purpose, and how we think about the our relationships with
technology. I've chosen four canonical experiences from my life during
these times to elucidate the intricate relationships I have seen between
technology and the humanities in innovation.

Bio: Brenda Laurel has worked in interactive media since 1976. She served
as professor and founding chair of the Graduate Program in Design at
California College of the Arts from 2006 to 2012. She designed and chaired
the graduate Media Design Program at the Art Center College of Design in
Pasadena (2001-2006) and was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems
Labs (2005-2006). Based on her research in gender and technology at
Interval Research (1992-1996), she co-founded Purple Moon in 1996 to create
interactive media for girls. In 1990 she co-founded Telepresence Research,
Inc., focusing on virtual reality and remote presence. Other employers
include Atari, Activision, and Apple. Her books include The Art of
Human-Computer Interface Design (1990), Computers as Theatre (1991),
Utopian Entrepreneur (2001), and Design Research: Methods and Perspectives
(2004). Her most recent writing, Gaian IXD, was the cover article in the
Sept-Oct 2011 issue of the journal Interactions. Sh
 e earned her BA (1972) from DePauw University and her MFA (1975) and PhD.
in Theatre (1986) from the Ohio State University.

Jeffrey Heer
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Stanford University |
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