Panelists for Visualizing the Digital: Design, Ideas and Platforms

Visualizing the Digital: Design, Ideas and Platforms
March 26, 2013

Edward L. AyersEdward L. Ayers (panelist)—Edward L. Ayers has been president of the University of Richmond since 2007. Dr. Ayers is a noted historian and the author of 10 books on the American South. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a Bancroft Prize for distinguished writing in American history and the Beveridge Prize for the best book in English on the history of the Americas since 1492 for “In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America.” His book “The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction” was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Dr. Ayers’ digital archive project, The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War, has been used in thousands of classrooms around the world, and he works closely with the Digital Scholarship Lab at UR on a digital atlas of American history, funded by a large grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Dr. Ayers is also a co-host of BackStory, a nationally syndicated radio show that ties history to the present day. Dr. Ayers is an accomplished teacher. In 2003 he was awarded the National Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and he annually teaches an undergraduate seminar for first-year students.

Amanda FrenchAmanda French (panelist)—Amanda French is currently research assistant professor and THATCamp coordinator at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. Previously, as an assistant research scholar in the Archives and Public History program at New York University, she helped develop a model curriculum emphasizing digital skills and developed and taught the graduate course Creating Digital History. Before that, she taught at North Carolina State University on Victorian literature and academic research methods for the digital age.

Roy D. McKelveyRoy D. McKelvey (moderator)—With more than 30 years of experience in interaction and visual interface design, Roy D. McKelvey has been active as a researcher, educator and designer of interactive media and websites. He has authored a book on website design entitled “Hypergraphics,” published by Rotovision, and has co-edited, co-written and art-directed a book on digital typeface history and design titled “Revival of the Fittest: Digital Versions of Classic Typefaces” for RC publications, a subsidiary of Print magazine. Prof. McKelvey also served as Director of VCU’s MFA program in Visual Communication from 2004 to 2010.

Emily SmithEmily Smith (panelist)—Emily Smith is the executive director of 1708 Gallery, a non-profit contemporary art space in Richmond, VA.1708 Gallery organizes 6 to 8 exhibitions per year, including InLight Richmond, its one-night public exhibition of light-based art and performance. Prior to that she was the curatorial fellow in modern and contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, from March 2007 through September 2010. Projects at VMFA include the exhibitions The Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection of German Expressionist Art; Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris; and Labor and Leisure: Works by African American Artists in the VMFA Permanent Collections. Prior to VMFA, she was director of exhibitions at Piedmont Arts in Martinsville, VA (2004-2007), and the Assistant Director at Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA (2003-2004). Smith was an adjunct faculty member in art history at Patrick Henry Community College, Martinsville, and was a critic for a Charlottesville weekly paper. Smith received a MA in art history from the University of Virginia in 2002.

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