Upcoming Brown-Bag Talk: All About British Virginia

Next week is our second brown-bag talk of the year, on Wednesday, October 30th, at 12:00 p.m. in Cabell 250. Come listen to a panel discuss the development of British Virginia, VCU’s pioneering digital publishing project. Bring your lunch, and have some snacks and beverages on us. On the 30th you will hear from…

Joshua Eckhardt is an Associate Professor and the Director of the MA program in English at VCU; the author of Manuscript Verse Collectors and the Politics of Anti-Courtly Love Poetry (Oxford, 2009); an assistant textual editor for The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne (Indiana); and a founding, general co-editor of British Virginia, VCU’s pilot program in digital publishing.

Sam Byrd, Assistant Professor, is the Digital Collections Systems Librarian at VCU Libraries, where he plays a lead role in the creation and development of digitization projects and policies and open access initiatives (http://dig.library.vcu.edu/ and https://digarchive.library.vcu.edu/). He previously held librarian positions at the Library of Virginia and M.I.T.

Kevin Farley is Humanities Collections Librarian for VCU Libraries. His doctorate, in English Renaissance literature, focused on the mutability of textual subjectivity in the late Elizabethan period brought about by intensifying print censorship. This research grew from his lifelong interest in the cultural role of libraries to widen the circulation of ideas, despite constricting historical pressures. This has led him to explore the seismic shift from print to digital and how libraries are rapidly changing both in what they are and what they do—a mirror for our own changing digital selves.

Neal Wyatt is a doctoral candidate in the MATX program at VCU. She worked as a graduate assistant to the British Virginia project and as a senior media features editor for Blackbird: An Online Journal for Literature and the Arts. She has also created a number of digital projects including a reading map on Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and hypertexts on T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land and Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.