Inaugural Digital Scholarship Lecture: Abby Smith Rumsey, “How Digital Memory Will Change Our Past and Shape Our Future”
Abby Smith Rumsey, “How Digital Memory Will Change Our Past and Shape Our Future”
Inaugural Digital Scholarship Lecture
Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 7:30 PM
Pruis Hall, Ball State University
Memory technologies from papyrus to print give humans a unique survival advantage: We accumulate knowledge over generations. This shared body of knowledge shapes our identities, determines our perceptions of the past and sets our expectations of the future. Historian and media expert Abby Smith Rumsey explores how digital memory, which is abundant and hard to preserve, is shaping our culture and the future of knowledge. Far from being merely an academic issue, Rumsey’s talk will explore the interplay of digital technology and culture that has come to define so much of contemporary American life. The lecture is free and open to the public. Copies of her recent book, When We are No More: How Digital Memory Will Shape Our Future, will be available for sale at the venue.