Screening of 1974 Documentary "Hypertext: An Educational Experiment in English and Computer Science at Brown University"

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities and the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland, and the National Endowment for the Humanities cordially invite you to its first public screening at 7:30pm on the evening of Monday April 25, 2016 in the auditorium at 0320 Tawes Hall. The screening will include commentary on this experiment, which built arguably the first online scholarly community, by Professor van Dam, followed by a panel discussion featuring van Dam as well as Maryland’s own Ben Shneiderman, Kari Kraus (Associate Professor, iSchool and English Department), the NEH’s CIO and Director of the Office of Digital Humanities Brett Bobley, and NEH’s Program Analyst Ann Sneesby-Koch (to be moderated by MITH’s Associate Director Matthew Kirschenbaum). We hope that you can join us for this very special event!


Andy Van Dam
Andy Van Dam
Professor of Technology and Education and Professor of Computer ScienceBrown University

Andries van Dam is the Thomas J. Watson Jr. University Professor of Technology and Education and Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. He has been a member of Brown’s faculty since 1965, was a co-founder of Brown’s Computer Science Department and its first Chairman from 1979 to 1985, and was also Brown’s first Vice President for Research from 2002 – 2006. His research includes work on computer graphics, hypermedia systems, post-WIMP and natural user interfaces (NUI), including pen- and touch-computing, and educational software. He has been working for over four decades on systems for creating and reading electronic books with interactive illustrations for use in teaching and research. In 1967 Prof. van Dam co-founded ACM SICGRAPH (the precursor of SIGGRAPH) and from 1985 through 1987 was Chairman of the Computing Research Association. He is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and AAAS, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He has received the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, the SIGGRAPH Steven A. Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics, and the IEEE Centennial Medal, and holds four honorary doctorates. He has authored or co-authored over 100 papers and nine books, including “Fundamentals of Interactive Computer Graphics” and three editions of “Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice”.

Ben Shneiderman
ProfessorDepartment of Computer ScienceUniversity of Maryland

Ben Schneiderman is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and Member of the Institutes for Advanced Computer Studies & for Systems Research, all at the University of Maryland at College Park. He was elected as a Fellow of the Association for Computing (ACM ) in 1997 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2001. He received the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. Ben is the author of Software Psychology: Human Factors in Computer and Information Systems (1980) and Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (4th ed. 2004) . He pioneered the highlighted textual link in 1983, and it became part of Hyperties, a precursor to the web. His move into information visualization helped spawn the successful company Spotfire. He is a technical advisor for the HiveGroup and ILOG. With S Card and J. Mackinlay, he co-authored Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think (1999). His recent books include Leonardo’s Laptop: Human Needs and the New Computing Technologies (MIT Press) and with B. Bederson, The Craft of Information Visualization (Morgan Kaufmann).