14.0724 this too shall pass, the future of hope

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Date: Wed Mar 07 2001 - 02:43:34 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 724.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: "Hope A. Greenberg" <hag@zoo.uvm.edu> (23)
             Subject: Re: 14.0711 Gutenberg -> XML; Ess, "We are the Borg"

       [2] From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni- (51)
             Subject: The NEH Symposium on _The Future of Hope, End of
                     Utopia II_

             Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2001 07:36:58 +0000
             From: "Hope A. Greenberg" <hag@zoo.uvm.edu>
             Subject: Re: 14.0711 Gutenberg -> XML; Ess, "We are the Borg"

    Francois Lachance quoted then wrote:
    > > What better way is there to leave a gift to future generations than to
    > > mark up documents in XHTML or XML, and who is better to do this than
    > > members of the worlds largest organization of 'markup professionals',
    > > namely ourselves.
    > This development raises for me a question: what is to be the relation of
    > the academy to the extra muros "amateur" (there being apparently few
    > "amateurs" left within its walls), let alone to the extra muros
    > "professional"?

    In my more depressed moments I wonder: if the majority of the academy
    chooses to abdicate its responsibility by not embracing the challenges
    posed by the digital, what possible right can it have to complain about
    those who do? To invoke the ad campaign for that late 20th century icon,
    Lee Iococco, the number of leaders and followers is far smaller than the
    number who just want to "get out of the way." It's sad to get run over by
    a lousy Chrysler mini-van when what we wanted to do was build and drive
    something elegant, powerful and energy efficient.

    Perhaps there is comfort in the knowledge that "this too shall pass" and
    that the web is a big place with room for lots of mistakes and much

    - Hope.Greenberg@uvm.edu, U of Vermont (enjoying 14 inches of snow with
    more coming)

             Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2001 07:38:02 +0000
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: The NEH Symposium on _The Future of Hope, End of Utopia II_

    Dear Humanist Scholars,

    ((Hi, if you are near to University of San Francisco, please drop there to
    visit and hear the talk. Thank you.-Arun))

    Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2001 10:47:24 -0800
    From: Eduardo Mendieta <mendietae@usfca.edu>

    The NEH Symposium: The Future of Hope, End of Utopia II

    March 27th, 6-9 pm.
    Lone Mountain 140
    University of San Francisco

    William Blake:The Presence of Hope, The Ends of Utopia
    Robert Catterall
    Newcastle, England

    Robert Catterall is Visiting Senior Fellow (urban studies) at Newcastle
    University.He is the editor of the journal 'City:analysis of urban trends,
    culture, theory, policy, action', co-author with

    Manuel Castells of The Making of the Network Society: A dialogue (Institute
    of Contemporary Arts, London, 2001) and is working on a book about the
    emerging geo-cultural order. He devised and co-organized a conference at the
    Tate Gallery on William Blake and the Regeneration of London.

    Utopian Bodies: How we became Borgs
    Eduardo Mendieta
    University of San Francisco

    Eduardo Mendieta is Assistant Professor of philosophy at the University of San
    Francisco, and the NEH Chair for 2000-1 Academic Year. He has edited several
    books, and is the author of From Hermeneutics to Semiotics: Adventures of
    Transcendental Philosophy (Rowman and Littlefield, Forthcoming). He is at work
    on a book on utopia.

    Tracy Seeley
    University of San Francisco

    Tracy Seeley is an Associate Professor of English at the University of San
    Francisco, where she teaches Victorian and 20th-century British literature,
    and Post-colonial studies. She has published several essays on Virginia
    Woolf, as well as essays on Rebecca West, Joseph Conrad, Victorian Women's
    non-fiction prose, and poet and essayist Alice Meynell. She is currently at
    work on a project which combines spatial theory and poetics, an interest
    which informed the Davies Seminar she co-taught, on Space and American
    Cultural Values in Literature and Film. She is also co-author of two
    screenplays and several works of creative non-fiction.

    Yoko Arisaka
    University of San Francisco

    Eduardo Mendieta
    Assistant Professor
    Philosophy Department
    University of San Francisco
    2130 Fulton Street
    San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

    Tel: (415) 422-6313
    Fax: (415) 422-2346

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