15.429 Lyman Award for IT in the humanities

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 429.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Fri, 04 Jan 2002 10:42:49 +0000
             From: jod@ccat.sas.upenn.edu (James J. O'Donnell)
             Subject: new award announcement (fwd)

       From jod Mon Dec 31 20:29:47 2001
    To: humanist@lists.princeton.edu
    Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2001 20:29:47 -0500 (EST)

    Lyman Award Created

    The Rockefeller Foundation has made a $500,000 grant to the National
    Humanities Center to create a prize in honor of Richard W. Lyman. In each
    of the next five years, the award will recognize an individual who has
    used information technology to break new ground in the humanities.

    Lyman is President Emeritus of Stanford University, where he served as
    Provost from 1968-1970 and President from 1970-1980. Before becoming
    Provost, he was Professor of History at Stanford. After retiring from
    Stanford, he served as President of the Rockefeller Foundation from
    1980-1988. He is the author of The First Labour Government, and editor,
    with Lewis W. Spitz, of Major Crises in Western Civilization. He
    coauthored, with Virginia A. Hodgkinson, The Future of the Nonprofit

    "As university president and as the head of the Rockefeller Foundation,
    Richard Lyman has demonstrated a deep concern for the humanities and a
    conviction that the liberal arts-and the nonprofit sector more
    generally-must adapt to and evolve with the world in which they live,"
    said Alice Stone Ilchman, recently retired chairman of the Rockefeller
    Foundation's Board of Trustees. "By focusing on projects that combine
    scholarly significance with technological innovation, the award will honor
    Richard Lyman by bringing attention to humanists who have most
    successfully brought together the best of the scholarly tradition with the
    technological changes that are more than ever making scholarship and
    teaching a universal, democratic endeavor."

    The Center will present the award for the first time in April 2002. An
    advisory board will be formed composed of leaders from the academy and the
    information technology industry, and a selection committee of humanistic
    scholars who have used information technology to make major advances in
    scholarship and teaching will meet at the Center this winter to review
    nominations and make the inaugural award. James J. O'Donnell, a Trustee of
    the Center, Professor of Classical Studies and Vice Provost for
    Information Systems and Computing at the University of Pennsylvania, will
    chair the selection committee. O'Donnell is the author of Avatars of the
    Word: From Papyrus to Cyberspace, which compares today's information
    technology explosion with earlier revolutionary periods in communications,
    such as the switch from oral to written culture, from the papyrus scroll
    to the codex, and from copied manuscript to print. "The goal of the
    award," O'Donnell said, "is not to recognize dazzling technology or to
    crow about how even humanists can be technological. Rather it is to
    recognize outstanding scholarly or critical achievement that happens to
    have been facilitated by creative use of technology. In another age,
    Erasmus made his way as a scholar in large measure because he mastered and
    exploited the new technology of print as few others had the imagination to
    do. That's the kind of creativity that the selection committee will be
    looking for."

    Nominations for the award may be sent to lyman-award@listserv.nhc.rtp.nc.us

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