The conference that my collaborator, Paul Hammond, and I attended in New York this winter was transformative for us. We returned to the university with a very clear sense of what we needed to be doing to bring the humanities to the table for discussions about the future of higher education.
Richard sent me a follow-up note recently, and though regrettably he won’t be attending this year, he’s posted a delightfully optimistic video discussing the present and future of writing, reading, learning, and publishing:
I am sorry that Paul and I won’t be attending TOC this year. Last year’s event was one of the most influential, transformative experiences I’ve had at a conference. Alas, in a story I’m sure you’re hearing everywhere, the collapse of the economy and the state of New Jersey’s educational budget makes it impossible to fund the trip this year.
The most recent work that Paul and I have completed reflects how much TOC has influenced our thinking about the future of academic publishing. I presented this at the Modern Language Association’s national conference late in December. Paul and I have presented it together at Apple’s national sales meeting in November and will be presenting it at national meetings of Apple CIO’s in February and in April. We’d love to know what you think of it.
It’s called “This is How We Dream.”