Festival of Books 2012

Future Books, Media in the Digital Age: About the Panelists

Steve AndersonSteve Anderson is an assistant professor of interactive media and founding director of the Ph.D. program in media arts and practice in the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is also the co-editor of Vectors Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular and the creator of Critical Commons, a fair use advocacy site and online media archive. He is the author of Technologies of History: Visual Media and the Eccentricity of the Past, which is accompanied by an online interactive digital project, www.technohistory.net.

Anne BalsamoAnne Balsamo, author of Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work (Duke, 2011), offers a manifesto for rethinking the role of culture in the process of technological innovation in the 20th century.  Based on her years of experience as an educator, new media designer, research scientist and entrepreneur, the book offers a series of lessons about the cultivation of the technological imagination and the cultural and ethical implications of emergent technologies.  Balsamo is full professor at the University of Southern California, where she holds joint appointments in the  USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and the interactive media division of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.  From 2004-2007, she served as the director of the Institute for Multimedia Literacy at USC where she created one of the first academic programs in multimedia literacy across the curriculum.  In 2002, she co-founded, Onomy Labs, Inc. a Silicon Valley technology design and fabrication company that builds cultural technologies.  Previously she was a member of RED (Research on Experimental Documents), a collaborative research-design group at Xerox PARC who created experimental reading devices and new media genres.  She served as project manager and new media designer for the development of RED’s interactive museum exhibit, XFR: Experiments in the Future of Reading that toured Science/Technology Museums in the U.S. from 2000-2003. Her earlier book, Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women (Duke UP, 1996) investigated the social and cultural implications of emergent bio-technologies.  In 2010, she received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create an interactive tangible browser for the AIDS memorial quilt that will serve as a the basis for a new exhibit to be shown at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 2012.

Catherine QuinlanCatherine Quinlan was appointed dean of the USC Libraries on August 1, 2007. She is responsible for guiding the university’s efforts to establish the model for the 21st-century library at USC; building world-class scholarly research collections; and creating partnerships with arts, culture, and library institutions throughout Southern California and around the world. Quinlan came to USC after a decade at the University of British Columbia, where she headed a library system encompassing more than 300 full-time staff members distributed over more than 21 sites. Beginning in 2004, she also served as managing director of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, a $74 million facility located on the UBC campus that is a prototype for academic information management and dissemination. Quinlan has published extensively on the importance of information literacy and has lectured at educational institutions around the world. She has written recently on topics in library administration, change management and strategic planning, and the information-seeking behavior of students in physical and virtual library spaces. She is a fellow of the USC Annenberg School, a member of the Urban Land Institute Think Tank and has served on the board of directors of numerous professional organizations, including the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and the Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance. Quinlan holds an MBA from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a master of library studies degree from Dalhousie University and a bachelor of music degree from Queen’s University.

Holly WillisHolly Willis is a research assistant professor in the USC School of Cinematic Arts, as well as director of academic programs at USC Institute for Multimedia Literacy, where she teaches, organizes workshops and oversees academic programs designed to introduce new media literacy skills across USC’s campus and curriculum. Willis is also the editor of The New Ecology of Things, a collection of essays on pervasive computing, and author of New Digital Cinema: Reinventing the Moving Image, which chronicles the advent of digital filmmaking tools and their impact on contemporary media practices.