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April 1: "A Scholar Gets a Kindle and Starts to Read"

James J. O'Donnell
Provost & Professor of Classics, Georgetown University

Thursday, April 1, 4:30 p.m. [not 4:15 p.m. as earlier advertised]
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall St. | Free and open to the public

E-books promise a lot: what do they deliver for the serious scholarly reader? This talk will include no kvetching about funny keyboards, no technophobia, and no vague generalizations. Professor O'Donnell will explore the ways an e-book device can support scholarly reading, can challenge it to change for the better, and sometimes can thwart it outright. He thinks he's discovered something about Jeff Bezos.

James J. O’Donnell has been Provost of Georgetown University since 2002. He is a distinguished scholar and recognized innovator in the application of networked information technology in higher education and the author of seven books. His latest, The Ruin of the Roman Empire, was published by HarperCollins in 2008. In 1990, he co-founded the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, the second online scholarly journal created in the humanities. In addition to his duties as Provost, Professor O'Donnell is a member of the faculty of Georgetown’s Classics department. He is a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America and has served as president of the American Philological Association, the primary professional association for classicists in the United States and Canada. He earned his doctorate from Yale in 1975.