Open Access Week to feature talk by Shakespeare scholar

September 27, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Katherine Rowe, professor of English at Bryn Mawr College, will give a presentation, "A Walking Guide to Virtual Shakespeare," from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. In her talk Rowe will explore the rhetoric of scholarly walking in the context of a small set of virtual Shakespearean locales — thereby creating a distinctive motor connection to the design of these virtual environments.

Rowe has a doctorate from Harvard and teaches and writes about literature and media change. Trained as a Shakespeare scholar, she turned her attention to questions of media history and adaptation. Her courses explore the history of reading, writing and performance, from the Renaissance to the digital age. Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation and the Pennsylvania Department of Education support her work in the digital humanities. She is the associate editor of the Cambridge World Shakespeare Online, a principle investigator for the Folger Shakespeare Library’s F21 Project and a trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America. She has longstanding interests in faculty development, undergraduate research and curricular innovation. Rowe is also co-founder of Luminary Digital Media, a small commercial publisher of next-generation mobile reading experiences, including Shakespeare’s “The Tempest for iPad.”

The program is sponsored by the Penn State University Libraries' Colloquia Committee. It is part of International Open Access Week, from Oct. 21 to 27, now in its eighth year. Made possible by the Internet and the consent of the author or copyright holder, open access literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Radically changing the distribution of peer-reviewed journal literature, open access offers free and unrestricted access by all scientists, scholars, teachers, students and other curious minds.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015