The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship

Freedman Center Colloquium on
Building a Culture for Digital Scholarship


Speaker Biographies


Dr. Laura Mandell
Texas A&M University
Professor of English and Associate Director of NINES, co-director of 18thConnect (an online community for 18th century literary scholars), and the director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University, which includes a new research consortium called the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC). Prior to her recent appointment at Texas A & M, Dr. Mandell was Director of the Digital Humanities Program at Miami University of Ohio. She is general editor of the Poetess Archive and the PA Journal, Associate Director of NINES, and editor of the PA Journal. She has published articles in the fields of eighteenth-century literature and Romanticism, more recently adding her computing expertise to traditional literary criticism in an essay called “What Literary Theory Neither Hears Nor Sees” that appeared in New Literary History.

Dr. Amy Friedlander
National Science Foundation
Amy Friedlander is currently on a three-year assignment as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Director of the Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences at the US National Science Foundation. Prior to joining the NSF, she was Director of Programs at the Council on Library and Information Resources where she was primarily engaged in projects involving cyberinfrastructure, preservation, and digital scholarship, encouraging partnerships and cross-fertilization of ideas across disciplines, agencies, and institutional boundaries with funding from the NSF, the US National Endowment for the Humanities, and the US Institute of Museum and Library Services. She is the founding editor of D-Lib Magazine and subsequently SAIC’s now closed iMP: the magazine on information impacts, and also participated in the organizational phases of the Library of Congress’ National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. Dr. Friedlander was appointed to the NSF Blue Ribbon Task Force on Economically Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access and was the editor of the Year 1 report for this group. Dr. Friedlander holds the A.B. from Vassar College, the M.A., and Ph.D. in U.S. history from Emory University, and the M.S.L.I.S. from The Catholic University of America and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Dr. Neni Panourgia
Columbia University
Neni Panourgia is Associate Professor of Anthropology and affiliated faculty at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Culture, and the Harriman Institute. She is on the Advisory Board of the New York Academy of Sciences. She has published articles on the political dimensions of architecture, on the theory of anthropology, epistemology, on the ethnographic method, on death and mourning, on issues of health, the question of biopolitics and the body, and the political dimensions of culture. Her first book Fragments of Death, Fables of Identity received the Grand Jury Prize of the International Society of Ethnohistory and the Chicago Folklore Prize. Her new book, Dangerous Citizens: The Greek Left and the Terror of the State (2009, Fordham University Press, and analyses the modalities employed by the Greek state in its efforts to disaggregate and eradicate political dissent through the use of legal interventions, imprisonment, and political concentration camps and exile. She is currently a Charles H. Revson Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Stephen Chapman
Stephen Chapman is Project Manager of the Harvard Law School Library Digital Lab. In previous positions at Harvard, he contributed to building several thematic digital collections for Harvard’s Open Collections Program and served on technical teams that developed shared services for preserving, discovering, and delivering digitized library materials. Stephen has an MLIS from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and an MA in English from Boston University.

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