Faculty Lecture

I’ve discovered something today: either I was a whole lot braver eight years ago, or a whole lot dumber. I’m giving a talk in our faculty lecture series in about an hour. The last time I did this was during my first year here at the college. And I don’t remember being half so terrified as this.

The talk is entitled “Scholarly Publishing in the Age of the Internet,” and is a distillation of a bunch of the polemics and manifestoes I’ve written about and around MediaCommons over the last year, laying out some of the causes of the crisis in humanities publishing today and suggesting, by looking at examples including arXiv, the Nature open peer review trial, and, of course, MediaCommons, to suggest some possible futures.

One of these days, I’m planning to take the slides of the bajillion talks I’ve given this semester and turn them, with voiceover of the talks themselves, into downloadable movies. Perhaps we could publish them on MediaCommons?

3 thoughts on “Faculty Lecture

  1. It’s because of the long by-phrase separating the two instances of “suggest,” I’d say. Plus, you gave us some links to look at! Too many distractions to notice bad grammar. Besides – who brings their grammar puss to the blogosphere? Not me.

    How did the faculty lecture go in the end? I’m sure you blew the crowd away with your fabulosity.

  2. Rumor has it that it went quite well. Particularly if you define well as having freaked out a certain percentage of the audience. I’m not sure it rose quite to the level of fabulosity, but I’ll let you guys decide soon; this lecture is going to be my first pod/screencast. If I can ever get the hour I need to put it together…

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