An Interdisciplinary Conference Celebrating the Achievements and Legacies of Ada Lovelace

Friday, October 18, 2013 ( 8:30 am to 6:00 pm )

Location: Stevens Institute of Technology

An Interdisciplinary Conference Celebrating the Achievements and Legacies of Ada Lovelace
October 18, 2013
Stevens Institute of Technology
College of Arts and Letters

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The College of Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology is pleased to invite you to participate in our upcoming conference celebrating the achievements and legacy of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852), to be held on our scenic campus on 18 October 2013.  Presenters will speak about Lovelace’s many achievements as well as the impact of her life and work, which reverberated through the sciences and humanities since the late nineteenth century.  This conference heralds a recent resurgence in Lovelace scholarship thanks to the growth of interdisciplinary thinking and the  expanding influence of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Our institute-wide commitment to the development of innovative thinking in a culture of collaboration makes Stevens an ideal venue for sharing ideas about Lovelace, a luminary figure whose life and works connect academics across disciplines and cultures. In addition, this conference reflects our dedication to fulfilling the mission of the College of Arts and Letters, which is, in part, “to advance research and scholarship at the intersection of science, technology, the arts, and the humanities […] through our unique and distinctive programs, centers, conferences and resources.” We anticipate an exciting, intellectually stimulating event attended by scholars, teachers, and students from around the world as we gather to explore this important thinker.

Featured Speakers

Our keynote speaker, Valerie Aurora, is Executive Director and co-founder of  of The Ada Initiative, a non-profit collective founded in 2011 to promote women in open technology and culture.  Aurora tirelessly helps women to get and stay involved in communities dedicated to changing the future of global society such as open source, open data, open education, and other areas of free and open technology and culture. She was recognized in 2011 as one of Femme-o-nomics Top 50 Women to Watch in Tech and, in 2012, she was cited as one of the 6 Most Influential Information Security Thinkers by SC Magazine.  Aurora lives and works in San Francisco, California.

Our plenary speaker, Dr. Tom Misa, is Director of The Charles Babbage Institute.  He is a historian specializing in the interactions of technology and modern culture and he has been active in the Society for the History of Technology, the international Tensions of Europe network, and several collaborative research and book projects.  Dr. Misa is Professor in the History of Science and Technology at the University of Minnesota.  His recent publications include: Gender Codes: Why Women are Leaving Computing. Editor (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley/IEEE Computer Society Press, 2010), Urban Machinery: Inside Modern European Cities. Co-edited with Mikael Hård (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007), and Leonardo to the Internet: Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004).

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Registration fees are $20 for non-students and $5 for students. On 01 October the registration fees rise to $20 for non-students and $10 for students.
NOTE: If you are an international attendee and you have difficulty with the payment system on the registration page, you may pay in-person on the first day of the conference. Please e-mail your name and contact information to Robin Hammerman in order to register. [email protected].

Conference Program - Friday, October 18, 2013 - Bissinger Room (Howe Building - 4th Floor)

8:30-9:15 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:15-9:30 AM: Opening Remarks by Lisa M. Dolling, Dean, College of Arts & Letters

9:30-10:45 AM: Session One: Blazing a Trail: Women in Computing Through the Ages

Jenny Korn (Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago)
“‘Genderless’ Online Discourse in the 1970s: Muted Group Theory in Early Social Computing”

Elise K. Burton (Ph.D. Candidate, Middle Eastern Studies and History, Harvard University)
“Power, Patronage, and Career Advancement for Women Scientists: A Historical Perspective from 20th Century Turkey and Israel”

Adriana Compagnoni (Associate Professor, Computer Science, Stevens Institute of Technology)
“Recent Innovative Connections in Biology and Computing”

11:00 AM-12:15 PM: Session Two: Steampunk Literature

Lee Vinsel (Assistant Professor, Science & Technology Studies, Stevens Institute of Technology)
“Why Were Two 30-to-40 Something Science Fiction Writers Dreaming About a ‘Victorian Internet’ in 1989?”

Catherine Siemann (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Humanities & Social Sciences, Cooper Union and City University of New York/John Jay College)
“Some Notes on the Steampunk Social Problem Novel”

Elizabeth Bruton (Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Leeds and the Museum of History of Science, Oxford)
“‘In advance of that magnificence’: A Comparative Study of Fictional Depictions of Telecommunications in The Difference Engine and The Wireless World”

12:30-1:45 PM: Luncheon and Plenary Lecture

Tom Misa (Director of The Charles Babbage Institute and Professor in the History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota)
“Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, and the Bernoulli Numbers”

2:00-3:15 PM: Session Three: Art in the Digital World

Sydney Padua (Creator, 2D Goggles), Valerie Aurora (Executive Director, The Ada Initiative), and Robin Hammerman (Teaching Assistant Professor of The Freshman Experience, Stevens Institute of Technology)
“A Conversation with Sydney Padua”

Amy Cunningham (Senior Lecturer, School of Art, Design & Media, University of Brighton)
“Oracle: The Articulation of Promise”

3:30-4:45 PM: Session Four: Ada in the Literary World

Julia Markus (Professor of English, Hofstra University)
“Lady Byron’s Daughter”

Jonathan Farina (Assistant Professor, English, Seton Hall University)
“Lovelace and Dickens at the Victorian Salon”

Vicky Ludas Orlofsky (Instruction and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Stevens Institute of Technology)
“Ada Lovelace, Steampunk Heroine”

5:00 PM-6:00 PM: The Provost’s Lecture Series on Women and Leadership and Conference Keynote Address (Location: Babbio Auditorium)
Introductory Remarks: George Korfiatis, Ph.D., Provost and University Vice President, Stevens Institute of Technology

Valerie Aurora (Executive Director, The Ada Initiative)
“Rebooting the Ada Lovelace Mythos”

6:00-7:00 PM: Provost’s Reception in Babbio Atrium

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