The Ron Rucker Lecture


Preserving the Merce Cunningham Legacy

April 26, 2012

Robert Swinston



Is Linking Thinking? Addressing Scholarly Hypermedia

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The link is perhaps the single most revolutionary device within the web. Through a survey of existing and emerging link architectures, and their expression in commercial browsers, Michael D. Roy, L. Douglas and Laura J. Meredith Dean of LIS, Middlebury College, looks at a number of allied questions surrounding linking in particular, and the construction of hypermedia environments in general. In short, how do we evaluate the quality of thought within hypermedia scholarship?


Digital Libraries & the Humanities: Partnerships & Potentials

Thursday, April 17, 2008

David Seaman, Associate Librarian for Information Management, Dartmouth College, former Executive Director of the Digital Library Foundation at University of Virginia, addresses one of the most compelling concerns in the relationship between academics and library & information services & technologies Digital Libraries & the Humanities : Partnerships & Potentials.


Library Theft or Thievery: Cultural Heritage and Collection Security

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Keepers of historical documents (libraries, museums, and historical societies) are often overwhelmed with their responsibilities to provide access to their collections and to care for their preservation. Lost amid these concerns are the significance of these collections and their increasing monetary value. However, there are others who are well aware of these facts and willing to prey upon these materials. This presentation by David A. Cobb, Curator, Harvard Map Collection, Harvard University, introduces the notion of the increasing value of common documents, a review of the most recent theft cases, and recommendations for how to improve security while maintaining access to valuable primary research sources. Sponsored by Friends of the Library, Special Collections, and the Departments of Geology and History.


The Emerging Media of Early America

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Sandra M. Gustafson, professor of English at Notre Dame University, offers alternatives to print-driven media history, considering how theories of technology and history are bound up with the ways that we talk about textual forms, and providing new ways of looking at media that better account for the complex evolution of verbal culture.


Rubbish and Aura: Archival Economics and the Assessment of Cultural Value

Thursday, April 7, 2005

Kurt O. Heinzelman (Middlebury Class of 1969), Professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin, and Executive Curator for Academic Programs at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, presents Rubbish and Aura: Archival Economics and the Assessment of Cultural Value, the 2005 Ron Rucker Lecture. An expanded version of his Plenary Address delivered at the Rockefeller Center, Bellagio, Italy, in February 2004, Professor Heinzelman's talk probes the compelling question of how the cultural value of library, archival, and museum collections is determined. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Special Collections, and Wonnacott Commons.