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Call for Proposals - "Virtual Worlds" at Purdue

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana  
Online Conference: Thursday, May 6, 2010 – Thursday, May 13, 2010
Onsite Conference: Thursday, May 20, 2010 – Sunday, May 23, 2010
Proposal Due Date: October 23, 2009 (before midnight EST)
Notifications of Acceptance: December 15, 2009
Registration Opens: January 15, 2010

Drop.io Tool Solves Some File Exchange Issues

Tim Krause just turned me on to a (fairly) new tool that is pretty convenient for sending large files to multiple users (e.g., turning in a dissertation, submitting a book, etc. (-:). It's called Drop.io:


You can drop files (and even voice messages) via the Web, phone, email, or widget. Free for 100 MB. Not bad! For 1 GB, you can pay $10/year.


KB Journal 3.1 Released

The Fall 2006 issue of KB Journal /(vol. 3.1), an online journal elaborating on the work of Kenneth Burke, is now available at http://kbjournal.org. This issue features articles by Keith Gibson on the influence of Frazer's The Golden Bough on Burke's Attitudes Toward History; by Robert S. Littlefield, Timothy L. Sellnow, and Matthew I. Attansey on crisis communication responsive to the 2004 tsunami; and by Timothy Crusius on Burke and ethics. Additionally, we reprint the entire preface to Burke's new book Late Poems, 1968-1993, and three selections, as well as a review of the book by Miriam Clark. We remember the contributions of Bernard Brock and Leland Griffin in essays by James Chesebro and Mark Wright. Our Happenings section offers photos of a new sculpture at the old Burke homeplace by Michael Burke. Finally, we offer several new research reviews of recent publications in Burke studies and begin a new "book gallery," featuring information about new Burke-authored books and their availability.

MacArthur Foundation / Digital Media and Learning Project

I thought I'd mention that a new project has just been launched by the MacArthur Foundation that should be of interest to many of us, the Digital Media and Learning Project. The overall goal is to study how new media technologies are changing the way young people "play, socialize, and engage in civic life." I think it's safe to say that we should also be studying how young people change those media technologies themselves (as active agents). We've seen plenty of that happen, and it's the source of much of our innovation (innovation that often matters most).


Parlor Press/Glassbead Books Launch

We've published a new book and launched a new imprint at Parlor Press that I hope will be of interest to Kairosnews readers. The book is Looking for a Fight: Is There a Republican War on Science? and it has been published under the new imprint Glassbead Books. As you'll see at the book's website, it's a Crooked Timber "book event" and collects respsonses to Chris Mooney's much-discussed The Republican War on Science. Many more such books are planned.


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