Public Lecture Series

Lecture Series Research

The Public Lecture Series was started in 2004 by Associate Professor Benoît as a venue inviting faculty, staff, students, practitioners, and the entire College community to share their ideas. The topics covered since the series’ inception are varied and far-reaching, often influenced by current events and issues in the LIS profession. Recent topics include open access, literacy, research, technology, and civic engagement and span academic specialties, such as:

  • Don’t they cover that in high school? Closing the information literacy gap presented by Assistant Professor Laura Saunders
  • White privilege in LIS: how do we define it? presented by Associate Professor Lisa Hussey
  • How can professional associations continue to stay relevant? Knowledge Management to the rescue presented by Associate Professor Naresh Agarwal
  • Processing news through smart phones: a self-reported study of mobile news behavior of university students presented by Associate Professor Rong Tang and Assistant Professor Kyong Eun Oh
  • Critical Theory, Habermas, and Civic Engagement presented by Associate Professor Gerald Benoit
  • "We've no problem inheriting that knowledge on to other people": Exploring the characteristics of motivation for attending a participatory archives event. Presented by Dr. Amber L. Cushing '05LS (pictured, with Prof. Michele Cloonan) Lecturer/Assistant Professor Director, Msc & Graduate Certificate in Digital Curation; PhD Programme Coordinator, School of Information and Communication Studies, University College in Dublin, Ireland. This talk is now available on the SLIS Youtube channel.

amber cushing and michele cloonanLIS professionals and faculty from other institutions have also been invited to speak. Guest speakers include Christopher Bavitz from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; Amy Ryan, Chair of the Digital Public Library of America and former director of the Boston Public Library; Helen Partridge, Professor at the Information Systems School at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia; and Erin Mosely, Harvard University.

Visit the SLIS Events page for upcoming Public Lectures.