Over the course of 3 days, we will discover the past, present, and future of the open web by hearing from the following keynote speakers:

Presenting on:

The Web That Was

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English
Michigan State University

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University, where she also directs MESH, a research and development unit focused on the future of scholarly communication. She is project director of Humanities Commons, an open-access, open-source network serving more than 37,000 scholars and practitioners across the humanities and around the world, and she is author of several books, including Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019) and Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (NYU Press, 2011). She is president of the board of directors of the Educopia Institute, and she is past president of the Association for Computers and the Humanities.

Presenting on:

The Web That Is

Rajiv Jhangiani

Vice Provost, Teaching & Learning and Associate Professor
Educational Studies & Psychology, Brock University

The architect of Canada’s first zero textbook cost degree programs, Rajiv’s scholarship focuses on open educational practices, student-centered pedagogies, and ethical approaches to educational technology. An award-winning educator, Rajiv has served as an Ambassador for the Global Advocacy of Open Educational Resources with the International Council for Open and Distance Education, a Senior Open Education Research & Advocacy Fellow with BCcampus, an Ambassador for the Centre for Open Science, and a Faculty Workshop Facilitator for the Open Education Network, and in 2023 is serving as a Visiting Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Trent University. A co-author of three open textbooks in Psychology, his books include Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science  and Open at the Margins: Critical Perspectives on Open Education. Together with Dr. Robin DeRosa, he is a co-founder of the Open Pedagogy Notebook. You can find him online @rajiv@scholar.social or thatpsychprof.com

Presenting on:

The Web That Will Be

Bryan Alexander

Senior scholar, Georgetown University

Bryan Alexander is an award–winning, internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of higher education’s future.  His research appears through many articles, the weekly Future Trends Forum video program, Georgetown University seminars, consulting and speaking engagements, and a series of books, including Academia Next and Universities on Fire.  Previously, after achieving a PhD in English language and literature from the University of Michigan in 1997 he has been a literature professor and a research lead for an educational nonprofit.

Virtual Presentation, July Recap:

The Web That Was

Olia Lialina

net artist
Professor, Merz Akademie, Stuttgart

Olia Lialina is among the best-known participants in the 1990s net.art scene – an early-days, network-based art pioneer. Her early work had a great impact on recognizing the Internet as a medium for artistic expression and storytelling. This century her continuous and close attention to Internet architecture, “net.language” and vernacular web has made her an important voice in contemporary art and new media theory. Lialina is credited with founding one of the earliest web galleries, Art Teleportacia. She is cofounder and keeper of One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age archive and a professor at Merz Akademie in Stuttgart, Germany, and a GIF model.