Media Studies Professor to Lecture, Give Workshop

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, director of scholarly communication, Modern Language Association, and professor of media studies at Pomona College, will visit campus on Thursday, April 5, for two events: A lecture, “Peer Review, Open Scholarship, and the Digital Humanities,” at noon, in the Taylor Science Center Kennedy Auditorium, and a workshop at 4:10 p.m., in Kirner-Johnson Building, room 101. Both are free and open to the public.


Fitzpatrick’s lecture will examine peer review as a contemporary phenomenon in scholarly publishing. As scholarly publishing becomes increasingly digitalized, peer review is gradually losing salience. Fitzpatrick’s lecture will discuss past and present criticism of peer review as a means of speculating about its future role in academia.


Fitzpatrick is the author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy and Anxiety and Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television.  She is co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons, and has published scholarly articles in publications such as Journal of Electronic Publishing, PMLA, Contemporary Literature, and Cinema Journal.


Fitzpatrick’s visit is co-sponsored by the Dean of Faculty and the Digital Humanities Initiative.

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