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Colloquia

In past years, the Center for Electronic and Digital Publishing has acted as a sponsor for two annual colloquia at Clemson University: the Presidential Colloquium and the Colloquium on New Technology.

About the Presidential Colloquium

View archived content from the Presidential Colloquia that were held in the 2000-2001, 2002-2003, and 2004-2005 academic years—all available here.

Since the 2002-2003 academic year, the Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics has organized the university's annual Presidential Colloquium. Please visit the Rutland Institute's website for more information about recent Presidential Colloquia.

The aim of the Presidential Colloquium is to provide opportunities for Clemson University students and faculty, as well as members of the community to come together to explore important issues. The colloquium comprises various events spread over the academic year, e.g., speakers, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and films. In every case the event is linked to the colloquium theme, which is selected with an eye to its integration "across the curriculum."
From the beginning, the theme of the colloquium has been a central focus in English Composition classes. However, the link to course work is not confined to English classes. Faculty across campus are encouraged to make the most of it in preparing syllabi for the upcoming academic year. In 2001, for example, the theme was "Science and Values: New Frontiers, Perennial Questions." The subject of human cloning, which was addressed by one of the major speakers, was explored in many classes in the life sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Students who participated in the First Annual J.T. Barton Jr., Ethics Essay Scholarship Competition also explored [this theme] (The competition is sponsored by the Rutland Center for Ethics). Linking the colloquium and the ethics essay competition turned out to be a very good thing. Accordingly, we continue to link them.
[For the 2004-05 academic year], Clemson initiated a summer reading program for incoming freshmen. This program is linked to the Presidential Colloquium. As a result of this linkage, the first event of the colloquium is a talk by the author of the book the freshmen have read over the summer. Students [then] participate in small group discussions after the talk. Volunteer faculty and staff facilitate the discussions. Students submit the writing assignment they completed over the summer in these small group sessions. The talk and the discussion sessions take place the day before classes begin.

--(From the website of Dan Wueste, Director, Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics, and one of the Colloquium Coordinators)

About the Colloquium on New Technology

Related: Celebrating the Digital Press at Clemson University

(2001-2005) Idiomatically referred to as "Tech Colloquium" for economy, CEDP has sponsored or co-sponsored a quasi-annual series of two-day forums to address issues associated with the mission of Clemson University Digital Press as a "publishing house for the twenty-first century." The themes and activities of these colloquia have a direct bearing on one of the stated interests of the press according to its charter, which is to disseminate knowledge "on new and developing technologies, producing a self-reflexive focus on the practice, issues, and problems of publishing scholarship on the WWW…[to] draw attention to the distinctiveness and creativity of our publication program." As a result of this objective for the Tech Colloquia, each iteration has had its own theme--for example,

New Technology and the Future of Publishing cover imageThe papers from the first of these events was edited by Catherine Paul in a hypermedia proceedings entitled New Technology and the Future of Publishing (2002); selections from the second and third were published in print and online editions as Literature and Digital Technologies: W. B. Yeats, Virginia Woolf, Mary Shelley, and William Gass (ed. Karen Schiff, 2003). Thus, the series as a whole is represented here as a conjunction of "archived events," bridging both the CUP and CEDP sections of our Web site.