OCTOBER 10, 2017



Featured Speakers

Kyle K. Courtney, a lawyer and librarian, serves as Copyright Advisor for Harvard University, in the Office for Scholarly Communication. He works closely with the Harvard community to establish a culture of shared understanding of copyright. His work at Harvard also includes a role as the information policy advisor for HarvardX/edX online courses. His “Copyright First Responders” initiative was profiled in Library Journal, and he was named a National Academic Library Mover & Shaker in 2015. In 2016 he won a Knight Foundation Grant to develop technology for crowdsourcing copyright and fair use assessments. He continues to teach first year legal research through Harvard Law School's Legal Research & Writing Program. He is a published author and nationally recognized speaker on the topic of copyright, technology, libraries, and the law.


Tona Hangen, Associate Professor of History at Worcester State University. A prize-winning teacher and committed public scholar, she has particular interests in history pedagogy, digital literacy, and writing and has spoken frequently on pedagogical topics. Her research interests include 19th and 20th-century U.S. History, the intersections of culture with religion and media, social and cultural history, intellectual history, women’s history, and religious studies.  Her book Redeeming the Dial: Radio, Religion and Popular Culture in America (UNC Press, 2002) was named one of the “Dozen Best” books on the History of Media and Religion by American Journalism in Fall 2006, and also won the 2003 North East Popular Culture Association Book Prize. 


Roopika Risam, Assistant Professor of English and Secondary English Education, Salem State University. Dr. Risam's research examines intersections between postcolonial, African American, and US ethnic studies, and the role of digital humanities in mediating between them. Her monograph Postcolonial Digital Humanities is under contract with Northwestern UP, and she is also working on a manuscript that positions W.E.B. Du Bois as a progenitor for postcolonial studies through renewed attention to his literary work.

Her digital scholarship includes The Harlem Shadows Project, on producing usable critical editions of public domain texts; Postcolonial Digital Humanities, an online community dedicated to global explorations of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability within cultures of technology; and EdConteXts, an international network of educators.