3.442 BIOGRAFY 23 (866)
Willard McCarty (MCCARTY@VM.EPAS.UTORONTO.CA)
Wed, 6 Sep 89 23:05:59 EDT
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 442. Wednesday, 6 Sep 1989.
Autobiographies of Humanists
Following are 22 additional entries to the collection of
autobiographical statements by members of the Humanist discussion
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Centre for Computing in the Humanities, Univ. of Toronto
6 September 1989
*Hatfield, Len <LLH123@VTVM2>
I teach 19th and 20th century English Literature, critical
theory, and speculative fiction at Virginia Tech.
Phd. at Indiana University (Bloomington) on patterns of
rhetorical authority in texts, including volumes of poetry by
Robert Browning and Yeats, a Poundian Canto, and a section of
Barth's LOST IN THE FUNHOUSE. Presently working on a book about
didacticism, authority, and textual power in 20th-century
speculative fiction called (tentatively) POWER/ KNOWLEDGE IN SF;
as well as a monograph on the sf of Greg Bear; essays on Le Guin,
John Barth, Yeats, and so forth.
*Hawke, (Mr) Andrew
INSTITUTION: Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru (University of Wales
of the Welsh Language)
DEPARTMENT: Board of Celtic Studies, University of Wales
TITLE: Assitant Editor
EMAIL: ACH@UK.AC.ABERYSTWYTH.V on Janet (or via
PHONE: UK CODE + 970 623816 ext. 264
ADDRESS: National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Dyfed
POSTAL CODE: SY23 3BU
COUNTRY: Wales, UK
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH (ca. 100-500 words)
1975-80 B.A. in Welsh Language and Literature (1st class hons.)
at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.
1980-83 Research towards an historical dictionary of Cornish
using an archive of computer-readable Cornish texts (the number
of surviving texts from the pre-1800 period is such that it will
be possible to include them all in the database. This is a long-
term project which I am unfortunately not able to devote as much
time to as I would wish.
1983- Appointed as Assistant Editor on Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru
(the historical Welsh dictionary project of the University of
Wales Board of Celtic Studies, which has been in progress since
1920). It corresponds roughly to the OED in scope, although very
few citations are supplied for the 19th. and 20th. centuries,
and, by necessity, much use has to be made of unedited manuscript
sources. 40 parts (a - naf) have been published so far, the last
4 of which have been typeset directly from the dictionary
database. Our hardware is fairly basic and comprises two non-IBM
compatible '286 machines which are used for data entry, and a
'386 AT-compatible with a 300M disc which is used for
programming, typesetting and text retrieval. We use the
typesetting facilities at Oxford University Computing Service via
JANET and the computing centre of the local university college.
1985-8 spent developing and implementing a computerized
typesetting system for the dictionary, including various
lexicographical aids, such as bibliographical verification, date
checking, etc. The use of this system has reduced the
dictionary's typesetting costs by over 95%, and has resulted in
greater consistency in the published work. It has also expedited
bibliographic verification (each published citation has to be
checked against the original source) by providing sorted lists of
shelf marks for the checkers.
I have been Chairman of the Celtic Texts Specialist Group of the
Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing for about 10
years, and I was invited to compile the Celtic languages section
of the Humanities Computing Yearbook (2nd. vol.).
My interests include computational aids for lexicography,
computer typesetting software, text retrieval software, textual
databases, encoding schemes, and C programming techniques (under
MS-DOS and UNIX). I am particularly interested in problems
concerned with processing texts in the Celtic languages (Welsh,
Breton, Cornish, Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx), and I would
welcome any details of computer-readable Celtic texts.
*Hesla, David H. <ILADHH@emuvm1>
I am an associate professor in the Graduate Institute of the
Liberal Arts (the ILA) at Emory University. I'm a literary
critic, with a certain acqiaintance with the history of ideas.
I've written on Samuel Beckett, Wallace Stevens, the theory of
tragedy, literary theory and criticism.
*Howson, Charna K
INSTITUTION: Indiana State Unoversity, Office of Research,
EMAIL: GRDCKT at INDST, 812/237-3088, Room 121 Alumni Center,
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809, USA
In my capacity as Writer/Research Assistant for the Office of
Research within the School of Graduate Studies at Indiana State
University, I assist facutly and staff who are seeking external
support for their research and creative projects. This
assistance usually includes some editorial support and
occasionally assistance with the actual proposal draft. In
addition, occasional assistance is provided with drafts, edits,
or revisions of journal articles.
I hold a batchelor's degree in English Education and am
completing a Master's degree in English also. Courses taught as
a graduate assistant at Indiana State University include
Composition, Basic Composition, and English as a Second Language.
I currently teach general education courses one night each week
at a local vocational college also; these courses include
composition, business communications, human relations, and
technical reporting. I am also a contributor to the MHRA Annual
As you can see, the study and use of the English language is
quite important to me. I look forward to joining your
INSTITUTION: UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
EMAIL: INWOOD AT UTOREPAS
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH (ca. 100-500 words)
Classicist with interests in ancient philosophy; computer
interests mostly in wp and text retrieval, i.e. computer support
for traditional research methods rather than new and
intrinsically computer-dependent research. IBM-standard hardware
is my preference. Strong enthusiasm for word processing in
ancient greek, though I have always questioned how often Greek
characters are needed i normal scholarly wp. Original
Academicfont user, now going slowly over to Nota Bene. use TACT
and WORDCRUNCHER on text bases extracted from TLG (Thesaurus
Linguae Graecae) corpus. strong interest in accessing TLG under
INSTITUTION: Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Dsseldorf
DEPARTMENT: of Information science / Institute of Philosophy
PHONE: 49 211 3114318 (Uni) // 49 211 750891 (home)
ADDRESS: Otto-Hahn-Str. 131 Dsseldorf 13
POSTAL CODE: D 4000
COUNTRY: West Germany
EMAIL: Modelpi at BUCLLN81
PHONE: 32 2 6534486
ADDRESS: 21 rue des combattants La Hulpe
POSTAL CODE: B 1310
INSTITUTION: University of California, San Diego
DEPARTMENT: Reference and Research Services Department
TITLE: Bibliographer/Reference Librarian
EMAIL: EKANTER@UCSD.EDU or .BITNET
ADDRESS: Central Library Reference Department
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California
POSTAL CODE: 92093
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH (ca. 100-500 words)
I am a Reference Librarian and Bibliographer, with responsibity
for selecting library materials, and providing consultations for
library research, in Judaic Studies, Communication, and African
History. In the past I have also been Bibliographer for
Classical and Religious studies.
I also coordinate computer assisted reference services in the
social sciences and humanities. These services include both
online literature searches performed by librarians; and journal
abstract and index databases mounted on computer workstations
that can be used directly by students and scholars (mostly CD-
I am also currently chair of the advisory group on user services
for the state-wide University of California MELVYL Online Library
Catalog. In that area we are not only bringing into computer-
readable form an increasing proportion of the collective holdings
of the University of California. We are also exploring ways to
provide gateways to online catalogs of research libraries
throughout the Internet, and to make journal databases available
through the same interface as the online catalog.
Finally, I am very interested in following the discourse in
HUMANIST as window on the evolution of electronic alternatives to
the traditional tools of scholarship. My concerns here are to
view emerging issues of new media of communication, and to be
prepared for new areas where libraries can be of service to
research in the humanities.
*Kulas, Jack <KULAS@IDCSVAX>
Department of Computer Science, Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83843
I'm an Asst. Prof. of Computer Science here at the Univ. of
Idaho, with interests in Computational Linguistics and Artificial
Intelligence. My Ph.D. is in Philosophy, and I have strong
interests in the prospects and limitations of computers.
I would be interested in joining the discussion group to keep my
ties to the humanities alive.
*Langley, Dr Frederick <F.Langley@UK.AC.HULL>
Lecturer in French, Department of French, and Computers in
Teaching Initiative, Centre for Modern Languages, University of
PHONE: 0482 465206
ADDRESS: Department of French
University of Hull
POSTAL CODE: HU6 7RX
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Born 8 March 1938. Higher education at
King's College, Univerity of Durham (BA 1960), Magdalen College,
Oxford (DPhil 1968). Lecturer in French, University of Hull since
October 1962 (special interest: mediaeval French language and
My interest in computing is fairly recent, from about 1984. Since
that time I have been engaged in the compilation of an Old French
- English Dictionary, using a PC and the University's ICL
mainframe. I have a general interest in computerized lexicology
and in scientifically valid applications of statistics to
literary and linguistic computing (I read a paper on SPSS as a
lexicographical tool at the Toronto ALLC conference in June
RANK: Assistant Professor
DEPARTMENT: Division of Humanities
INSTITUTION: York University
MAILING ADDRESS: 217 Winters College, York University,
4700 Keele Street, Downsview, Ontario, Canada
TELEPHONE: (416) 736-5158/-2100, ext. 7021
Ph.D., 1986, U. of St. Michael's College, Toronto. Graduate work
at McMaster, Hebrew University, and Tuebingen. Research areas:
Judaism and early Christianity/New Testament. Projects: book on
Flavius Josephus and the Pharisees in press with Brill; just
completed "Paul's Chameleon Principle: his portrayals of Judaism
for Gentile and Jewish Readers"; forth- coming, with Thomas A.
Robinson of U. of Lethbridge: An Early Christian Reader (Canadian
Scholars Press, 1990 -- a college text of primary sources); for
1990 Learneds preparing "Philo- sophia as a Group-Designation in
Ancient Paganism, Judaism, and Christianity".
Teaching: 2 years at Memorial U. of Nfld; beginning now 2-year
appointment at York.
Especially interested to hear from students of Josephus.
INSTITUTION: University of Nottingham
TITLE: Professor of Music
PHONE: (0602) 484848, ext.2052 or 2097 (Office)
(06077) 4252 (Home)
ADDRESS: Department of Music
University of Nottingham
POSTAL CODE: NG7 2RD
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
John Morehen received his undergraduate training in Music at
Oxford University, and subsequently pursued Doctoral studies at
Cambridge University. After a short period on the staff of The
American University in Washington DC he returned to England,
where he became Sub-Organist at St. George's Chapel, Windsor
Castle. He was appointed to the staff of the Music Department at
Nottingham University in 1973, becoming Senior Lecturer in 1982
and Professor of Music in 1989. He has published many articles
concerning computer-aided music analysis and music printing, and
has addressed international conferences on these subjects in
Canada, the USA, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
He interests in music analysis are chiefly concerned with
polyphonic music of the sixteenth century.
*Murphree, Wallace A. <WAMURPHR@MSSTATE>
P.O. Box JS, Mississippi State, MS 39762, (601) 325-2382
I am an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and
Religion at Mississippi State University where I teach the
standard slate of undergraduate courses in philosophy. My
primary areas of interest are philosophy of religion (especially
the problem of evil) and process philosophy; however, recently I
have been working on a project in "numerical," categorical logic
that, if successful, would subsume Aristotelian logic as one of
its instances. (Doesn't everyone at some time or other feel the
need to re-invent the syllogism?)
*Noffsinger, John <BAILEYE@VTVM1>
North Cross School, 4254 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia,
My colleagues and I are jointly engaged in teaching a Humanities
elective to high school seniors. This class is organizeed
chronologically (Greece through post-Modernism), and we have a
commitment to cross-disciplinary approaches. My own training is
in English literature (dissertation on the early novels of
Since the end of my formal academic study I've developed an
interest in religious themes in literature and would like through
this exchange to explore such issues. I'm working on a project
this year involving a study of sacred themes in literature, with
an emphasis on Homer, Dante, and T. S. Eliot. My colleagues and
friends in the Humanites class are Ann Fishwick, who teaches
religion, and Shirley Johnson, who teaches art. We're all
interested in breaking down traditional academic barriers and are
striving to develop self-disciplined students who ask the Big
Questions, who explore the ramifications of their answers, and
who are not afraid to live with the Mystery.
*O'Donnell, James J.
INSTITUTION: University of Pennsylvania
DEPARTMENT: Department of Classical Studies
Philadelphia, Pa. 19104-6305
TITLE: Associate Professor
EMAIL: JODONNEL @ PENNSAS (.UPENN.EDU)
b. Giessen, Ger., 1950, educ. Princeton (BA Classics, 1972), Yale
(PhD Medieval Studies, 1975), taught Bryn Mawr, Catholic U. of
America, Cornell; at Penn since 1981. pub. `Cassiodorus'
(Berkeley, 1979), `Boethius, Consolatio Philosophiae' (Bryn Mawr
Commentaries, 1984), `Augustine' (Boston: Twayne, 1985),
articles in late antique intellectual history, fourth through
sixth centuries. At present completing large-scale commentary on
Augustine's Confessions. Generally interested in late antique
and early medieval history and culture, with attention to
methodological issues concerning the place of such studies in the
post-modern enkyklios paideia (ut ita dicam).
INSTITUTION: Thinking Machines Corporation
DEPARTMENT: Customer Support
TITLE: Applications Engineer
EMAIL: email@example.com (Internet)
ADDRESS: 245 First Street, Cambridge, MA
POSTAL CODE: 02142
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH (ca. 100-500 words)
I work as an Applications Engineer in the Customer Support Group
of Thinking Machines Corporation. I was promoted to candidacy in
the PhD program in Philosophy at Princeton University in 1981.
*Ossar, Michael <ossar@KSUVM>
Professor, Department of Modern Languages, Eisenhower Hall,
University, Manhattan, KS 66506/USA, tel 913-532-6760 (work) &
I teach German literature at Kansas State University.
Previously, I taught at the University of Pennsylvania (as a
teaching fellow), at Swarthmore College (as a visiting lecturer),
at Sweet Briar College, at the University of Freiburg (as a
Lektor), and, last summer semester, at the University of Giessen
(as a visiting professor).
I studied at Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania
(PhD 1973 under Adolf Klarmann), the Freie Universitaet Berlin,
and the University of Freiburg. I also have an M.S. in physics.
My academic interests are: German literature of the Weimar
period, expressionism, Kafka, Canetti, Celan, Broch, Musil, Adolf
Muschg, German literature around the turn of the century
(especially Austrian), Kleist, Goethe, Grillparzer, anarchism,
literature and politics.
Right now I am working on a book on anarchism and the writers of
the Weimar period--an outgrowth of my book on Anarchism in the
Dramas of Ernst Toller. I am increasingly interested by the
psychology of Otto Gross, although I don't know a great deal
about it yet. For some years I have been editor of a journal that
deals with French, Russian, German and Spanish 20th century
literature: Studies in Twentieth Century Literature.
As far a computer babble is concerned, I would be interested in
conversing with people who also use Nota Bene. My wife, Naomi, is
working on a PhD dissertation on William Blake's notions of
physiology and how they appeared in his poetry and art. I have
two sons: Jacob, who is about to start graduate school to study
philosopy and work on David Hume, and Joel, who is starting his
second year at Macalester College.
INSTITUTION: Central Michigan University
TITLE: Assoc. Prof.
EMAIL: BITNET: 3ZLUFUR@CMUVM
PHONE: (517) 774-7111
ADDRESS: Mt. Pleasant, MI
POSTAL CODE: 48859
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH (ca. 100-500 words)
My geographical area of interest is Southeast and East Asia.
Before Central Michigan University, I spent 6 years teaching
photography/photojournalism at Institut Teknoloji Mara in
Malaysia, where I had spent 3 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in
My most recent trip to the area was in 1984, first as a Visiting
Professor in Singapore and then, 1985-6, on a Fulbright
fellowship at the National U. of Malaysia.
In general, I am interested in the mass media of Asia. In
particular, I am currently writing articles on how women are
portrayed in various language newspapers of Malaysia and
Singapore and a descriptive profile of Asian journalists and the
education they have received.
I am also interested in how electronic networks might be used
between Asia and the U. S. to facilitate scholarly discussion as
well as the potential for development information exchange.
*Peterson, Michael <Peterson@ctstateu>
114 Peck Avenue, West Haven, Connecticut USA 06516
I am a senior at Wester Connecticut State University who is
majoring in Music Education. I am very interested in the use of
computers in the field of music including sound wave generation
and manipulation, and composition.
*Pigman, G. W. III <firstname.lastname@example.org> [Internet]
Associate Professor of Literature, California Institute of
Caltech 101-40, Pasadena, CA 91125; 818-356-3601.
My major area of research is Renaissance literature (English,
Neo-Latin, French, Italian). I've been interested in computer
typesetting for a number of years and have set my own book using
troff (_Grief and English Renaissance Elegy_, Cambridge
University Press, 1985) and helped colleagues set theirs.
Currently, I am editing George Gascoigne's _A Hundreth Sundrie
Flowres_ for Oxford University Press (I'm using TeX). I'm
interested in ways in which computers can facilitate editing,
especially producing a critical apparatus and establishing a
database for lexicographical purposes. (I am also the system
administrator for my division's Sun 4/280.)
*Plotkin, Alec David
INSTITUTION: Villanova University
EMAIL: 185422285@VUVAXCOM PHONE: 215-293-0594
ADDRESS: 65 Meadowbrook Rd. Wayne, Pa.
POSTAL CODE: 19087
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH (ca. 100-500 words)
Born 1966 in Philadelphia, Pa. Went to the Hill Top Preparatory
School and graduated in 1985. Went to Wilkes College and majored
in History. Did not like the area so I left. Went to Villanova
University in 1986 and still Going in 1989. A Sr. Liberal Arts
student who hopes to graduate soon. The Humanist list looked
interesting so I subscribed.
*Ponchuk, Arlyss <email@example.com OR
53 Geoffrey St., Toronto, Ont. CANADA M6R 1P2 978-4481 a.m. or
Education: B.A. (Regina); M.A. (Toronto); two years coursework
toward Ph.D. (Toronto). I am presently researching English women
writers 1660--1830, with focus on works which promote social
responsibility as a means to improve soci- ety and to attain
personal happiness (moral philosophy by women). Major authors:
Mary Astell, Sarah Fielding, Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth.
Addi- tional authors: Elizabeth Rowe, Frances Sheridan, Sarah
Scott, Hannah More. I have read works by about 40 authors; I am
seeking the best in the field. To help differentiate authors and
works, I am also compiling portraits of women writers 1660 to
1830--300 portraits of about 50 good writers, to date. I work
part-time at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities and am
using the opportunity to learn computing tools which will
facilitate my research. I appreciate the opportunity to exchange
ideas electronically with other humanities researchers.
INSTITUTION: Amherst College
DEPARTMENT: Mathematics and Computer Science
TITLE: Assistant Professor of Computer Science
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org PHONE: (413) 542-5810
ADDRESS: Box 2239; Dept. of Math and ComSci; Amherst College;
Amherst, MA POSTAL CODE: 01002 COUNTRY: USA
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH (ca. 100-500 words)
Born in New York City, raised in Mineola NY, educated at MIT (SB
Math), The University of Chicago (SM Math) and Northwestern
University (PhD Computer Science), I've been back on the east
coast for one year after an absence of eleven. Currently I'm a
computer science professor at Amherst College. My primary
research interest is in artificial intelligence, more
specifically in natural language processing and in connectionism.
As a prof at a liberal arts college, I find I like interacting
with colleagues in other fields, in seeing what they do with
computers, and sometimes helping them to do things they didn't
know how to do. (e.g. I recently helped a colleague in French
literature develop text analysis software.) In addition to this
interest, I hope the information exchange on Humanist will
inspire me to better, more varied discussions in my liberal arts
computer classes. In preparing for a new course for non-majors
called "Computers and Computing", I've found a new interest in
computer law. Outside of academia, I like violin music, cooking
and eating, and Egyptology, to mention but a few things.
INSTITUTION: TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT: SOCIOLOGY AND THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
TITLE: ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
PHONE: (03) 5459-734
ADDRESS: TEL AVIV
POSTAL CODE: 69978
*Spackman, I. J. (normally known as Ben)
INSTITUTION: The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
DEPARTMENT: Faculty of Arts
JOB TITLE: Course Manager
My background is in English Literature, in which I took a degree
from Oxford. I came to computing while doing quasi-administrative
work here at the Open University. (My job currently divides
between providing support in the production of courses and in
providing new technology support to the Faculty.)
I'm hoping this winter to re-boot some work in stylometry: the
science/art/craft/occult practice which employs statistical
analysis of quantifiable stylistic features of a text in the
determination of its authorship. This interest began while
working full-time with the Faculty's Defoe Research Group (and
producing with W.R. Owens and P.N. Furbank a concordance to
Robinson Crusoe). Daniel Defoe's canon has swelled over the years
until its dimensions have attained some degree of implausibility
and the group has been particularly engaged in the attribution
problem. The case however is a tricky one in which to apply
stylometric methods: notably because in the great majority of
disputed texts it is not a question of whether we should ascribe
this pamphlet to Defoe or to Oldmixon (say), but rather whether
it should be allowed to remain among Defoe's works or be
consigned to the limbo of anonymity. While one /might/ develop a
meaningful profile of Oldmixon's usages, Anon's stylistic habits
must tend to entropy. Arguing the toss between a known author
(who's style may not itself be entirely stable) and a linguistic
chameleon presents further problems.
Enough of reptiles in limbo: I'm an interested agnostic where
stylometry is concerned but eager to try clear some of the issues
up, at least in my own mind.
*Swenson, Melinda M. <MSWENSON@IUBACS>
Indiana University School of Nursing, Assistant Professor, 6310
Viking Ridge Road, Bloomington, Indiana 47408, USA
I am a nurse and teacher of nurses. I was educated at the
University of Michigan (1970), the University of Wisconsin (1975)
and expect to receive the PhD in Educational Psychology from
Indiana University in 1990. My research interests include
gerontology, naturalistic inquiry
(constructivist/interpretivist/humanistic research). I learned
about this research paradigm from Egon Guba, who just retired
from I. I've been influenced by Reason & Rowan's book called
Human Inquiry, by Shulamit Reinharz and Graham Rowles's
Qualitative Gerontology, and by Ulrich Neisser's Memory Observed.
In the field of gerontology, I study long-term autobiographical
memory, cognitive mapping, and the use of photography in research
with the elderly. I graduate nurses how to be adult and
gerontological nurse practitioners (an expanded role for nurses
in which they apply their considerable nursing skill in addition
to performing many tasks thought of as traditionally medical, eg:
physical diagnosis and management of simple acute and stable
*Talen Geisterfer, Leanne <21765LTG@MSU>
Apartado 747-2, Santo Domingo, (809) 565-2649, Dominican Republic
Although my academic preparation has been almost entirely in
education (elementary, bilingual, adult, non-formal), my
professional experiences have broadened my interests more
generally to community development in developing nations. I have
lived in Costa Rica and Spain, and have most recently spent 5
years in the Dominican Republic, as an educational consultant for
a Dominican agency (ALFALIT) working in community development
with an emphasis on education.
Working with oppressed people (both Dominican and Haitian migrant
labourers), has caused me to focus my attention on the social
impact of different educational methods within the community
setting. Several villages in the programme are attempting the
implementation of versions of "transforming pedagogy" as proposed
by Paulo Freire. I would be very interested in hearing from
anyone else who has been working on similar projects.
My work with Haitian labourers keeps me involved in human rights
issues. Many of the Haitians are in the DR illegally and,
fearing deportation, cannot denounce the mistreatment they
I am looking for ways to make contact with interested parties in
the Dominican Republic, as well as anyone else who focuses in on
the Caribbean and Latin America. I'm also interested in reading
about what's on the minds of other humanists; perhaps a change of
focus is in my future...
*TeBrake, William H.
INSTITUTION: University of Maine
DEPARTMENT: Department of History
TITLE: Associate Professor
PHONE: (207) 581-1907
ADDRESS: 170 Stevens Hall, Orono, Maine
POSTAL CODE: 04469
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH (ca. 100-500 words)
Though I received a Ph.D. in History from the Unviversity of
Texas at Austin, 1975, my first university-level teaching was in
Geography (Boston University, 1974-1975; University of Guelph,
Ontario, 1975-1977). Since coming to Maine in 1977, I have been
responsible for teaching Western Civilization, Medieval History
at various levels and under several guises, and Environmental
History. My first book, MEDIEVAL FRONTIER: CULTURE AND ECOLOGY IN
RIJNLAND, was published by Texas A & M University Press in 1985.
I hope to complete a book manuscript on the Peasant Revolt of
Maritime Flanders, 1323-1328 by early 1990. I have been using
computers for research and writing since I acquired an Osborne 1
in 1983; several years ago I moved over to IBM-compatibles.
*Tetreault, Ronald <TETRO@DALAC>
Dept. of English, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3L
1M5 Canada; 902-424-3384
Ronald Tetreault is Associate Professor of English at Dalhousie
University. He teaches and does research in the literature of
the Romantic era and in literary theory. He directs the computer
lab in the Department of English, used primarily by students for
word-processing and electronic communications.
*Vanderbeek, Kraig <KVANDERBEEK@UNLVAX1>
Computer Consultant, Humanities Research Facility, University of
Nebraska - Lincoln
I assist Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff members, in the
department of Humanities, with all aspects of computing on
Micros, Mainframes, as well as the Kurzweil Optical Scanner.
I am an undergraduate studying Computer Science and Architecture,
specializing in Micro Computers. I am familiar with both IBM and
*Webster, Sarah (a.k.a Sally) P. <ACDSPW@SUVM>
Syracuse University, Academic Computing, Services, Assistant
Director for Instructional Computing; 120 Hinds Hall, Syracuse NY
13244-1190, USA; (315) 443-3807
I began my academic life as a philosophy major at the University
of South Carolina. When I transferred to Duke University, I
decided to major in mathematics. My BA and MA degrees are both
in mathematics. For the next 20 years, I edited scientific
papers, books, and NSF grant requests, wrote a novel which was
rejected by 15 publishers, and worked as a "disk jockey" in a
classical music radio station (for which I also helped raise
money for many years).
Ten years ago, I joined Academic Computing at Syracuse University
as head of the technical publications unit and am now an
Assistant Director. In the past five or six years, I have been a
user consultant for faculty, students, and staff using electronic
mail over national networks. I have also managed as many as 60
undergraduate students who worked as first-line consultants and 6
Incidents of bad manners and illegal and unethical behavior with
respect to computing and computing practices had accreted so much
by last year that I began to ask the questions "After we make
rules and have policies to deal with specific infractions, what
responsibility do we (the institution) have to put these matters
into a larger ethical context? Aren't such discussions part of a
liberal education? Can we possibly leave out professional
schools, such as management, public communications, and law (law
students are some of the most persistent offenders!)? What about
acts which are not proscribed but which many reasonable men and
women would say are anti-social? How do we reconcile the impulse
towards academic freedom and inquiry with the rights of others
who are affected by anti-social and unethical computer acts?"
I am convinced that none of these questions is new: only the
technology is new. In addition to providing equipment and
software, training and information, we are obliged, in my
opinion, to ground the use of this information technology in once
well-understood value systems. I say "once well-understood"
because I have had disturbing conversations with grown ups who
believe that if a piece of software is too expensive (by their
definition), it is OK to steal it.
To raise awareness of ethical and social issues surrounding the
use of information technology, some of us at Syracuse (not all
from Computing Services) have been taking a computer ethics
workshop around to small groups. In addition, I am co-chairing a
workshop on ethical and social issues and how institutions of
higher education can address them at a national conference of
computing user services professionals (SIGUCCS, Bethesda, Oct 1-
4). Furthermore, I have been asked to write about this topic for
the CAUSE/EFFECT quarterly and to moderate a session about it at
the CAUSE conference in late November in San Diego. In the
meantime, I continue to discuss these issues with network users
at Syracuse who misuse resources, harass other users, or break
into other users' accounts. I am struck by the number of
students who tell me that nobody else talks to them about right
My colleagues who are already on HUMANIST, knowing of my
interests and activities, forward to me HUMANIST mail dealing
with these issues. It occurred to me that I should join HUMANIST
myself, particularly as I am likely to be concerned with the
issues that HUMANIST members discuss.
*Weston, E. Paige <U50343@UICVM>
Assistant Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor, University
Library, University of Illinois at Chicago, P. O. Box 8198,
Chicago, IL 60680, USA; (312) 413-3045.
I consider it the reference librarian's responsibility to make
the emerging bibliographic technologies both accessible and
acceptable to established scholars. I'm a humanist by training.
I'm particularly interested in hypertext applications. Some day
I hope to establish an Institute for the Study of Hypertext, and
maybe be its systems librarian. It's a little peculiar writing
this, having no idea for whom I'm writing.
*Wytek, Rudolf <Z00WYR01@AWIUNI11>
Academic Computer Consultant, University of Vienna, Computer
Center, Universitaetsstrasse 7 (NIG), A-1010 Wien, Austria,
Europe; telephone: 043/222/436111/16
I am now 43 years old and since 1971 firmly established as
consultant and lecturer at our computer center mainly in the
fields of data analysis, statistics and FORTRAN-type languages.
>From my education I am an old humanist and so it is natural that
humanities-people feel more at ease with me than with technicians
not knowing the simplest terms of the old sciences. Our
institutes for historical and linguistic studies are very active
and expanding their usage of EDP and so I think Humanist would be
a great help to me. My university education is mathematical
psychology and clinical psychology, I did some years of
egyptology and my interests are of rather wide extent perhaps
sometimes not so deep as they should be.
Yerkey, Neil <LISYERKE@UBVM>
Associate Professor, School of Information and Library Studies,
SUNY at Buffalo, NY 14260; 716-636-3069
Education: BA University of Akron (Ohio), Speech Communication
MSLS Western Reserve University (Cleveland), Library Science Ph.D
Kent State University, Interpersonal and Organizational
Communication/Computer Science Research.
Interests center on the communicative aspects of library and
information science, including development of people-oriented
computer systems for storage and retrieval of information.
Particular interest in scatter and overlap of topics (aging,
education, library science) across machine readable databases in
an attempt to develop effective retrieval methods of
interdisciplinary subjects. Teach courses in information
processing, indexing and abstracting, microcomputer data
management (mostly dBASE), computerized bibliographic retrieval
and services, and systems analysis.