[globaloutlookDH-l] Suggestions for Keynote Speakers for future ADHO conferences (REMINDER)

John Unsworth unsworth at brandeis.edu
Mon May 20 20:48:45 MDT 2013

If puerto rico is in bounds, here's one, a university of illinois/gslis alum at Turabo:



On May 20, 2013, at 8:12 PM, Daniel O'Donnell <daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca> wrote:

> Hi all,
> A repeat this call for suggestions for potential keynote speakers. To recap: for a variety of reasons, Keynote speakers at DH conferences in the past have tended to come from High Income Economies. As part of a general interest in emphasising and benefitting from the diversity of our global community, we are looking to make sure that we are not overlooking names of potential speakers from Mid and Low Income Economies as well.
> If you have suggestions for names we could put on our list for consideration, I'd be very greatly if you would contact me at daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca (out of consideration to all, it is probably better that this be done privately rather than publicly on the list). I will then pass this list on, initially, at least, to the organising committee for DH 2014.
> I would like to pass this list on to the committee no later than Monday May 27, 2013 (i.e. next Monday).
> I should stress that this is not a nomination list intended specifically for DH2014: the point is rather to begin collecting names that programme committees can use when putting together this and future programmes.
> Thanks very much!
> -dan
> P.S. It has been pointed out to me that when I first published this call, I was a little vague about who was involved in the collection and who was doing the asking. This initiative is being conducted specifically on the request of the DH2014 committee, but it has been discussed at the ADHO Steering Committee and with the ADHO chair. The list is bing put together by me in conjunction with some other members of the DH2014 committee. And the list is non-binding: all we are seeking to do is ensure that we are not overlooking potential candidates due to inadequacies in our collegial networks; it is a premise of Global Outlook DH that bridging such inadequacies is both necessary and a Good Thing. This request is being issued in that spirit!
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject:	Suggestions for Keynote Speakers for future ADHO conferences
> Date:	Mon, 06 May 2013 13:11:46 -0600
> From:	Daniel O'Donnell <daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca>
> Reply-To:	daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca
> To:	A list for participants in the ADHO DH Global Outlook Community <globaloutlookdh-l at uleth.ca>
> Hi,
> Several of us been asked by ADHO to look into putting together a list of 
> potential keynote speakers for the DH conferences over the next few 
> years (i.e. beginning with 2014 in Switzerland, but continuing beyond 
> that as well).
> A review of past speakers suggests that our pool, like ADHO's 
> membership, has tended to come from High Income Economies. In keeping 
> with our emphasis on expanding our definition of DH to include the 
> majority of the earth's peoples, we'd also like to make sure that our 
> list of names for future conferences is more inclusive.
> If you have suggestions for names we could put on our list for 
> consideration for future years, I would greatly appreciate you 
> contacting me at daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca! I believe, out of 
> consideration to the people proposed, that it is better to supply these 
> names privately rather than discuss names in public on the list. I 
> should stress, moreover, that this is a general list that could be used 
> for several years, and not a request for a specific speaker for a 
> specific event.
> The main requirements for a Keynote Speaker is that they are good 
> speakers, interesting, and, usually, experienced. Keynote lectures are 
> usually about 60 minutes long and the best often provide the kind of 
> synthesis and insight that come with experience and personal success.
> As far as I am aware, all keynote lectures at DH thus far have been in 
> English. Multilingual and multicultural matters are a priority concern 
> at ADHO at the moment, however, and I could see future organising 
> committees being encouraged (and wanting) to ensure that facility in 
> English is not a minimal requirement. And even if they don't (and I 
> certainly don't speak for them), I think it does no harm to draw 
> attention to top talent worldwide regardless of language.
> Once again, if you do have some suggestions, please email me directly at 
> daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca. It would be very helpful if you could supply 
> some very brief background information on your suggestions and any 
> useful websites, etc.
> Please feel free to write to me in languages other than English if that 
> is more comfortable for you: I can read a number of European ones, pick 
> at others, and, unless your message is very confidential, call on 
> friends to help me read ones I really can't access.
> -dan
> -- 
> ---
> Daniel Paul O'Donnell
> Professor of English
> University of Lethbridge
> Lethbridge AB T1K 3M4
> Canada
> +1 403 393-2539
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