HASTAC 2017 Plenary Sessions


HASTAC 2017 will have two plenary sessions.

Friday Plenary Session

The Friday plenary will be a panel of scholars.


Purdom Lindblad is the Assistant Director of Innovation and Learning at MITH. She will coordinate MITH’s growing portfolio of courses and instructional programs, including DH Incubators oriented around the Synergies Among Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture project. Purdom has an MA in American Studies from Michigan State University and an MS in Information Science from the School of Information, University of Michigan.  Recent publications include Praxis, a keyword in the MLA Commons Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments written with Bethany Nowviskie and Jeremy Boggs as well as a forthcoming chapter in Making Humanities Matter, edited by Jentery Sayers.

Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and faculty associate with Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her research on higher education, work and technological change in the new economy has been supported by the Microsoft Research Network’s Social Media Collective, The Kresge Foundation, the American Educational Research Association and the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research.

T-Kay Sangwand is a Certified Archivist who has worked extensively on preservation partnerships with non-governmental organizations in U.S., Latin America, Asia, and Africa. She is currently a Librarian for UCLA’s Digital Library Program and was previously the Archivist for the Human Rights Documentation Initiative and Librarian for Brazilian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a MLIS and MA in Latin American Studies from UCLA. In 2015 Library Journal named T-Kay a Mover and Shaker in the Advocate category.


Anastasia Salter is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at the University of Central Florida. She is the author of Jane Jensen: Gabriel Knight, Adventure Games, Hidden Objects (Bloomsbury 2017) and What is Your Quest? From Adventure Games to Interactive Books (University of Iowa Press 2014), and co-author of Flash: Building the Interactive Web (MIT Press 2014). She is a member of the Electronic Literature Organization Board of Directors.

Saturday Plenary Session

The Saturday plenary will be HASTAC’s own Cathy Davidson.

Cathy N. Davidson is a leading innovator of new ideas and methods for learning and professional development–in school, in the workplace, and in everyday life. She has taught at a range of institutions, from community college to the Ivy League.  For twenty-five years, she was at Duke University where she held Distinguished Chairs and was also Duke’s (and the nation’s) first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, charged with innovation across all the divisions and silos of the University.  In 2014, Davidson moved to the City University of New York where, she is founding director of The Futures Initiative and a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center where she helps to train the next generation of intellectual and educational leaders, with an emphasis on innovation and equity. Her forthcoming book is The New Education:  How We Can Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux (Basic Books, September 2017).