Please join the HDSI for a discussion between Professors Jill Lepore and Fran Berman about Jill's new book If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future. Before attending the webinar it may be helpful to read this piece by Jill as it will inform the discussion:
Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and is also a staff writer at The New Yorker. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, her many books include the international bestseller These Truths and This America.
Francine Berman is a data scientist whose work focuses on the human side of technology and its impacts and risks. She is the first woman to run a National Science Foundation Supercomputer Center and co-founded the Research Data Alliance to build global data infrastructure. Berman is the Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She was appointed by President Obama to the citizen Council for the National Endowment for the Humanities, is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and spent 2019-2020 as the Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Berman is recipient of the ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award for "influential leadership in the design, development, and deployment of national-scale cyberinfrastructure", and the Paul Evan Peters Award which "recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of network-based information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity", sponsored by the Association for Research Libraries, EDUCAUSE and the Coalition for Networked Information. She was designated a “Digital Preservation Pioneer” by the Library of Congress.