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Author: Ken Dvorak
Title: An Overview: "History Tools for the 21st Century," annual conference of the American Association for History and Computing. April 13-15, 2000, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
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August 2000
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Source: An Overview: "History Tools for the 21st Century," annual conference of the American Association for History and Computing. April 13-15, 2000, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Ken Dvorak


vol. 3, no. 2, August 2000
Article Type: Notice of Conference and Events
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.3310410.0003.214

An Overview: "History Tools for the 21st Century," annual conference of the American Association for History and Computing. April 13-15, 2000, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

By Ken Dvorak, Secretary/Treasurer, AAHC

Baylor University was the scene for this year's annual conference of the American Association for History and Computing. Hosted by AAHC President, Dr. Jere Jackson, of Stephen F. Austin State University the conference attracted participants from throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. The tone of the conference was established on its opening day as participants attended panels that discussed themes such as "Teaching History at a Wired University" and "Teaching Western Civilization II Using an Online Text: The Exhilaration and Difficulties of Letting Go of Print Instructional Materials." A plenary session titled "History's Digital Compass: Charting the Future" attracted a large an enthusiastic response from the conference participants as new strategies for the study of history through adaptive uses of technology were discussed. Keynote speaker, Dr. Harlan Cleveland, President of the World Academy of Art and Science, presented a powerful speech tracing the evolution of technology on world communities. His purpose was to point out the growing gulf between advanced societies of the West to those in underdeveloped or developing societies and the need for a rationale plan for sharing the information age to all global citizens.

Conference participants enjoyed a number of activities including a dinner at Baylor Universities Harrington House Faculty Center; a Texas style BBQ sponsored by Digital Learning Group held at the Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village; and nightly gatherings held at the conference hotel. However, the success of this conference goes to its organizer, Dr. Jere Jackson, who spent long hours with his staff in putting together this wonderful event.

Capitalizing on the energy at our Texas conference plans were immediately put in motion planning our 2001 conference scheduled for Indianapolis, Indiana, February 1-3, 2001. The theme for the 2001 conference is " Moving Clio into the New Millennium: Interaction, Visualization, Digitization, and Collaboration" and we invite all history practitioners, developers of history related software, graduate and undergraduate students to participate.

Check our 2001-conference web site at: http://www.theaahc.org/annual.htm for further details.