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The following Speaker Series events, made possible by a generous donation from Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel, are scheduled for October in the ATLAS Cofrin Auditorium:

How has technology changed writing and literature?
Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, a professor of English at the University of Maryland and director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, will draw from his book, "Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing." How has the word processor changed the history and culture of authorship? How has technology changed the relationship of writers to their craft? The talk will explore questions of technology, research, content and writing at the intersection of literary and technological history. This event is a collaboration between the ATLAS Institute, CU's Department of English, The ICJMT (Information, Communication, Journalism, Media and Technology) Initiative, University Libraries ScriptaLab and Friends of the Libraries.
4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1

Help! My avatar was robbed!
Greg Lastowka, a professor at Rutgers University Law School and author of "Virtual Justice: The New Laws of Online Worlds," will discuss how real-world laws are being adapted to virtual worlds. As billions of dollars are exchanged in virtual worlds like Second Life and World of Warcraft, criminals are defrauding online communities. And as avatars lose virtual property to wrongdoers, people feel cheated and increasingly seek legal remedies. But what law assists people when their avatars are robbed? Lastowka will discuss how governments respond to cyberspace chaos and explore the laws of property, crime and copyright in virtual worlds.
4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8

The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Nicole Glaros is an entrepreneur and managing director of TechStars Boulder, a tech accelerator program, where she works with seed-stage Web software companies. Glaros will talk about the importance of innovation, fearlessness and leadership in entrepreneurship. She will cover Colorado's evolving entrepreneurial ecosystem and the hows and whys of entrepreneurship for students.
4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15

Is Google making us stupid?
Nicholas Carr, a Boulder-based author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated bestseller, "The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains," and the Atlantic Magazine piece, "Is Google Making Us Stupid," will examine how digital media influence the ways people think, read and interact. Referencing media theorist Marshall McLuhan, Carr points out, "media are not just passive channels of information. They supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought." If the Web is shaping thought processes, what are people gaining? What are they losing? As people and society become increasingly dependent on the Web, how are they changing?
4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22

September 2012

DigitalGlobe photo

Speaker Series: DigitalGlobe and the Earth imagery industry

Walter S. Scott, who is founder, chief technology officer and executive vice president of DigitalGlobe, will speak about the satellite imagery industry at 4 p.m. Monday in the ATLAS Cofrin Auditorium.

DigitalGlobe is a leading global provider of commercial high-resolution Earth imagery products and services. It has corporate offices in Longmont, Colo.

Scott will discuss the origins of DigitalGlobe, its operation of a three-satellite imaging constellation, plus the birth, growth and future of the industry. Scott also has held several technical, program and managment positions at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and first-come, first served. RSVP by emailing

The ATLAS Speaker Series is made possible by a generous donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel. Attend all the talks in the ATLAS Speaker series:

Spring 2012 Calendar of ATLAS Black Box events

Performances produced by the ATLAS Center for Media, Arts and Performance (CMAP) are free and open to the public. The venue, the ATLAS Black Box theater, is located downstairs, lowest basement level B2 in the Roser ATLAS building. Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. It is suggested that audiences arrive 15 minutes before show time.

The Crane Wife

The Crane Wife is a puppet theater performance for all ages based on a Japanese folktale by the same name. The show features puppets, mystical masks, colorful scenery, shadow movement and live, original music. In this production, Eastern and Western theater traditions come together to tell a touching story of love, trust and greed.

The Crane Wife is funded in part by the Boulder County Arts Alliance/Neodata Endowment, the Boulder Arts Commission (an agency of the Boulder City Council), the Boulder Library Foundation, the Japan Foundation Los Angeles and the Puffin Foundation.
7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14; 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, Black Box theater

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club has released a number of critically acclaimed albums on Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles label, and SPIN Online and No Depression have described them as the “best live band in America.” Tickets are $20 or $50 for a special backstage “meet and greet.” Email The band’s appearance is part of a preview of the 2013 Americas Latino Festival.
9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, Black Box theater

Concert About Nothing: the Music of John Cage

Part of a week-long CU-Boulder festival, the Concert about Nothing will feature the music of John Cage performed by CU students, faculty and special guests Third Coast Percussion. The Chicago Tribune writes that this quartet, using an impressive array of percussion instruments, combines "the energy of a rock concert with the precision and sophistication of classical chamber music."
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7 p.m. & 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, Black Box theater

Pixels in the Closet

In a unique collaboration between Hong Kong dancer Abby Chan and Denver digital artist Bryan Leister, dance, digital images and sound tell a dark tale from childhood memories. Motion capture technology using infrared cameras, inverse kinematics recognition and Kinect software will allow Chan to control and create music in real-time through her dance movements. The combination of Chinese dance and cultural icons melded with the latest in digital game/controller technology and graphics promises to deliver a powerful theater experience.
The production is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Oct. 26 & 27, Black Box theater

Tame Your Man

"Tame Your Man is my first work dealing directly with my sexuality as a gay composer and my experience of masculinity within gay culture," explained director and composer Nathan Hall. "Over the course of the half-hour piece, a pianist will be bound to his instrument and his abilities to use the full range of the keyboard will become increasingly restricted. The performance will explore surrender, pleasure and trust in an abstract, other worldly atmosphere."
7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Nov. 9 & 10, Black Box theater

Pamela Z: Works for Voice & Electronics

Composer, performer and multimedia artist Pamela Z will perform an evening of works for voice with live, electronic processing, a gesture-activated MIDI controller and interactive video. The evening will comprise existing solo works as well new works produced in collaboration with CU's Boulder
Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk).
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Black Box theater

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