September 9, 2008
For immediate release
Faculty and students from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School are a major part of ISCAR 2008 – the International Society for Cultural Activity and Research 2008 Conference held in San Diego September 8-13. The conference, themed “Ecologies of Diversities: The developmental and historical interarticulation of human mediational forms,” will include over 1000 scholars from 44 countries. This is the first time the triennial event will take place in the United States, and Professors Judith Green and Richard Durán of the Gevirtz School are members of the planning team hosted by UC San Diego in collaboration with UC Santa Barbara, UC Los Angeles, U San Diego, and California State University, San Marcos.
UC Santa Barbara participants include faculty members Carol Dixon, Charles Bazerman, Richard Durán, Judith Green, Betsy Brenner, and Beth Yeager. Graduate students presenting papers and participating in sessions include Damian Jenkins, Graciela Fernandez, Tim Grigsby, Nida Rinthapol, Adam Truxler, Ravy Lao, Azure Stewart, and Levi Maaia. Gevirtz School student Azure Stewart created the Moodle site for dialogues among participants about their papers; the site is supported by UCSB’s Instructional Development Program and Dr. George Michaels. Clara Vaz provided the Portuguese translation of the program.
UCSB students will also produce a digital ethnography on the last day of the conference that will capture the Ecologies of Diversities that made the conference a dynamic learning space – people, topics, technologies, areas of research, research methodologies, and national contexts.
[Judith Green and Richard Durán are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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