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Top computer expert will talk about link between responsible citizenship, technology

Thursday, March 19, 2009  
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CANCELLED: A talk by Dr. William Wulf slated for this Thursday at Rockford College has been cancelled because of illness.  There are no plans at this time to reschedule the talk. Wulff was to speak on “Responsible Citizenship in a Technological Democracy.” 


For immediate release – 3/9/09
Contact: Chuck Brown, Communications – 815-226-3374

William A. Wulf, former president of the National Academy of Engineering and assistant director of the National Science Foundation, will talk on “Responsible Citizenship in a Technological Democracy” at Rockford College March 26 at noon in the college’s Maddox Theatre. 

Currently the AT&T Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia, Wulf is active in promoting knowledge of computer and engineering concepts to better understand issues affecting society. He says in spite of the fact the U.S. is so technologically dependent, many citizens do not know enough science and engineering concepts to be informed about such things as energy policy, climate change, electronic voting, and other issues.

Wulf’s talk, part of the college’s Forum Series, is free and open to the public, though tickets are required.  For tickets and other information, contact the college box office at 815-226-4100 or visit them in the Clark Arts Center. 

Later in the day, Wulf will also talk about blending information technology into the humanities in a presentation entitled “Digital Humanities” in the college’s Fisher Chapel at 8 p.m. The presentation, sponsored by the college’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, is free and open to the public.  

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