Penn Director of Rare Book and Manuscript Library to Speak at Symposium

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Media Contact:Jennifer Oxenford | | 267-496-9664 January 31, 2012

PHILADELPHIA – MAGPI, the University of Pennsylvania's Internet2 hub, will host the Advanced Networks and the Arts & Humanities Symposium on Thursday Feb. 2.  David McKnight, Penn‘s director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, will give a breakout presentation on the Schoenberg Database Manuscripts during the symposium.

The Advanced Networks and the Arts & Humanities symposium will be held virtually with keynotes and breakout sessions being offered from several locations around the world from Philadelphia to Zurich.  Host viewing sites will be available for interested faculty, staff and the community at several physical locations including Penn, Montgomery County Community College, Lehigh University and Bucknell University locally as well as in North Carolina, Texas and Ohio. Participants in host venue locations will be able to interact with presenters and each other through advanced videoconferencing technology throughout the symposium.

The keynote presentation will be offered by Sam Gustman, chief technology officer at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute who will speak about digital repository services. Additional breakout sessions will be given by Michael Bolton, director of  community programs at the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Gary Galbraith, associate professor of dance, dance department artistic director at Case Western Reserve University, and Claudio  Allocchio, senior technical director, Advanced Applications and Security GARR, Italy.

Advanced research and education networks, such as Internet2, offer higher education faculty, students and cultural organization staff unique opportunities to connect to an array of resources and to collaborate with partners around the world to enhance delivery of arts and humanities education and performing arts. This three-hour symposium is designed to give faculty and staff at advanced networking connected organizations around the world a sampling of the many projects and resources that exist and are available.

The Advanced Networks and the Arts & Humanities Symposium runs from 1– 4 p.m. EST.  Registration is free but advanced registrations is requested if attending from a physical viewing location.

The symposium will also be available via live web stream that day for anyone anywhere to view; visit Questions and comments for presenters may be sent in from anyone watching the live web stream via twitter to @magpi20 using hashtag #magpi_arts or via Facebook at

Additional information, including a full list of speakers and breakout sessions, can be found at