May 1: Building Community, Preserving Identity With Technology

Event Details


Date: April 30, 2014

Times: 7 p.m.

Location: Gilbert Science Center, Room 100

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public.

Dr. Timothy Pasch, a communication professor from the University of North Dakota's School of Communication, will discuss "Melting Ice and Merging Technologies: Culturally Convergent Digital Communication in the Canadian Arctic," a conversation on the use of communication technology to build community and preserve the language and identity of the Canadian Arctic, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, in room 100 of the Gilbert Science Center. 

The event is free and open to the public.

Pasch has created a model for "Arctic New Media Convergence" in the digital humanities to train and encourage young Inuit to use the technologies of still image and video, audio, social media, web-based and mobile app design to preserve and broadcast the voices of the Inuit elders, while sharing their own. In his talk, Pasch will demonstrate technologies and include slideshows of his award-winning photography and video footage.

Communities across the Arctic are experiencing dramatic changes as languages and cultural identities are vanishing. The loss of a language can result in the loss of knowledge and wisdom accumulated over generations. In the footsteps of Arctic pioneers such as Nansen and Stefansson, Pasch is a modern day explorer who theorizes that digital communication technologies may help preserve the essential human resources of the Arctic.  

The program is funded in part by Augustana College's Mellon Fund Committee, the Communication Studies Department and International Studies Program.

About the Speaker

Pasch completed his doctorate in Communication at the University of Washington in December 2008. His dissertation work studied online virtual communities of the Inuit of Nunavik and proposed policy changes designed to empower language and security on the Arctic Web.

In the spring of 2009, Dr. Pasch created the digital media component for a series of National Institute of Health grants while working at the University of Washington Medical Center.

He is fluent in French and Japanese and endeavors to improve his Inuktitut, in addition to producing audio, instructional screencasts, digital curricula and websites. A primary focus of his research is community building through communication technology. This includes technology in the classroom, online portals for native and marginalized communities, immersive distance learning environments, virtual worlds, and security and privacy in social networks.