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Planned Obsolescence in Academic Publishing Is Topic of Nov. 7 Talk

Kathleen FitzpatrickKathleen Fitzpatrick, director of scholarly communication at the Modern Language Association, will speak on “Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy” in Knight Library’s Browsing Room, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Fiztpatrick, a professor of media studies at Pomona College, is the author of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television. She is cofounder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons and has published articles and notes in several journals, including the Journal of Electronic Publishing, PMLA, Contemporary Literature, and Cinema Journal.

For more information on Fitzpatrick’s talk and her book of the same name, visit

The talk is sponsored by the University of Oregon Libraries, Oregon Humanities Center, Center for Study of Women in Society, Department of English, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Romance Languages, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, and School of Journalism and Communication.


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