The 2010 American Scholar Heritage Series (Wash DC)

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10am - 1pm EDT Thursday, September 9 2010
1400 Constitution Avenue NW; Washington, D.C. 20013
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A two part series of distinguished panel discussions sponsored by the Office of Sponsored Projects of the Smithsonian Institution in partnership with the Navy Medicine Institute for the Medical Humanities and Research Leadership.

Celebrating Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
Computer Scientist

From Knowledge to Wisdom:
Reflections on 50 Years of the Information Age

From the simplest to the most sophisticated human activities, the power of computing has changed the way we interact individually, socially, and governmentally. Yet have these influences been for the good or have they been less than positive? This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the implementation of COBOL, aka Common Business Oriented Language --- one of the most well known of computer fundamentals. COBOL came into being due to the profound scholarship and industry of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. "Amazing Grace," as she was known, was one of the greatest American pioneers in the history of computing. Obtaining her doctorate in mathematics at a time when such academic achievements were not the usual experience for American women, Admiral Hopper was eventually elevated to her Navy rank by a specific honor from the American Congress because of her genius, her dedication, her forward thinking, and her unprecedented discoveries. She was an inventor par excellence who sustained the price of dedicated scholarship even in her personal life. In honor of her genius and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Information Age due to COBOL's implementation, a special panel discussion will bring together a diverse group of scholars whose leadership is influenced heavily by computer science. The panel will engage in a spirited discussion on the impact of computer science in our world. While computing has bombarded us with an unprecedented volume and availability of information, how has computing formed us as persons, as cultures, as societies? While we have become better and more quickly informed --- even in the blink of an eye ---- are we wiser? And if not, how can we utilize in the future the best of computer science to become ever more human and humane?


BDPA Members: Free. Invite guests, event is open to the General Public
Date: September 9, 2010
Time: 10:30AM to 12:30PM (enter facility by 10:00 AM)
Location: National Museum of American History
Smithsonian Institution
Carmichael Auditorium
1400 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20013
Registration Fee: Free. Register using BDPA Groupsite "RSVP to this event" linked below.



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