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Hypertext Writer and Internet Activist Don Foresta To Speak

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (February 17, 2005) — Don Foresta, a pioneer in hypertext writing, and director of the international online collaborative the MARCEL Project, will discuss "MARCEL, Internet 2, and the Second Renaissance' on Wednesday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m., in Taylor Hall of the Vassar College campus.

An acronym for Multimedia Art Research Centers and Electronic Laboratories, the MARCEL Project is a permanent broadband interactive network and web site dedicated to exchange between art and science and collaboration between art and industry. Vassar is one of 60 member institutions from 13 countries involved in MARCEL, whose key goal is to create an intuitive fast-paced digital space to meld different disciplines (http://www.mmmarcel.org/).

"MARCEL is an organization which is encouraging educational, arts, and science organizations to exploit Internet 2 and thus not leave it to be overrun by commercial and other interests as is the now, almost unusable internet," said English Professor Michael Joyce.

Among Foresta's works is the book Les Mondes Multiples, about the convergence of art and science in western culture. At Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Arts at Cergy and the Electronic Language Laboratory, he heads an interactive multimedia project linking engineering and art schools.

Foresta founded the company International Media Consultants to organize projects of artistic, cultural, and educational exchange, through the new media and advanced communications technologies. From 1971 to 1976 Foresta served as Director of the American Cultural Center in Paris. He created the video art department at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in 1976.

Foresta was named Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture, and has received the U.S. Foreign Service Meritorious Honor Award and the USIA Director's Award for Outstanding Creativity. He has been a fellow at MIT, and a lecturer at several universities and art schools in Europe, Japan and the U.S.

A graduate of the University of Buffalo in American History, Foresta earned his Master's from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a doctorate in Communication Science at the University of Paris - the Sorbonne.

For more information, please call Michael Joyce, Professor of English, at (845) 437-5941. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy Jennings at (845) 437-5370. Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, February 17, 2005