2016 Speakers

Roopika Risam

Roopika Risam

Assistant Professor of English and Secondary English Education, Salem State University

Roopika Risam is an assistant professor of English and English education at Salem State University. Her research examines intersections between postcolonial and African diaspora literatures and cultures, and the role of digital humanities in mediating between them. Her monograph, Postcolonial Digital Humanities, under contract with Northwestern UP, examines the possibilities for recovering lost stories and unheard voices within and through digital humanities. Her work has recently appeared in Left HistorySouth Asian Review, and Digital Humanities Quarterly and is forthcoming in Debates in Digital Humanities 2016 and DSH: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities.

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Patrick Meier

Patrick Meier

Patrick Meier is an internationally recognized expert and consultant on Humanitarian Technology and Innovation. His new book Digital Humanitarians has been endorsed by Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, UN, Red Cross, World Bank, USAID and others. Over the past 12 years, Patrick has worked in the Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, India, Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Morocco, Western Sahara, Haiti, Vanuatu and Northern Ireland on a wide range of humanitarian projects with multiple international organizations including the United Nations and the World Bank. In 2010, he was publicly praised by Clinton for his pioneering digital humanitarian efforts, which he continues to this day. Patrick is the Executive Director of WeRobotics and the founder of the Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators).

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