Bergis Jules will be the keynote speaker on Thursday, March 15th. Bergis is the University Archivist at the University of California, Riverside, where he is also the Project Director for Inland Empire Memories, a consortium of local cultural heritage organizations. He is the Community Lead on the Documenting the Now project, which seeks to develop tools and practices that support the ethical collection, use, and access to web and social media archival content. Documenting the Now is a project that was inspired by the protests and activism in Ferguson, MO sparked by the killing of Michael Brown in August 2014. Bergis helps to lead two IMLS supported national forum projects, “Diversifying the Digital Historical Record” which concluded in October, 2017 and the upcoming “National Forum on Ethics and Archiving the Web” in March, 2018. Bergis‘ work is primarily related to supporting and promoting community based archives as legitimate sites for historical collections and preservation, and the radical inclusion of people of color and other marginalized groups in our shared digital cultural heritage. His previous community archives work includes leading projects at the Black Metropolis Research Consortium at the University of Chicago and developing the D.C. Africana Archives Project at George Washington University. He is currently a doctoral student in the Public History program at the University of California, Riverside where his research is focused on representations of African Americans in archives of the web. He received an M.A. in Library and Information Science and an M.A. in African American and African Diaspora Studies from Indiana University.
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Our Wednesday, March 14th keynote will be announced soon!