Advanced Networks and the Arts & Humanities Symposium

Target Audience: 
Higher Education Faculty and Staff, Artists, Non-Profit Cultural Organizations, Administrators, Technology Staff
Requirements for Participation: 

Participation is open to MAGPI Members and Non-Members with advanced networking and H.323 videoconference capabilities. However interactive seats are limited to 7 spots for MAGPI members and 7 spots for Non-MAGPI Members. Registration is only required if you wish to be a live, interactive videoconference site. It is requested that sites host groups of attendees.

A LIVE WEBSTREAM of the entire Symposium including all break-out sessions will be available at Click on "Live Videos" on the day of the event. Registration is not required to view the webstream. Webstream participants can send questions to the presenters by tweeting them to @magpik20 (with hashtag #magpi_arts) or posting them to our twitter page at Please note: If you are behind a firewall and having problems viewing the webstream you may need to open port 1935 TCP for to work properly. If you continue to have problems with the webstream, contact your firewall administrator.

We are looking for host sites at MAGPI member campuses to open up viewing of the event to their faculty and staff. Currently, MCNC, Case Western Reserve University, TCU School of Music, GARR and The University of Pennsylvania are host sites for this event.

MAGPI is pleased to bring you this exciting Advanced Networks and the Arts & Humanities Symposium event. The Symposium builds upon the success of the national Teaching and Learning with Internet2 Symposium which was held on April 1, 2011. The Arts & Humanities Symposium aims to reach humanities faculty, artists, and educators around delivery of arts and humanities education and experiences over advanced networks.

Advanced research and education networks, such as Internet2 in the United States, offer faculty, artists, non-profit cultural organization educators innovative opportunities to connect to a diverse array of resources and to collaborate with partners around the world toward the delivery of unique arts and humanities education and live performance experiences. Through a series of keynote and breakout sessions, this three hour symposium is designed to give faculty, artists, and educators a taste of the range of projects and resources that exist and how they can be applied in their own teaching, outreach, and production efforts.

Symposium Agenda

1:00 - 2:00 PM EST - Keynote
Digital Repository Services at USC
Shoah Foundation Institute
Sam Gustman, Chief Technology Officer
USC Shoah Foundation Institute

With 52,000 testimonials on 235,000 tapes, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute had amassed the largest collection of Holocaust remembrances ever assembled over the last 20 years. Though the footage was largely shot on industry standard tape and collected mainly in the digital age, they were quickly degrading. It was a monumental task to build a system that would protect and store acres of priceless videotape for generations to come. Consider, the data on a DVD may start to degrade within three years and videotape within 20 years. To protect the 20 years worth of work collecting the testimonies, USC built mass digitization and preservation systems to ensure the testimonies would be flawlessly preserved. Born from this effort to preserve the Holocaust testimonies, the USC Digital Repository was launched to provide collections from all over the world as well as researchers a place to digitize, catalog, preserve and provide access to their content.

2:00 - 2:50 PM EST
Breakout Session #1
Schoenberg Database Manuscripts: A Digital Treasure
Daivd McKnight, Director, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Drawn from over 12,000 auction and sales catalogues, inventories, catalogues from institutional and private collections, and other sources that document sales and locations of manuscript books, the SDBM assists in locating and identifying particular manuscripts, establishing provenance, and aggregating descriptive information about specific classes or types of manuscripts. The Schoenberg Database is a work in progress, with new material added regularly. This project began with the intent that it should become an online community resource. In 2005, the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image (SCETI) began hosting the database, where it remains today, freely accessible to all.

Breakout Session #2
Contemporary Dance and High Speed Networks
Gary Galbraith, Associate Professor of Dance, Dance Department Artistic Director
Case Western Reserve University

The creation and presentation of concert dance production is a highly orchestrated and complex enterprise and this session presents examples of how high speed networks have been used to support such endeavors. Accompanying the video examples, will be a discussion on how advanced network technologies coupled with other technologies have been used to serve the art form, how they influence art making practices, the pros and cons of using such technologies in artistic presentations, and some contemplations on future possibilities.

3:00 - 3:50 PM EST
Breakout Session #1

Advanced Networks and the Future of Performing Arts
Michael Bolton, Director of Community Programs
Opera Company of Philadelphia

Learn about the innovative educational programs, master classes and future plans the Opera Company of Philadelphia has planned, such as Arts Rising. Connection to advanced networks has enabled the Opera Company of Philadelphia to develop some exciting educational opportunities to push the envelope for the performing arts.

Breakout Session #2
Arts & Humanities: A Look to Europe and Beyond
Claudio Allocchio, Senior Technical Director, Advanced Applications and Security
GARR, Italy

There is a lot of Arts and Humanities related activities happening in Europe and worldwide, which are using advanced research and education networks to bring content, and knowledge across the globe. See how these activities can be interesting for you, and how you can collaborate or just benefit from them. From leading edge applications, to archives, masterclasses, experiments, and so on.

Presenter Bios

Sam Gustman, Chief Technology Officer, USC Shoah Foundation Institute
Sam Gustman has been chief technology officer (CTO) of the Shoah Foundation since 1994 and was responsible for overseeing the 2006 move of the foundation's archives from Universal Studios to the USC. He has been with ITS since 2006. Gustman is also associate dean at the USC Libraries, where he holds a faculty appointment. He is in charge of IT for the Libraries where he has also started the USC Digital Repository. As CTO of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, Gustman provides technical leadership for the integration of the institute's digital archives into USC's collection of electronic resources, ensuring the archive's accessibility for academic and research communities at USC and around the world. He is responsible for the operations, preservation, and cataloging of the institute's 8-petabyte digital library, one of the largest public video databases in the world. His office offers technical support for universities and organizations that subscribe to the institute's visual history archives. His office also provides website support and duplication services for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, which is part of the USC College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. Gustman has sixteen years of leadership experience in information technology. In addition to his responsibilities for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, he has developed proposals for new antipiracy technologies at USC. He has been the primary investigator on National Science Foundation research projects with a cumulative funding total of more than $8 million. He has given presentations at professional conferences, which have been published in the conference proceedings of academic journals. He has a bachelor of science in engineering, with a focus in computer engineering, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

David McKnight, Director, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Since 1997, David McKnight has served as the Director of the Digital Collections Program, McGill University Libraries. As Director, Mr. McKnight has overseen the production of numerous scholarly digital collections. In addition, Mr. McKnight holds an MA in Canadian literature and has worked extensiviely in the area of 20th Century Canadian Print Culture. He is part time lecturer in the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, where he offers an annual undergraduate course on Canadian Culture.

Gary Galbraith, Associate Professor of Dance, Dance Department Artistic Director, Case Western Reserve University
Mr. Galbraith was a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company where he danced many of the prestigious roles in the repertory that Ms. Graham created. Such roles include Jason in “Cave of the Heart”, both the Husbandman and the Revivalist in “Appalachian Spring”, the Minotaur in “Errand into the Maze”, both The Couple in White and The Couple in Red in “Diversion of Angels”, The Priest of Sacrifice in “Clytemnestra”, The Christ Figure in “El Penitente”, and The Cavalier in “Deaths and Entrances”. During his tenure with the company, Mr. Galbraith was featured in new ballets created for the Graham Company, including Robert Wilson’s “Snow on the Mesa” and “But Not For Me” by Tony Award winning choreographer Susan Stroman as well as serving as rehearsal assistant for the company . Lucinda Childs choreographed a duet on him which was premiered by the Graham Company and which he later premiered in Cleveland. He has been a regisseur of the Graham ballets and has staged works for Ecole de Danse de Cannes (France), Verb Ballets, Western Michigan University, Washington University in St. Louis and at Belhaven University.

MIchael Bolton, Director of Community Programs, Opera Company of Philadelphia
With the Opera Company of Philadelphia since 2001, Michael Bolton is currently the Director of Community Programs. In this capacity, he oversees the Company’s acclaimed student literacy program, Sounds of Learning™, through which almost 5,000 students attend an OCP production each season. Under Mr. Bolton’s leadership, the program has expanded its reach to 150 schools from Cape May Court House, New Jersey, to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The program now boasts a burgeoning online community of student opera bloggers and weekly opera themed emails which provide free opera content to middle and high school students. Winner of OPERA America’s first ever Diversity Award in 2006 for his community-wide outreach programming for Richard Danielpour and Toni Morrison’s opera Margaret Garner, Mr. Bolton organized 17 events in collaboration with over 20 community partners which were seen by over 2,000 attendees in preparation for the opera’s East Coast premiere in February, 2006. Other activities with the Company include community and pre-performance lectures, free community recitals, the annual Academy of Music Open House Tour which allows patrons to tour our artistic home and walk on a fully mounted opera set, the lecture-recital series A Taste of Opera, and forging partnerships within Philadelphia.

Claudio Allocchio, Senior Technical Director, GARR
Claudio Allocchio studied astrophysics and particle physics, but also music (piano). In 1985 he started his computer networking activities at CERN and then returned to Trieste (1988). Among the founders of GARR NREN, he managed the COSINE mail gateway services (early 90s) and the Italian Naming Authority (”.it” regulator). Since 1991, he is a member of the application area directorate at IETF. He is the GARR senior technical director for advanced applications and security areas.