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FIT’S 2017 Adjunct Summer Institute

Promoting Integrity in Student Research: Wikipedia in the Post-truth Era

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Guest speaker Katherine Maher, Executive Director of Wikimedia, talked to us about student research with the help of Wikipedia…as well as the rewards and challenges of accessing information through technology. Breakout sessions were also used to provide individuals with topics in which they expressed interest in before the event to enhance their experience. 


About the Guest Speaker

katherine maher headshotKatherine Maher is the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that supports Wikipedia and its sister projects. She is a longtime advocate for free and open societies and an expert in the use of technology for social impact.

Katherine was appointed Executive Director in July 2016, after serving as the organization’s first Chief Communications Officer. She has lived and worked around the world, leading the introduction of technology and innovation in human rights, good governance, and international development. She was a founding member of the UNICEF Innovation team, where she helped introduce open source innovation for health and child welfare. She has worked with the National Democratic Institute, the World Bank, and Access Now on programs supporting innovative technologies for democratic participation, civic engagement, youth entrepreneurship, open government, and human rights.

Katherine is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Human Rights, a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, a member of the advisory board of the Open Technology Fund and a trustee of the Project for the Study of the 21st Century. She lives in San Francisco. 


Event Agenda

09:30 am Coffee/Breakfast
Welcome—Elaine Maldonado, Director of Faculty Development
Opening Remarks—Dr. Yasemin Jones, AVP
Faculty & Academic Program Support
10:00 am Helen Lane, Emerging Technologies Librarian
Katherine Maher, Executive Director of Wikimedia
12:00 pm Jeffrey Riman, Coordinator of the CET
Concourse—Syllabus Connect
12:15 pm Lunch
1:45 am
- 3:15 am

Breakout Sessions
Helen Lane and Matthew Michaels, Library
How to Edit Wikipedia Entries

Iris Finkel, Hunter College, Anne Leonard, City Tech and Ryan McGrady, Wiki Education Foundation
Integrating Wikipedia into the Curriculum

Richard Knipel, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Wikimedia Commons: Institutional Collections & Visual Resources

Brian Fallon and Sarah Blazer, Writing Studio
Wikipedia: Gateway to Research

3:30 am
- 4:00 pm
Conclusion of Activities and Certificate
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