Kathi Inman Berens, Ph.D.
Kathi Inman Berens teaches at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and is a Fellow at the Annenberg Innovation Lab, where she works on virtual classroom software and embodiment. She curates and researches electronic literature. She teaches and researches transmedia branding, communication interfaces and hybrid pedagogy. Before moving to Portland, OR in 2009, she was Associate Professor of Writing at the USC Dornsife College.
Ph.D. in English, U. C. Berkeley
M.A. and B.A. in English, Tufts University
1. Electronic Literature
2. Media Studies
3. Digital Humanities
4. Virtual Classroom Software & Experiential Learning
5. 18th and 19th century British literature and culture; American 20th century literature and culture
Principal Investigator: “Sensory Interfaces in Virtual Classroom Software” funded by IBM’s J-Start Emerging Technologies team
Co-Principal Investigator: USC “Inverted Classroom” Project, funded by the Center for Scholarly Technology
Post-Doctoral Fellow: Mobile Research Technology Initiative, Washington State University at Vancouver. Summer 2011.
Principal, Big Digital Idea Consulting
SHOWS CURATED and ART
“Electronic Literature Showcase,” Library of Congress. April 3-5, 2013.
“Avenues of Access“: New and Emerging Work of Electronic Literature. January 4-6, 2013 at the Annual Convention of the Modern Languages Association, Hines Convention Center, Boston, MA. Storify Electronic Literature” Modern Language Association’s first exhibit of electronic literature January 6-8, 2012 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Storify here.
My poem “Tournedo Gorge” was exhibited in the Ars TechnoLOGIKA show Dec. 7-29, 2012 in Vancouver, WA.
PUBLICATIONS & INVITED TALKS
“Use the # and Tweet Yr Escape”: review forthcoming in L.A. Review of Books co-authored with Davin Heckman.
“Aura in the Age of Computational Production,” essay forthcoming in Performance Research Journal 18.5 “On Writing and Digital Media” (October, 2013). Co-authored with Leonardo Flores.
“A Hack of One’s Own: Feminist UX of Virtual Classroom Software,” presentation at MiT8: Media in Transition at M.I.T. May 3-5, 2013.
“Uncle Roger’s Grandmother: a Feminist History of Early Hypertext,” presentation at the Digital Humanities conference in Lincoln Nebraska July 17-19, 2013.
“Racism is Always-On: L.A. Flood‘s Procedural Rhetoric” forthcoming from electronic book review.
“Tournedo Gorge,” a digital poem, is published in Ailementum: the Literature of Food (winter 2013).
“Geolocative Storytelling Off the Map” at “Electrifying Literature: Affordances and Constraints,” the Electronic Literature Organization Conference, Jun. 20-23, 2012. University of West Virginia: Morgantown, West Virginia.
“Failure is Frictive” at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, Jun. 4-8, 2012 at the University of Victoria: Victoria, BC, Canada.
“Peer To Here”: Using a QR-Code Scavenger Hunt to Activate Student Learners” also published in Conference Proceedings from the Experiential Learning Conference at the University of California at San Diego, Jan. 26, 2012.
“Mapping Occupy: Digital Pedagogy on a Deadline,” part of the electronic roundtable “Building Digital Humanities in the Undergraduate Classroom” at the Modern Language Association Convention in Seattle, Washington Jan. 6-8 2012.
“Hacking F2F” at the Center For Scholarly Technology’s “Teaching With Technology” conference. University of Southern California, May 2, 2011.
“Beyond the A: Pedagogical Applications of Electronic Publication” paper delivered at the Convention for Teachers of College Composition and Communications, New Orleans, LA, April 2-4, 2008.
“Social Media, Presence and Invisible Learning in the College Writing Classroom,” at the New Media Consortium Summer Conference, Anaheim, CA, 6-9 June 2010.
“The Digital Writing Classroom,” to the humanities faculty at Harvard-Westlake School, North Hollywood, CA, 15 November, 2007.
‘Assessing Multimedia Elements in College Writing” for USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, Doheny Library, March 8, 2007.
“Blogs, Discussion Boards, and Online Journals: Strategies to Promote Student-Centered Learning in the Writing Classroom,” for Center for Excellence in Teaching on November 15, 2006.
“Charting the Course,” on course design for Future Professoriate, for USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, Doheny Library, Nov. 11, 2006.
‘‘Some sort of praise I have wisely stolen’: Laetitia Pilkington’s Appropriation of Pamela,” Conference on Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Women Writers, University of California at Davis, March, 1997.
“Laetitia Pilkington’s ‘incurable disease’: Reading and Its Effects in her Memoirs,” Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of California at Berkeley, February 1997.
“Rethinking the Spinster: Miss Bates as Disruptive Trope in Emma,” Conference on Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Women Writers, University of Oregon, May 1992.
WORKSHOPS & LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
“Optimizing Student Engagement with Technology,” at the International Leadership Association’s Annual Conference, Denver, CO. October 23-26, 2012.
THATCamp Hybrid Pedagogy: led “Online 2.0″ and “F2F 2.0,” Marylhurst University, Lake Oswego, OR, Oct. 20-21, 2012.
SCribe (formerly AngeLingo). Co-founder & co-advisor. Among the first online, multidisciplinary, journals of arts, culture and science created entirely by undergraduates. First issue published in 2003–when every page had to be hand-coded. Student editors culled the best essays written in USC’s advanced writing classes, and collaborated with the authors to transform them into multimodal essays. Essays that were produced for a required writing class found audiences across the world and persist through time: several essays have been taught in college and high school classes.
Undergraduate Writers’ Conference, Every spring 2004-2009. Created a conference and awards competition for undergraduate writers to present their works on scholarly subjects on academic-style panels. Grew the event from 80 participants to 350. Designed the event competition categories; hired & advised judges; trained student leaders to moderate panels; invited keynote speakers and arranged a celebratory banquet.
Pen Pal Project. I collaborated in 2001-02 with a former student, now herself a teacher, to create a year-long pen pal letter exchange between one hundred and twenty USC upperclassmen and thirty inner-city sixth graders at Audubon Junior High School. The year culminated in a campus tour for the 6th graders and a meeting with the USC director for the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, who instructed them how to prepare and apply for college.
- Cultures of New Media
- Advanced Social Media
- Communication Interfaces
- Networked Cultures
- Introduction to Electronic Literature
- Advanced Writing for Humanities Majors
- Advanced Writing for Social Sciences Majors
- Madness and Reason: 18th and 19th Century British Literature
HONORS AND AWARDS
IBM Faculty Award to beta test a proprietary co-browsing and video conferencing platform.
Grant to start an online journal from USC’s Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching. First-year project summary (2003-04).
General Education Teaching Excellence Award for Advanced Writing, December 2003, USC
Teaching With Technology grant, spring 2005, USC
Teaching Has No Boundaries Award, April 2005, USC
EXEMPLARY STUDENT WORK
DigiToolSC, a web app optimized for mobile that gathered all classes offering digital learning spring 2012.
Occupy g-map authored by eight undergraduates in my “Networked Cultures” class. Lead author: Nicole Buckner. See also the talk I gave about it [referenced above]: “Mapping Occupy: Digital Pedagogy on a Deadline.”
Hidden USC, a virtual tour of USC.
Available upon request.