The Community Informatics Research Lab organizes this annual fall lecture series that explores various qualities of digital inequalities by featuring key speakers from different sectors of society, local and beyond.  The lecture series began in Fall 2008.  A multi-media archive of past presentations is available at


Fall 2012 schedule

Date Guest
September 5, 2012 Mike Smeltzer, UC2B, and UIUC Director of Networking
September 12, 2012

Barbara Oehlschlaeger-Garvey, Assistant Director, Museum of the Grand Prairie
Jed L. Taylor, Stake Family History Center

September 19, 2012

Annie Clay, Director, Help Book Online

Respondent: Barry Ackerson, Associate Dean & MSW Program Director, UIUC School of Social Work

September 26, 2012

Reverend Willie G. Comer, Pastor, Berean Covenant Church

Will Kyles, City Councilman, Champaign

Chris Hamb, Chrisp Media

Thursday, October 4, 2012

*in Illini Union Room 209

Donald Owen, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Urbana School District 16
October 10, 2012 Michael Dilley, Fire Chief, Urbana Fire Rescue Services
October 17, 2012

Jon Gant, Research Associate Professor, UIUC GSLIS, and Director, proposed Center for Digital Inclusion

Respondent: J. Steven Downie, Associate Dean of Research, UIUC GSLIS

October 24, 2012

Dr. William Schuh, Chief Medical Information Officer, Carle Foundation Hospital

Respondent: Jerry Dewitt, Library Manager,Carle Foundation Hospital

October 31, 2012

John Wagstaff, Head of Music and Performing Arts Library, UIUC

November 7, 2012 Denise Osler-Brown, former Computer Instructor, Douglass Branch Library
November 14, 2012

Katie Abrams, Interim Director and Assistant Professor, UIUC Ag Com/Coll of Media/ACES

Abigail Sackmann, Research Assistant, UIUC Ag Com and Masters student, GSLIS

November 28, 2012

Valerie McWilliams, Managing Attorney, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance

Stacie Colston Patterson, Outreach Coordinator, Illinois Legal Aid Online

December 5, 2012

Blaine Fahey, developer, Illinois App for the iPhone (tentative)

Respondent: Lissette Piedra, Associate Professor, UIUC School of Social Work