Doug Reside: English and Linguistics Senior Seminar Keynote Speaker


The Truman State University Department of English and Linguistics is pleased to announce the return of Alumnus Dr. Doug Reside as the keynote speaker for the Spring 2017 Senior Seminar Capstone Conference. Dr. Reside will present “The Tale of the Ant-Lion: A Digital Humanities Adventure” on Thursday, April 27 at 12:30 p.m. in the Activities Room of the Student Union Building and “How Do You Catch a Cloud and Pin It Down? Preserving Musical Theatre in the Digital Present” on Friday, April 28 at 1:30 p.m. in the Activities Room of the Student Union Building. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Dr. Reside graduated from Truman State University in 2001 with the powerful combination of a BA in English and BS in Computer Science in 2001; after graduating he earned his MA from Truman and his PhD from the University of Kentucky, both in English. Since 2011, Reside has served as New York Public Library’s Digital Curator for the Performing Arts. In this position, he initiated, created, and oversaw a number of digital archive and access projects. Reside also served as product owner for the Library’s digital repository, where his leadership helped advance the work of the repository and related services, such as the metadata management system and importing data from other bibliographic tools.

Before joining the Library, Reside was Associate Director of the Maryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities where he taught a course on Theater History and Digital Humanities, and worked on projects to develop a standard for the annotation and citation of digital objects, video and 3D materials. Reside has also served on the American Theater Archive Project; as a Board member of the Theater Library Association; an organizer of the 2009 Song, Stage, and Screen Conference; and his writing has appeared in Theatre Survey, Studies in Musical Theatre, and other publications.

The Billy Rose Theatre Division of The New York Public Library includes approximately 5 million items pertaining to dramatic performance in all its diversity. The division’s holdings illuminate virtually every type of performance, from street corner to stage to studio, and include drama and musical theater, film, television, radio, and popular entertainment. While it houses an extraordinary array of traditional reference materials, the division’s strength and uniqueness lie in its unparalleled collection of theater ephemera as well as its pioneering efforts to document theater on videotape and film.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses one of the world’s most extensive combinations of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. These materials are available free of charge, along with a wide range of special programs, including exhibitions, seminars, and performances. An essential resource for everyone with an interest in the arts – whether professional or amateur – the Library is known particularly for its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as historic recordings, videotapes, autograph manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs, posters and photographs. The Library is part of The New York Public Library system, which has locations in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island, and is a lead provider of free education for all.