Sep. 27, 2011

Harding Lecture features a digital forensics pioneer

Martha Nell Smith

A pioneer in bringing literary texts and studies to the Internet is this year's keynote speaker for the eighth annual Walter Harding Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m., in the College Union Ballroom.

Martha Nell Smith will address "Digital Forensics: Texting Emily Dickinson." Smith is a professor of English and founding director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland, and co-edited Emily Dickinson's Correspondence: A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry. She has authored and co-authored several other books and articles on American literature and is also the coordinator and executive editor of the Dickinson Electronic Archives projects at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia.

Geneseo created the annual Harding lecture in 2004 in honor of the late Distinguished Professor Emeritus Walter Harding, an internationally known faculty member who was the world's leading scholar on 19th-century author Henry David Thoreau. Harding was the founding secretary and former president of the Thoreau Society, the oldest and largest international organization devoted to the study of any American author.

Harding's wife, Marjorie Brook Harding, created an endowment to make the lecture series possible. She significantly enlarged the endowment in 2010, assuring that generations of Geneseo students and faculty will benefit from Walter Harding's tradition of scholarship and learning.