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Digital Pragmata: Virtual/Material



James Branch Cabell Library, 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room (Room 250)
922 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23284


Digital pragmata flourish at the nexus of research, teaching and creativity. They can be digitized artifacts, collaboratively edited virtual models, 3D-printed replicas and a thousand other projects. How do the virtual and the material worlds interact with each other, as we increasingly digitize the physical and manifest the digital? What new possibilities does this meeting ground offer—in the classroom, the laboratory or the studio? Join us for a Digital Pragmata discussion. Bring your lunch. Chips, cookies and drinks will be provided.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, please call Gregory Kimbrell, membership and events coordinator, at (804) 828-0593 prior to Dec. 2.


Courtney Freeman
Assistant Production Coordinator, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Diane Harnish
Vice President, Academic Sales, Primal Pictures
Bernard K. Means
Director, Virtual Curation Laboratory, VCU School of World Studies
Andrew Ilnicki, Moderator
Director, Academic Technology, VCU School of the Arts


The Digital Pragmata series is sponsored by VCU Libraries and the VCU Office of Research and Innovation.

About the Speakers

Courtney Freeman is an exhibition design production coordinator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). She has gained notable professional experience with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with the MIT Museum and, prior to the VMFA, as a design studio consultant for Luckstone. She earned her M.A. in museum studies from the University of Manchester, England, and B.A. in art history from VCU. Working alongside design and IT team members, Courtney has helped lead the inaugural 3D-printing project for the VMFA's latest exhibit, Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing.

Diane Harnish has worked in the field of health-science publishing for over 25 years and has extensive experience across education, academic and practice sectors. She spent much of her career at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), with early responsibilities in marketing and then as publisher, where she headed the medical publishing program for nearly 10 years. After her tenure with LWW, she launched a proprietary consultancy and, as principal consultant for DH Marketing & Business Consulting, worked with a broad range of niche health-science content providers, primarily providing insight and guidance on business and growth strategy in the eye of digital transformation. Over the years, she has become a market specialist in the area of anatomy and in the threading of anatomy across the spectrum of health-science education and practice. Currently, she works for Primal Pictures, the leading 3D anatomy company with users in over 700 institutions worldwide, where she is vice president of sales.

Andrew Ilnicki has an MFA in visual communication from VCU in the Department of Graphic Design. He works across departments to foster effective practices and new uses for academic technology and to facilitate changes in education for students and faculty about issues related to the future of art and design education, technology and interdisciplinarity. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for the da Vinci Center for Product Innovation, and the Departments of Graphic Design and Kinetic Imaging. With the VCUarts Creative Entrepreneurship office, he coordinates a new interdisciplinary internship program called CoLab (short for Collaboratory) that focuses on the intersections between art, healthcare and technology.

Bernard K. Means has a B.A. in anthropology, with a minor in physics, from Occidental College, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Arizona State University, Tempe. His dissertation research involved applying new theories and cutting-edge technologies to American Indian village sites from southwestern Pennsylvania, many excavated during the 1930s by New Deal archaeologists. His scholarly pursuits include reconstructing American Indian village life from cross-cultural studies of village spatial and social organizations, the research potential of archaeological collections and the history of archaeology across the Americas, especially during the Great Depression. He currently teaches archaeology courses in the School of World Studies at VCU and is director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory, which is creating three-dimensional digital models of archaeological objects used for teaching, research and public outreach. The Virtual Curation Laboratory is a research effort currently funded in part by the Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program.

Read the Digital Pragmata Blog

Learn more about this and other Digital Pragmata events, past and future, in the official blog.


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