Mar 1996 Volume 12:4
ENIAC Golden Anniversary events
The detailed calendar of events planned
for the 18-month long celebration of the ENIAC and the birth of the
information age is available on the Penn Web
(http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/releases/1996/Q1/ENIAC/ENIAC-Calendar.html.). Here is a
brief look at some of the events scheduled for February
[Note: The ENIAC calendar has changed since Penn
Printout went to press. The calendar below was updated on 2/12/96, but please check the Penn
Web page for additional updates.]
Computer Technology in Art exhibition
"In and Out of the Box," a presentation of two- and three-dimensional works that
utilize computer technology. Nexus Foundation for Today's Art, 137 N. 2nd Street.
Information: Anne Raman (215/629-1103).
ENIAC 50th anniversary exhibition
"From Vacuum Tubes to Microchips" at the Shops at
Liberty Place, 16th and Market Streets. Information: Expert Events (215/724-6644).
Institute of Contemporary Art exhibition
February 10 - April 14
"Withershins," an interactive installation by video artist Gary Hill
celebrating the impact of computers and information technology on art and
culture. Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 36th and
Sansom Streets. Information: Wendy Steinber (215/898-7108).
IBM's Deep Blue versus Garry Kasparov
February 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, and 17 at 3 PM
The chess tournament between World Chess Federation
Champion Garry Kasparov and IBM's Deep Blue computer. Sponsored by ACM.
Pennsylvania Convention Center. Information: (800/342-6626).
ResNet's Movie Week
February 11-17 at 10:00 PM
"Binary Analogues: Computers on the Silver Screen," on the ResNet movie
channel (channel 11 on the Penn Video Network), a series of seven
films featuring computers and computing. Information:
ACM Computing Week '96
ACM, the first society in computing, celebrates its 50th
anniversary. Information: http://www.acm.org/
ENIAC 50th anniversary day events
9:30-11:30 AM and 1:30-4 PM: Educational Technology Showcase
featuring Penn faculty, students, and staff demonstrating
locally developed, state-of-the-art projects. Houston
Hall, Bodek Lounge.
11:50 AM-12:30 PM: ENIAC 50th anniversary day speech by
Vice President Al Gore. Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania,
34th and Spruce Streets.
1-1:30 PM: ENIAC reactivation with Vice President Al Gore and other
dignitaries. A reactivation of part of the original ENIAC, exactly 50 years after it
was first unveiled to the public. Moore Building, School of Engineering and
Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania, 33rd and Walnut Streets.
1-2:30 PM: "ENIAC in Context," the first session of the
ACM History Program, deals with the development of
the ENIAC within the social, cultural, and intellectual
environment of its time. Philadelphia Marriott, 12th and
3-4:30 PM: "ENIAC's Legacies," the second session of
the ACM History Program, deals with the significant hardware and software
developments of the past 50
years, as well as the people involved. Philadelphia
Marriott, 12th and Market Streets.
6:30-10:00 PM: A "Celebration Honoring the Creation
of Modern Computing" features announcements of the 1996
Bower Award winners, the
1996 ACM Alan M. Turing Award winner, and a commemorative stamp celebrating
the birth of computing
during a reception and dinner at the Philadelphia Marriott, 12th
and Market Streets. Information: Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibit
March 17 - May 26
"New Art on Paper II 1899-1995," a collection of the work of new artists
includes those using computers in their work. Acquired with funds from the Hunt
Manufacturing Co. Information: Peg Mooney (215/763-8100).
International Literacy Conference
"Adult Learning and Technology in OECD Contries," sponsored by
the National Center on Adult Literacy, University of
Pennsylvania. Information: Chris Hopey (215/898-2100).
American Music Theater Festival
"CrossWaves '96" highlights the use of new technologies
in theater art. Annenberg Center, 36th and Walnut
Streets. Information: Nicole Borrelli (215/893-1570).