Professor of English
Alan ("Al") Filreis is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in modern poetry and literary politics, author of two books and many articles on the topic; forthcoming is his new edition of the novel Tucker's People by Ira Wolfert. At Penn he is also Director of The Writing Program (http://www.english.upenn.edu/Writing); founder and Director of Penn's new Writers House (http://www.english.upenn.edu/~wh); Faculty Master of Van Pelt College House; and Chair of the Provost's Classroom Facilities Review Committee, a group directing an ambitious project to bring new technologies to teaching and teaching spaces. As Chairman of Penn Residential Faculty Council and member of the Computing Restructuring Steering Committee, Al created the plan to implement residentially based computing support for undergraduates at Penn. He taught one of the nation's first electronic courses for university alumni (on poetry - http://dept.english.upenn.edu/~afilreis/Alumverse/home.html), and as founder and Director of the Penn-Edison Partnership with a North Philadelphia public high school, worked with Philadelphia's NPR affiliate, WHYY-FM, to network the school and enable email and web access for its students (http://www.english.upenn.edu/~afilreis/Edison/home.html). He advises the Pennsylvania Humanities Council on information technology projects, and teaches humanities in Wharton's Advanced Management Program. Next year, he and Jim O'Donnell will be experimentally teaching Penn's new class of "early admissions" pre-matriculants via email, web, and MOO.