What will the books of the future be like? They will almost certainly be digital rather than paper, but beyond that, what? Professor Ken Hiltner's passion is for both old books and imagining how they might be reinvented digitally. As one of the managing officers for the Milton Society of America, he is spearheading an effort to make Milton's great epic poem Paradise Lost into a highly collaborative, social edition optimized for tablet computers. This reliable and up-to-date digital book will be made available to students and other interested individuals worldwide absolutely free of charge. Hiltner has also written a number of books and articles exploring how our modern environmental crisis began making its appearance in Milton's era. Since arriving at UCSB in 2006, he has served as Director of both the Early Modern Center and the Literature and the Environment Initiative. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he garnered a number of distinctions as a researcher and Teaching Fellow, including the Bowdoin Prize. Prior to becoming a professor, he made his living as a furniture maker.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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