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MashUp lecture series kicks off July 18

The College of Innovation and Design and the College of Arts and Sciences invite members of the Boise State and Treasure Valley communities to join them for the first MashUp: Little Lectures for an Odd World event, from 4-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, in the Innovation Incubator (second floor of the Albertsons Library).  Each MashUp lecture features two experts presenting short talks on things they are passionate about. The audience is invited to ask questions that connect the two.

Kicking off the four-event series is a lecture featuring Boise State history professor John Bieter and Elizabeth Kidd, the City of Boise social media manager.

Bieter will discuss the arborglyphs generations of Basque sheepherders left on trees and how these carvings tell us about their history. He will also discuss efforts to digitize and preserve these artifacts to be studied around the world.

In addition to managing the city’s social media presence, Kidd is a pop culture expert, and will be presenting about the passionate online communities dedicated to the beloved boy band One Direction and the impact they have on fans around the world.

MashUps are intended to open a dialogue about what it means to be human together in the face of digital innovations such as social media and artificial intelligence.

The event is free and open to the public; there will be a cash bar (21+ only, please) and refreshments. RSVP in advance for the event and
email with questions.

The following MashUp events are scheduled for the coming months: