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LBJ School Professor Gary Chapman Co-Directs First International School on Digital Transformation in Porto, Portugal

School's faculty to include LBJ Alumna Warigia Bowman

AUSTIN, Texas, July 20, 2009 -- LBJ School Professor Gary Chapman, along with University of Texas at Austin College of Communication Professor Sharon Strover and Karen Gustafson, a staff member for the University of Texas at Austin-Portugal Colaboratory, will co-direct the first International School on Digital Transformation at the University of Porto in Porto, Portugal, taking place July 19 through July 24, 2009.

The International School on Digital Transformation is an intensive six-day residential program conducted in English that aims to bring together emerging and established scholars and professionals from around the world. During the weeklong session, innovators in digital communications will serve as teachers and mentors, presenting their current projects and research and participating in discussions with advanced students and professionals beginning careers in the field. The School is part  of the University of Texas at Austin-Portugal Colaboratory, or CoLab, a five-year-long collaboration emphasizing education and research in digital media, advanced computing, mathematics and commercialization of science and technology.

In addition to LBJ School Professor Gary Chapman, Warigia Bowman, LBJ School Alumna and Assistant Professor for the Department of Public Policy Leadership at the University of Mississippi, will also participate as a member of the School’s faculty.

Themes the School will focus on include: democratic transformations of society through digital media; innovations in transparency and political participation using new online tools; grassroots civic activities using digital technologies; building effective communities with the Internet; reaching out to new users with mobile and online technologies; prospects for digital communication in developing regions; and digital arts and culture in a globalized, online world.

For more information on the first International School on Digital Transformation visit: http://digitaltransformationschool.org/2009/.

The participants of the School are also twittering about their experiences and can be followed at http://digitaltransformationschool.org/twitter_page/.