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Unexpected Technology

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Drawing from archival collections across Stanford, this exhibit explores the unexpected, overlooked, and surprising results of the multi-dimensional relationships between technology and culture. Two simple concepts inform this exploration. First, technology is everywhere. Second, “technology is neither good nor bad, nor is it neutral” (Mel Kranzberg’s famous “first law”). 

Curated by a cross-departmental team: Hanna Ahn, Assistant University Archivist; Tamar Barzel, Head Librarian, Music Library & Archive of Recorded Sound; Chris Doan, Hohbach Archivist; Spencer Gondorf, Curatorial Assistant, History of Science & Technology Collections; Eitan Lev Kensky, Reinhard Family Curator of Judaica & Hebraica Collections; Kevin Kishimoto, Head of Music Metadata Services; C. Ryan Perkins, Curator for South Asian Studies, Islamic Studies, & the Baha’i Collection; Chloe Pfendler, Hohbach Archivist; Margarita Nafpaktitis, Curator for Slavic & East European Collections; Kathleen Smith, Curator for Germanic Collections & Medieval Studies; and Sarah Sussman, Curator for French & Italian Collections; Head, Humanities & Area Studies Resource Group. Organized by Kristen Valenti, Exhibits Coordinator, Silicon Valley Archives, with consultation and introduction by Henry Lowood, Harold C. Hohbach Curator for History of Science & Technology Collections.

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