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Libraries’ Going National with Apple Computers Event joins Campus Community in a Conversation about Technology and Education

On Thursday, November 10, 2011 Drexel University Libraries welcomed nearly 100 students, faculty, alumni, staff and friends to Going National with Apple Computers, a film screening and panel discussion centered around the introduction of the 1984 Macintosh computer to the Drexel campus.

The documentary film, Going National, chronicles the innovative Microcomputer Project. Drexel was the first university that required all incoming students to purchase a Macintosh 128K personal computer. Directed by Dave Jones, Ph.D., dean of Pennoni Honors College, the film captures a unique moment in Drexel’s history.

“There was an excitement around the campus,” Dean Jones said in the discussion following the film, “I liked what [the Microcomputer Project] was doing to Drexel.”

Moderated by Youngmoo Kim, Ph.D., assistant dean of Media Technologies for Drexel’s College of Engineering, the evening’s panel included Dean Jones; Paula Cohen, Ph.D., distinguished professor of English; Sheldon Master, a member of Apple’s first dedicated sales force; and technology blogger and author of Daring Fireball, John Gruber ‘96.

The discussion covered a wide variety of topics from memories of the Microcomputer Project to present-day effects of technology on learning.

“This was an incredibly forward-looking moment for the University and the University administration,” Kim said during the discussion. “We take for granted now that we go to college and bring a computer.”

A video recording of the panel discussion is available online through the Libraries’ website.

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The film coincides with Access Everywhere: Computing at Drexel, 1984 – Present, a Drexel University Archives exhibit currently on display at W. W. Hagerty Library until December 10.

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