[SIGCIS-Members] Fwd: Join us on April 4 for Following the Computer Industry through the State - A CBI Virtual Lecture

Jeffrey Yost yostx003 at umn.edu
Tue Mar 28 08:49:44 PDT 2023

*Dear Colleagues,*

*Please join us for what is now the 3rd in our annual Tomash Fellow virtual
lectures, where the current Tomash Fellow presents from their dissertation
research.  Our current, 2022-2023 academic year Tomash Fellow Sam Schirvar,
ABD from Penn's History and Sociology of Science, will present on his
important and insightful research on the social (African American and
Native American) history of Control Data Corporation, its programs and
manufacturing. Information and the link to register is below. It is 3pm
Central on April 4th. Again, I hope you will join us on April 4th for this
engaging lecture!*

*Best, Jeff*

The event will begin at 3 p.m. CST.
*A CBI Tomash (Virtual) Lecture on Control Data's late 20th
century ventures*
Join CBI on Tuesday, April 4 at 3 p.m. CST as our 2022-2023 Tomash Fellow
Sam Schirvar, University of Pennsylvania, History and Sociology of Science
ABD presents his paper *"Following the Computer Industry through the

*This virtual event is free and open to the public but registration is
required. *
*Brief Abstract: *William C. Norris, founder and CEO of Control Data
Corporation, was notorious in the business world. From assembly plants in
the so-called "inner city," to a mobile health clinic on the Rosebud
Reservation in South Dakota, to computer programming and assembly at the
Minnesota State Prison in Stillwater—many of Control Data's ventures in the
late twentieth century appeared to be unconventional. While the business
community alleged that these programs were a distraction that hurt Control
Data's bottom line, Norris insisted that the supercomputer firm could do
good — and make a profit. Read the full abstract.

*About the Tomash Fellowship*
Each year the Adelle and Erwin Tomash Graduate Fellowship is awarded to a
standout ABD graduate student for doctoral dissertation research in the
History of Computing, Information, and Culture.
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