Intergenerational media

I work with many older immigrants and newer refugees, and I’m interested especially in exploring ways to design digital experiences in a way that welcomes people across generations, technical skills and levels of technical access. (This is not to say that older means non-technical — but too often it means that they do not have access to newer technologies, even though they’d like to use online resources.) Kind of cultural Universal Design.

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About Elizabeth Haven Hawley

I worked in the printing industry before going to graduate school to study the history of technology. My personal research focuses on how technological change affects marginalized communities -- especially in their access to communication technologies. As program director at the Immigration History Research Center (University of Minnesota), I collaborate with immigrant and refugee communities to help them preserve their heritage. I also work with and advise volunteers and scholars interested in studying migraiton experiences and/or documenting communities. www.ihrc.umn.edu