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Conference opportunity
January 9, 2009, 4:30 pm
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Mardi Gras Conference 2009
Virtual Worlds: New Realms for Culture, Creativity, Commerce, Computation and Communication
February 19-21, 2009
Sheraton Conference Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Although the concept of virtual worlds has deep roots within the world of networked computing, it is only within
the past few years that virtual worlds have captured the imagination of so many in such diverse fields as art, music, business, philosophy, psychology, sociology and mass communication. Moreover, there have been very few events that have tried to organize a broad interdisciplinary perspective around virtual worlds, their adoption by various constituencies, and their use by artists, musicians, historians, designers, educators, archivists, computer scientists, gamers, businesses and entrepreneurs.

The 2009 Mardi Gras Conference will bring together individuals working in this broad area in an attempt to foster
information exchange, enable community building and project future trends across the multitude of disciplines
that have engaged this technology. ¬†Following the conference, a true New Orleans Mardi Gras experience awaits–
the Endymion Parade.

Noshir Contractor – "From Disasters to WoW: Understanding & Enabling Networks in the 21st Century"
Tony O’Driscoll – "Avoiding the Routinization Trap: Leveraging Virtual Worlds for Strategic Differentiation"
Benjamin Duranske – "Virtual Law for Non-Lawyers: Justice on the New Frontier"
Eric Call – "Improving Aesthetics in Virtual Worlds"
David Noah (Workshop) – "Virtual Worlds and Education"

Early-bird registration closes January 8, 2009
Conference lodging block closes January 19, 2009

See tentative program at:

The Mardi Gras ’09 Conference on Virtual Worlds is sponsored by the Center for Computation and Technology,
Louisiana State University.

For more information, visit

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