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The Network Nation and Beyond

A Festschrift in Honor of Starr Roxanne Hiltz and Murray Turoff

October 12- 13, 2007

New Jersey Institute of Technology

University Heights - Newark, New Jersey, USA


Page Contents

  • Invitation/overview
  • Call for presentations
  • Deadlines
  • World-renowned keynote presenters
  • Please send good wishes
  • Organizing Committee


Festschrifts celebrate honorees' legacies through original publications influenced by their contributions.

Starr Roxanne Hiltz and Murray Turoff continue to actively contribute after more than 30 years to the fields of computer-mediated communication and decision support, online learning, delphi and emergency response.  Their groundbreaking  book “The Network Nation” published in 1978 and updated in 1993, has been hailed as a landmark, visionary publication.  This festschrift will both honor their contributions upon retirement from their full-time academic positions and explore how their legacy will continue to influence research and societal developments in the decades to come.

The festschrift includes keynote and research presentations, numerous opportunities to socialize and network, and a dinner roast at which people can relate stories about working with Roxanne and Murray, and their ideas. A special journal issue will follow.

The research community is invited to join the celebration, and also to express their good wishes to Roxanne and Murray online.

Call For Research Presentations / Special Journal Issue

We invite session proposals, refereed research presentations, papers and posters addressing the Network Nation in 2007 and beyond, which consider:

- the legacy of Starr Roxanne Hiltz and/or Murray Turoff

- current research inspired by their contributions   

- insightful speculations on future research and societal developments influenced by their foundations

Special sessions will be reserved for research presentations by advisees of Roxanne and Murray from the last three decades.

Especially high-quality papers will be reviewed and edited further for a special journal issue.  Details will be forthcoming.


Festschrift Deadlines:  (click here to submit)

  • if you need an extension, please contact us
  • Presentation/Paper Abstract deadline: September 23, 2007 (abstracts required)
  • Full Paper deadline: October 1, 2007
  • Poster deadline: September 23, 2007 (no abstract required for posters)
  • Session Proposal deadline: August 13, 2007

Journal Deadlines:

  • Journal Article deadline: January 22, 2008
  • Journal article submissions also will be invited from festschrift submissions.

Registration Deadlines:  (click here to register)

  • please register early to help our planning

Keynote Presentations

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Ronald E. Rice and Ben Shneiderman.

Keynote panelists include Jack Carroll, Linda Harasim, Abbe Mowshowitz, Jenny Preece, Mary Beth Rosson, Edward A. Stohr, Karen Swan, and  Bartel Van De Walle.

Sending Good Wishes

Expressions of good wishes will be presented to Roxanne and Murray, and displayed on the Festschrift Web site.  Please post your comments on their legacy here.

Organizing Committee

  • Raquel Benbunan-Fich, Baruch College, CUNY
  • Michael Bieber, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Donna Dufner, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Rosalie Ocker, Penn State University
  • Naomi Rotter, New Jersey Institute of Technology