I’m prepping to leave for Pennsylvania tomorrow for the Amish technology conference, which begins this Thursday at Elizabethtown College.  It’s going to be an interesting 3 days of seminars, tours, posters, panels, food, catching up with friends and acquaintances, and hopefully making some new ones.  There will be a lot to take in and I’m going to fill the noggin with whatever I can.

I’ve been asked if any of the conference will be made available online. There is some good news in that area. It turns out that 5 conference sessions will be streamed live online, including 3 of the 4 plenary sessions and a panel with the authors of The Amish.

Here is the schedule for the 5 live streamed sessions:

Thursday, June 6
3:30-5:00 p.m. Seminar: “From the Buggy to the Byte: How the Amish Tame Technology” – Donald B. Kraybill
7:00 p.m. Plenary Session: “What the Amish Can Teach (and Learn From) Nerds and Geeks” – Kevin Kelly

Friday, June 7
10:30 a.m. Plenary Session: “A Tale of Two Kitchens: Gender and Technology in Amish Communities” – Karen Johnson-Weiner
“Gender and The Amish” (film) Callie Wiser
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Panel: Meet the Authors of THE AMISH
Authors Donald Kraybill, Karen Johnson-Weiner, and Steven Nolt discuss their new book

Saturday, June 8
11:15 a.m. Plenary Session: “Amish Participation in Medical Research: A Partnership of Trust and Mutual benefit” – Alan Shuldiner

So if you can’t make the conference, you’ll at least be able to watch some of the sessions live.  Just click over to the conference live stream, where coverage will begin 5 minutes before the start of each session.

Conference blogging

I will also be posting on the conference here beginning Thursday, Friday, and unusual for this site, Saturday as well. It won’t quite be “live” but I do plan to post updates several times each day.

If there’s a session or aspect of the conference you’d like me to blog about let me know in the comments below.  There are many sessions and I won’t be able to be everywhere but I will do what I can do.  I’m looking forward to meeting those of you who can make it (and exchanging some “live” comments!)