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Four of the world's foremost educational and cultural leaders will discuss the impact and implications of the technological advances of our time in a roundtable discussion — Culture and Technology: Present and Future — to take place in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium on Monday, April 30, at 6:00 p.m.

Exchanging views will be Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Metropolitan Museum; George Rupp, President of Columbia University; Paul LeClerc, President and CEO of the New York Public Library; and Lawrence M. Small, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

The participants will discuss such topics as how centers of learning will change in the future as a result of new technologies; how electronic technologies empower/imperil institutions; whether technology is supplanting teachers, curators, and librarians in shaping the direction of their institutions; and how the expectations of the public may have changed in response to the electronic revolution.

Tickets to the event are $30 each and are available through the Metropolitan Museum's Concerts and Lectures Department at (212)570-3949 or at the box office — Fifth Avenue and 83rd Street entrance to the Museum — beginning at 5:00 p.m. on April 30.

This is the third roundtable discussion at the Metropolitan Museum to explore issues related to the integration and use of new technologies in cultural institutions. The series was inaugurated in April 1998 on the occasion of the opening of the Museum's electronic resource center — the Lita Annenberg Hazen and Joseph H. Hazen Center for Electronic Information Resources in the Thomas J. Watson Library — which provides scholars, the academic community, and the Metropolitan's professional staff with access to art historical and other scholarly material available through CD-ROMs, the Internet, and other electronic resources. The Hazen Center is the first of its kind in any art museum in the United States and abroad.


April 17, 2001

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