Professor James J. O'Donnell
Office of the Provost
Suite 650, Bunn Intercultural Center
Washington DC 20057-1014
Perhaps the only serving provost with a
in Texas named after him (we make, praeteritionally, no mention of
the street in
Madrid or in San
Juan), or an article
WIRED quoting him, though his proximate ancestors actually
hail from Castlegregory
on the Dingle
peninsula. Their coat of arms is somewhat
distinctive. He has shaken hands with the occasional president
and conversed with sages,
but he grew up living next door to a rocket scientist at White
Sands Missile Range and if you look at the map
you can find Hawk Street at the upper left. Like Mr. Tolkien's hobbits,
he is fond of stories he's already heard, and heard some
jolly ones from his father at White Sands long ago. Only someone with
a rare and fine knowledge of the history of the O'Donnell clan would know
why this relatively famous landmark
appears on this page.
- Quoted in "Limbo, an
Afterlife Tradition . . .", New York Times December 28, 2005.
- Georgetown University press
release on JO'D appointment as Provost
- Several web-recorded talks and lectures are
available on scholarly and
to Head Classics Association," The Daily Pennsylvanian, 9
"A New Classic,"
cover story in University Business, May-June 1998
"A Peek at the Library of
the Future", by John Makulovich, column appearing in e-edition of USA
Today, 28 November 2000.
"Library of Congress
Lags in Archiving Digital Media", New York Times, July 27, 2000
(reports on National Academy of Sciences committee report chaired by JO'D).
Wills on "Augustine's magical decade" -- the sequence of authors quoted
in the footnotes bear special attention.
webcast of a panel sponsored by the Harvard Book Store, 11/8/99, featuring
JO'D, Stewart Brand, John Perry Barlow, Neil Postman, and Larry Lessig;
of notes on the presentation also available.
the Wonders of the World," by Bill Gates (jo'd quoted)
"Detrás del Monitor:
Desde Grecia al Ciberespacio", El Mercurio (Santiago, Chile),
22 April 1999.
"The Life of the Mind
Goes Digital," U.S. News and World Report, 22 March 1999
Interviews: James O'Donnell and Gregory Crane", First Monday
4.1 (January 4, 1999)
interviewed by Adriana Lufti for the Brazilian e-zine Aqui (in
Press release concerning
award of degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) by St.
Dead Languages Come Alive", Philadelphia Inquirer, 20 January
2000 (link gone dead).
in Technology and Higher Education, from the July 2000 Lingua Franca
(JO'D quoted -- if link is bad, click here).
on the Library of Congress, transcript from WTOP2 radio -- internet
radio from Washington, DC.
transcript of a program on Australian Broadcasting Company radio, 4/23/00,
featuring extended quotations from JO'D.
Smart about Technology", profile in the spring 1998 newsletter of Penn's
School of Arts and Sciences
1972 A.B. Princeton (Latin
1972-73 studied at University College
1975 Ph.D. Yale
1975-76 Lecturer with rank of assistant
professor of Latin, Bryn Mawr College
1976-77 Assistant Professor of Greek
and Latin, The Catholic University of America
1977-81 Assistant Professor of Classics,
1981-2002 Associate Professor to Professor
of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania
1996-2002 Vice Provost, Information Systems and Computing, University
2002- Provost, Georgetown University
- 1982- Post-Classical Editor, Bryn Mawr
- 1984-85, 1986-88, 1993-94: Director,
Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies
- 1986-96 Member, Editorial Board, Traditio
- 1990- Co-editor, Bryn
Mawr Classical Review
1992-2001 Editor, Recentiores: Later Latin Texts and Contexts
series, University of Michigan Press)
1993 Visiting Professor of Classics, The Johns Hopkins University
1994-97 Member, Board of Directors, American Philological Association
1995 Visiting Professor of Classics, University of Washington
1995- Co-editor, NewJour,
on-line index of new electronic journals
1996-99 Councillor, The Medieval Academy of America
1999 Doctor of Human Letters (honoris causa), St. Michael's College
- 2000-2001 Visiting Professor, Yale University
- 2003, President, American Philological Association