Larry Friedlander has been a professor of English Literature and Theater at Stanford University since 1965, with a specialty in Shakespeare and performance. In addition to his academic and critical activities, Friedlander worked in the professional theater as an actor and director for many years. Friedlander has just been named co-director of the new Stanford Learning Lab, an initiative of the President and Faculty of Stanford to promote learning and teaching throught research and development in educational technology and innovative teaching methods. He is also head of a team funded by the National Science Foundation to develop plans for a Collaborative Center for Research in Learning Technologies to be jointly run by Stanford and the Exploratorium.
In early 1980's he began working in multimedia design and applications starting with the Shakespeare Project, a pioneering investigation of the application of new technologies for education in the arts and the humanities. In 1990 Friedlander formed the Interactive Shakespeare Group with professors at MIT to develop tools for the study and presentation of Shakespeare and to establish an interactive electronic archive to be placed in the Folger Library and other institutions. Friedlander has also developed numerous other educational applications, including the TheaterGame, an animation program for staging plays, Paris/Theatre, a program for the historical study of French Theater , as well as plans for an interactive encyclopedia of 19th Century Art for the Musee d'Orsay in Paris.
Professor Friedlander has worked in major research laboratories on a wide variety of projects. At the Apple Multimedia Lab, he developed an innovative set of designs for the Globe Theater Museum in London. At the MIT Media Lab, he collaborated on a computer-enhanced theater space and narrative piece called the Wheel of Life, which has become a model for augmented interactive spaces. At the Mitsubishi Electronic Research Laboratory in Cambridge, Friedlander worked on long-distance, virtual, collaborative spaces.
Friedlander has a particular interest in interactive narratives: he teaches a course at Stanford - together with Barbara Hayes-Roth of the Computer Science Department -- entitled "Interactivity, Narrative and Intelligence," and he heads an ongoing Faculty Seminar called "Interactive Media Theory.
Professor Friedlander has been heavily involved in museum design and planning, and is now advising the Museum of Scotland, a new national museum due to open in Edinburgh in 1999, on its plans for technology and design He was an Osher Fellow at the San Francisco Exploratorium where he helped design their new Learning Center. He has done work with numerous other institutions and has recently co-organized a symposium on Museums and Technology for the SF Museum of Modern Art. Friedlander has lectured and written widely in these fields.
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