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Rajiv Vaidya Memorial Lecture 2018: Noisy Archives and the Future of Memory

In the December 2, 2018, Rajiv Vaidya Memorial Lecture, Rick Prelinger, archivist and founder of the Prelinger Archives – a celebrated repository of home movies and ephemeral films –explored the particular difficulties contemporary archivists (film, media, and paper) must contend with today: historical amnesia, uncertain funding, technological change, and the flow from a relentless digital fire hose. Prelinger looks at the future of memory, the renaissance of physical media, the virtues of inconvenience, and how archives and cultural repositories can serve as a force for inclusion.