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News Release

February 6, 2008


Cynthia Haven, News Service: (650) 724-6184,

Corrie Goldman, Stanford Humanities Outreach Officer: (650) 724-8156,

Metaverse U conference to bring leading thinkers on virtual worlds, Second Life

Technology leaders, artists and academics will discuss the hot topics of virtual worlds and Second Life at a conference scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17, in Annenberg Auditorium.

"Metaverse U" highlights will include virtual art galleries and a panel discussion with three leading thinkers on virtual communities: Howard Rheingold, Cory Ondrejka and Raph Koster. Sponsored by Stanford in conjunction with the Stanford Humanities Lab, Metaverse U offers collaborative and inclusive opportunities for participants, both virtual and corporeal.

Discounted advance admission (corporate $400, academic $200, student $100) is available through Feb. 11. Registrants will have access to all conference activities, including networking events, and lunch on both days. Tickets will be sold at the door for $500 (cash only); no student or academic discounts will apply.

Video from Metaverse U will be streamed live to the web, free of charge. After the conference, the videos will be archived and made available on a Stanford website to become part of a global conversation on virtual worlds.

The conference schedule and registration information is online at



Corrie Goldman, Stanford Humanities Outreach Officer: (650) 724-8156,

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