A Guide to the Records of the Choices and Challenges Forum, ca. 1985-2003 Choices and Challenges Forum Records RG 15/27/1

A Guide to the Records of the Choices and Challenges Forum, ca. 1985-2003

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Special Collections
Collection Number RG 15/27/1


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2019 ( CC0 1.0 )

Processed by: Caroline Harvey, Student Worker, and Laurel Rozema, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
RG 15/27/1
Title
Records of the Choices and Challenges Forum, ca. 1985-2003
Physical Characteristics
16.81 Cubic Feet; 18 boxes and 4 reels
Creator
Zallen, Doris T.
Creator
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Science and Technology Studies Department
Language
English
Abstract
The Records of the Choices and Challenges Forum contain correspondence, meeting notes, articles, plays, advertisements, grant applications and reports, videos, audio tapes, and more from the development of the first 22 Choices and Challenges fora, from 1985 to 2003. The Choices and Challenges Forum at Virginia Tech was founded in 1985 by Doris Zallen, who served as its director until 2003. Each forum addresses the ethical and social issues created by advances in science, technology, and medicine.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Records of the Choices and Challenges Forum must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Records of the Choices and Challenges Forum, RG 15/27/1, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Records of the Choices and Challenges Forum was transferred to Special Collections in July 2018. Additional materials were transferred in May and June 2019.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Records of the Choices and Challenges Forum was completed in October 2018. The processing, arrangement, and description of additional materials was completed in September 2019.

Appraisal

Several items were removed from the collection and destroyed: duplicate items, empty photo envelopes and zip drive holder, blank and unused CDs and audiocassette tapes, software program CDs and instruction booklets, and an AV cord.

Historical Note

The Choices and Challenges Forum at Virginia Tech was founded in 1985 by Doris Zallen, who served as its director until 2003. Each forum addresses the ethical and social issues created by advances in science, technology, and medicine. The fora also examine the historical, philosophical, societal, and legal components.

Scope and Content

The Records of the Choices and Challenges Forum contain correspondence, meeting notes, articles, plays, advertisements, grant applications and reports, videos, audio recordings, and more from the development of the first 22 Choices and Challenges fora, from 1985 to 2003.

The records are divided into eight series, subdivided by forum: I. Doris Zallen, director files, ca. 1985-2003; II. Photographs, 1985-2003; III. Videos, 1985-2002; IV. Audiocassette Tapes, 1985-1989; and V. CDS, 1992-2001; VI. Floppy Disks, 1992-2003; VII. Posters, 1985-2003; VIII Teleconference Transcripts 1992-1997.

In the first series, Doris Zallen, director files, ca. 1985-2003, each forum files contains folders devoted to forum planning (with notes or items from the planning process), pre-forum publicity, correspondence related to planning and publicity, and items related to the awarding of continuing-education credits to doctors or other professionals. Additional material pertains to speakers and session leaders, such as CVs and correspondence, and to post-forum activities, including articles and evaluations. Some fora include materials related to teleconferencing, outreach, lessons plans, and other activities.

The second series, Photographs, 1985-2003, document forums 1-19 and 21-22.

The third series, Videos, 1985-2002, contains videocassettes and film reels from local tv programs, and the different panels at forums 1, 6, 8-19, and 21.

The fourth series, Audiocassette Tapes, 1985-1989, consists of audiocassettes of the different panels from forums 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, and 15-18. This series also includes miscelaneous tapes in the "various tapes" file.

The fifth series, CDs, 1992-2001, contains Choices and Challenges website back ups and files from different fora.

The sixth series, Floppy Disks, 1992-2003, contain files from various fora.

The seventh series, Posters, 1985-2003, has forum posters as well as a poster about the project, "The Choices and Challenges Project - exploring the social and ethical dimensions of science and technology," from in between the 20th and 21st fora.

The last series, Teleconference Transcripts, 1992-1997, contian five transcripts for various forums.

Arrangement

The Records of the Choices and Challenges Forum are organized into the following series:

Series I. Doris Zallen, director files, ca. 1985-2003
Series II. Photographs, 1985-2003
Series III. Videoscassette Tapes, 1985-2002
Series IV. Audiocassette Tapes, 1985-1989
Series V. CDs, 1992-2001
Series VI. Floppy Disks, 1992-2003
Series VII. Posters, 1985-2003
Series VIII. Teleconference Transcripts, 1992-1997

Related Material

Doris Zallen Papers, Ms2018-032, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Separated Material

Copies of transcripts have been separated to the Rare Book Collection.


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Contents List

Series I. Doris Zallen, director files, ca. 1985-2003
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Series II. Photographs, 1985-2003
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Series III. Videos, 1985-2002
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Series IV. Audiocassette Tapes, 1985-1989
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Series V. CDs, 1992-2001
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Series VI. Floppy Disks, 1992-2003
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Series VII. Posters, 1985-2003
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Series VIII. Teleconference Transcripts, 1992-1997
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Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

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