Presentations

3/26/15

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Association; Visiting Professor of English, New York University; Co-founder of MediaCommons

Open Review, the New Peer, and the Future of Scholarly Communication

4:00 pm, Herring Hall 100
Open to the Public

Bio: Fritzpatrick has written extensively on critical issues concerning the rise of digital humanities. She is the author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy, and The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television. Fritzpatrick is also a co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons.


 

4/09/15

Siegfried Zielinski

Michel Foucault Chair, European Graduate School (EGS) and Media Theory, Institute for Time Based Media, Berlin University of Arts

Retropesentism

4:00 pm, Humanities Building 119
Open to the Public

Bio: Zielinski is an internationally recognized media theorist and educator whose approach to media history provides a method that radiates with a life and dynamism that pays homage to the figures and forms that he traces from the past. Writing on themes as divergent as the electronic music of Mouse on Mars or 17th century polymath Giovanni Battista della Porta, Zielinski’s work affirms the experimentation of new forms, and the science of mixture which can connect through time and space seemingly disparate bodies of thought and media practice.


 

4/16/15

Christopher Kelty

Associate Professor, University of California Los Angeles

Pirate Business Plans: Piracy, Remix, Plagiarism, Openness, Access, Participation

4:00 pm, Sewall Hall 303
Open to the Public

How is value created, converted and destroyed in the digital worlds of the contemporary? What are the political and economic consequences of the norms of global open access, commons and freedom as they have unfolded through new software technologies and new associations of activism, hacking, piracy, entrepreneurship and crime? In this presentation, I will present a series of maps, plans or diagrams that articulate how value is related to circulation in scholarly work, mainstream media circulation, and the pirate underground.

Bio: Kelty's research focuses on the cultural significance of information technology, especially in science and engineering. He is the author most recently of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software(Duke University Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles on open source and free software, including its impact on education, nanotechnology, the life sciences, and issues of peer review and research process in the sciences and in the humanities. At UCLA, Kelty holds a joint appointment in the Institute for Society and Genetics, the department of Information Studies and the Department of Anthropology.


 

9/17/15

Ian Bogost

Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Smartwhatever, or, Living Inside Computation

4:00pm, Herring Hall 100
Open to the Public

Computational life today is less and less about the operation and use of computing devices, and more a new type of lifestyle we live inside computers. Is it a lifestyle we wish to live? A good question. An even better one: what do we do about the fact that it’s coming one way or another. This talk is presented as part of the HRC's Sawyer Seminar.

Bio: Bogost is an author and an award-winning game designer. He is Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also holds an appointment in the Scheller College of Business. Bogost is also Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC, an independent game studio, and a Contributing Editor at The Atlantic, where he writes regularly about technology and popular culture.


 

10/22/15

Aaron Jaffe

Developer of "Reading Lab," Director, Humanities and Social Science Center, University of Louisville

Being, Online and -Off: The Work of H in an Age of D

4:00pm, Herring Hall 100
Open to the Public

Drawing on the author's experiences of running a humanities center and piloting a D[igital] H[umanities] project for running reading groups, the lecture will examine concepts of digitalization and the technical image and the advantages of a laboratory model for humanities research on and off-line in opposition to the prevalent logic of the humanities shop window.  The tl;dr ["too long; didn't read"] version is that the work of the H in an age of D is to propose new critical and aesthetic orientations for H’s dynamic inhumanist flux.

Bio: Jaffe’s research centers on modern and contemporary literature and culture, with a special interest in cultural and aesthetic theory. Received his PhD from Indiana University and has been an Alexander von Humboldt fellow in Berlin, Germany. In addition to many articles, book chapters and reviews, he is the author of Modernism and the Culture of Celebrity and The Way Things Go: An Essay on the Matter of Second Modernism.


 

11/05/15

Jon Voss

 Strategic Partnerships Director, Historypin

Engaged Scholarship and Knowledge Communities in the Age of the Web

4:00pm, Sewall Hall 309
Open to the Public

The World Wide Web has changed how we work together in the world, and our social institutions are still in the early days of transition. Through a project like Historypin and several others, we explore what the future may hold for memory institutions in the Age of the Web.

Bio: Jon Voss is the Historypin Strategic Partnerships Director. Together with global collaborators and the Historypin team, he’s helping to build an open ecosystem of historical data across libraries, archives, and museums worldwide. His early work on social responsibility led him to develop new business practices for music festivals and rock stars through his work with the Tibetan Freedom Concerts and artists like the Beastie Boys, David Crosby and Wyclef Jean. 


 

12/03/15

Tara McPherson

Associate Professor of Critical Studies, University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts

D[igital] H[umanities] by Design

4:00pm, Sewall Hall 309
Open to the Public

Many view the Digital Humanities (DH) as a scientific and quantitative endeavor, intent on blending computer science and humanities traditions.  What if we instead imagined the origin story for DH to emerge from the intersection of the arts and the interpretative humanities?  This talk will mine that alternative lineage and explore a series of digital projects that take their inspiration not from the sciences but from feminism, experimental aesthetics and social justice movements.  

Bio: McPherson’s research engages the cultural dimensions of media, including the intersection of gender, race, affect and place. She is the Founding Editor of Vectors, a multimedia peer-reviewed journal affiliated with the Open Humanities Press, and is a founding editor of the MacArthur-supported International Journal of Learning and Media. At USC, she co-directs (with Phil Ethington) the new Center for Transformative Scholarship, and is also the lead PI on the new authoring platform, Scalar, and for the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture.


 

01/14/16

Jeremy Dean

Director of Education at Hypothes.is, Former Director of Education at RapGenius

The Humanities PhD in Silicon Valley or: How I Learned to Start Worrying and Love Terms of Service

4:00pm, Herring Hall 100
Open to the Public

The revolutionary potential for the democratization of knowledge production online is not a given. It is a practice, at once pedagogical and scholarly, that requires thoughtfulness and responsibility from professional and lay humanists alike. Drawing on his experience inside and outside the academy, at both venture capital-funded and non-profit education software companies, Dr. Jeremy Dean will explore how such a practice might be theorized.

Bio: Jeremy was previously the Director of Education at Genius where he facilitated educational applications of their interactive archive of literary and historical texts. Jeremy is a scholar-educator with fifteen years of experience teaching at both the college and high school levels. He received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin where he worked as a Project Leader in the Digital Writing and Research Lab for four years developing units and lesson plans around a variety of digital tools. 


 

01/28/16

Nathan Matias

PhD Candidate, Center for Civic Media/MIT Media Lab and Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Understanding and Responding to Gender Discrimination and Harassment Online

4:00pm, Humanities Building, Dean's Conference Room (#115)
This Event is Open to the Public / Registration is Required

Digital networks offer powerful opportunities to re-imagine human cooperation outside of traditional institutions. Yet these networks can reproduce inequalities by sharing and amplifying distributed forms of injustice, including discrimination and harassment. The most common methods for monitoring discrimination and inequality come from the mid-20th century, developed by people including women's advocate Betty Friedan and the economist Gary Becker. Online, without clear institutional boundaries, we need new ways to monitor and respond to the problems of sexism, racism, and discrimination online. In this talk, I share new directions for monitoring and responding to gender discrimination and harassment online, with examples from journalism, crowdfunding, the peer economy, and social media platforms.

Bio: Matias researches factors that contribute to flourishing & fair participation online, making and evaluating technologies for creative, effective, safe, and sustainable societies. Recently, he led a peer reviewed audit of harassment on Twitter and has published on gender discrimination by news audiences. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, The Atlantic, and the PBS IdeaLab. Before MIT, Nathan studied postcolonial literature at Cambridge University and was an early employee in tech startups that have reached over a billion people.


 

02/4/16

Zeynep Tufekci

Assistant Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Subjective Decision Making by Machines: When Algorithms Watch, Judge and Nudge Us

4:00pm, Humanities Building, Dean's Conference Room (#115)
This Event is Open to the Public / Registration is Required

More and more of our online interactions are mediated by software that uses large amounts of our data and complex computations make decisions. These algorithms make subjective choices and act like gatekeepers in multiple arenas, from the public sphere (like Facebook) to hiring. This talk explores this emergent layer of machine intelligence in our lives.

Bio: Tufekci was a computer programmer before becoming a "technosociologist" interested in the relationship between technology and social change. In addition to being an assistant professor at UNCCH, Tufecki is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and has been a fellow at the Center for Information Technology and Policy at Princeton University and taught at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs. She has published widely for academic audiences and is also a monthly contributor to the New York Times op-ed page and also writes for The Message at Medium.


 

02/11/16

Genevieve Schaad

Program Manager and Mapping Operations Specialist, Google Inc.

Operations Policy for Google Maps - why rules rule!

4:00pm, Humanities Building, Dean's Conference Room (#115)
This Event is Open to the Public / Registration is Required

How does Google Maps take the complexities and messiness of the world and create an elegant, easy-to-use map? Policy. Ok, and brilliant engineers, algorithms, and money. But this Thursday with Genevieve Schaad, a program manager on Google Maps, we’ll focus on a lesser known side of Google’s mapping machine -- the large operations team that updates Google Maps according to a few meticulously stated rules. Rules that ensure the data is consistent, accurate, and ready to use.

Bio: Schaad is a Program Manager for Google Maps in Mountain View, California. She oversees the creation and upkeep of mapping policies for Google's large, global operation fleet. The policy dictates how operators are to model business data properly given selected resources about the place (like Street View, Aerial Imagery, phone call, etc.) To work with policy, Schaad has become an expert in technical writing, content management systems, quality assurance, training excellence, communication and advocacy, and workplace engagement.


 

02/18/16

Andrew Lippman

Travis Rich

Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director, Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PhD Candidate, Viral Communications, Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

No BS Research

4:00pm, Humanities Building, Dean's Conference Room (#115)​
This Event is Open to the Public / Registration is Required

Many domains of research are mired in destructive politics, egotism, and inefficiencies. The reality of research, how it's conducted, and how it's recorded is often ignored or obscured due to existing publication, tenure, and social systems. We explore the development of tools to change this trend.

Bio #1: Andy Lippman is a Senior Research Scientist at MIT and Associate Director of the MIT Media Lab.  He has a BSEE and MS from MIT and a PhD in Electrical Engineer from EPFL.  In the 1980s he developed maps that we know about today as Google's streetview. He helped pioneer visual computing and communications systems such as MPEG and digital HDTV.   He formed the Media Lab's Digital Life Program that engages 15 researchers and 45 companies in the invention and development of technologies and applications for human creativity and learning.  He is also the co-principal investigator of the MIT Communications Futures Program.  More recently, he has created the Viral Communications research group at the lab to explore how to design grassroots technologies and ideas that can scale without bound.  Some work of this group addressed cooperative mesh radio networks that were used as the design basis in the One Laptop Per Child program.   His current work is focused on the development of technologies and social structures for media, collaboration, and learning that challenge existing, conventional institutions.

Bio #2: Travis Rich’s work explores how to use proximal networks (optical and radio) to create natural, intuitive interactions between people, the physical world, and the digital ecosystem. His work advocates a shift from centralized information networks to scalable, user-dictated networks that mimic how humans naturally exchange information (peer-to-peer, vision based, and local). Rich's projects have been featured in Fast CompanyMIT's Technology ReviewTech CentralEngadgetThe VergeDiscover Magazine, and Mashable.


 

03/10/16

James Cuno

President and CEO, J. Paul Getty Trust

Beyond Borders: The Humanities in the Digital Age

4:00pm, Herring Hall 100
This Event is Open to the Public / Registration is Required


The world-wide web was developed and given the name – world-wide – because it aspired to go beyond borders, to be accessible beyond, even against, political borders, to be freely accessible to everyone with access to the internet, which today means more than 40% of the world’s population, a number that is steadily increasing, especially in the developing world. In the field in which I work, this has provoked us to think of ways to dismantle the false architecture of nationalism by which our field has been organized.  The means by which we can reach beyond political borders to embrace the potential of the world-wide web includes free and open-source digital publication and dissemination, transnational research platforms, deep data bases, computational analyses, and image recognition software.  In this lecture, I will explore these tools and resources.

Bio: James Cuno took his PhD degree in Fine Arts (history of art) from Harvard University.  Most recently he served as Director of Harvard University Art Museums (1991-2002), the Courtauld Institute of Art (2002-04), and the Art Institute of Chicago (2004-11). He has published Whose Muse? Art Museums and the Public’s Trust, Who Owns Antiquity: Museums and the Battle Over Our Ancient Heritage, Whose Culture? The Promise of Museums and the Debate Over Antiquities, and Museums Matter: In Praise of the Encyclopedic Museum.


 

03/17/16

Ethan Zuckerman

Principal Research Scientist at MIT's Media Lab and Director of the Center for Civic Media

Civics in the Age of Mistrust

4:00pm, Lovett Hall, Founders Room (map)
This Event is Open to the Public / Registration is Required

This lecture focuses on the idea of civic participation at moments of high mistrust in government and other centralized institutions. Using Pierre Rosanvallon’s work on “Counter-Democracy,” Ethan Zuckerman will examine how “insurrectionist” approaches to civics, those which challenge rather than supporting existing civic institutions, are a time-honored part of a functioning democracy, as well as a powerful space for contemporary civic involvement, and will consider the ways in which digital technologies give us new affordances for these monitorial systems that challenge and buttress democratic institutions.

Bio: Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at MIT's Media Lab, where he heads research on Media Cloud, a system for quantitative analysis of agenda setting in digital media, and Promise Tracker, a platform that allows citizens to monitor powerful institutions using mobile and web technologies.  He is the author of Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection, published by W.W. Norton in June 2013. With Rebecca MacKinnon, Ethan co-founded international blogging community Global Voices. Global Voices showcases news and opinions from citizen media in over 150 nations and thirty languages. Ethan's research focuses on issues of internet freedom, civic engagement through digital tools and international connections through media. He blogs at http://ethanzuckerman.com/blog and lives in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.


 

04/28/16

Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Director, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL

How Numbers Lie: Intersectional Violence and the Quantification of Race

4:00pm, Humanities Building, Dean's Conference Room (#115)​
This Event is Open to the Public / Registration is Required

Tracing the genealogy of statistical discourses on race, Schomburg Center Director, Khalil Gibran Muhammad explores the violence of racial quantification on black women and men’s lives beginning in the postbellum period. How did the numbers of out of wedlock childbirths or incarcerated men come to define the progress and potential African Americans by contrast to others? Why have such facts spoken for themselves as is so often said today? Or have they?

Bio: Muhammad directs the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a Harlem-based branch of the New York Public Library system and one of the world’s leading research facilities dedicated to the history of the African diaspora. He is also the author of The Condemnation of Blackness, which explores how ideas about Black criminality shaped urban America. Before directing the Schomburg Center, the Chicago native and great-grandson of the Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad was history professor at Indiana University, completed a fellowship at the Vera Institute of Justice, and earned his PhD from Rutgers.