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Event Reviews

Event reviews cover NYC metro area digital humanities talks, workshops, conferences, and more. Reviews are posted by students within one week of an event and reflect on the significance of the event for the field.

“The Shape of History: Reimagine 19th Century Data Visualization” by Lauren Klein at Columbia University

Professor Lauren Klein of Georgia Institute of Technology conducted a talk on “The Shape of History: Reimagine 19th Century Data Visualization.” In her lecture she examines the history of data visualization through various visualization pioneers such as Elizabeth Peabody (1804-1894), William Playfair (1759-1832), Emma Willard, and Joseph Priestley. Professor Lauren Klein aimed to demonstrate the relevance of data visualization in a historical sense in today’s visualizations. Klein also discusses her own personal works with Elizabeth P. Peabody’s mural charts and the advances within her project.

“Digital Accessibility and the Making of a Meta Maker Movement” A Talk by Dr. Joshua Miele hosted by GC Digital Initiatives at The Graduate Center, CUNY on Thursday, October 20, 2016

On Thursday, October 20 at 6:30pm, Dr. Joshua Miele, of the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, gave a talk on “Digital Accessibility and the Making of a Meta Maker Movement” at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Dr. Miele was invited by GC Digital Initiatives to discuss the fundamental understanding of accessibility within the maker movement, and the work he and his team has done to provide blind makers the necessary tools and resources they need to help design their own tools in order to engage in the maker movement. Dr. Miele emphasised the significance of collaboration between blind and sighted people, and the inclusion of blind people throughout the design process and in the management and running of an accessible makerspace.

NYU Center for the Humanities hosts “Distracted Reading: Acts of Attention in the Age of the Internet” event on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The NYU Center for the Humanities held an event entitled “Distracted Reading: Acts of Attention in the Age of the Internet”on Tuesday September 27 at 6 p.m. that addressed the concept of “distracted reading,” or the idea that students’ attention is being diverted to technology rather than their class work. Speakers at the event, which was moderated by Marion Thain, Associate…

Event Review of Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative Lecture

Sara Sheer Event Review   Summary: Professor Robert Englund of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) gave a lecture on the digitization of cuneiform texts. He described how the tablets had been scanned, then transcribed, translated, transliterated and annotated into machine-readable-code. This data was then organized into databases for the benefit of researchers. The geographic dispersal of cuneiform texts and…

“Specialization and Diversity in Dutch and Flemish Printmaking,” a lecture by Matthew Lincoln, The Frick Collection, April 7, 2016

In his lecture “Specialization and Diversity in Dutch and Flemish Printmaking: A Computational Approach,” PhD candidate Matthew Lincoln explored two separate but related questions pertaining to sixteenth- and seventeenth-century  Dutch and Flemish printmaking and painting. As part of the Frick Collection’s Digital Art History Lab lecture series, both parts of the lecture addressed how the study of art history can…

“Immersive Narratives: Advertising, Engagement, and Storytelling,” Panel Presented by CUNY

The Immersive Narratives: Advertising, Engagement, and Storytelling panel was held at Baruch’s Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 7, 2016. It featured three panelists—two from within the advertising industry, and one media professor. At the heart of the presentations and discussions was the concept of immersion and participation in media—how viewers and consumers are no longer just passive audience members.…

Open Source, Web-Based Teaching and the Digital Humanities: “Critical Approaches to Teaching With Web-based Technologies,” Workshop Provided by CUNY Teaching & Learning Center

EVENT IN BRIEF The workshop “Critical Approaches to Teaching With Web-based Technologies,” run by Andrew G. McKinney of the CUNY Graduate Center’s Teaching & Learning Center, centered around the exploration and implementation of non-proprietary, web technologies for educational purposes. We discussed important technologies, resources, and concepts such as WordPress, blogs, digital assignment hybridization, educational crowdsourcing, and online community engagement, as well…

“At The Edge of the Network: Undersea Cables and Deep Infrastructure”, a presentation by Nicole Starosielski for CUNY Graduate Center

At this CUNY Graduate Center event, digital humanist Nicole Starosielski discussed her recent book The Undersea Network and the GIS project that she developed alongside it. The project,, comprises a network of annotated cable landing locations in a manner that allows a user to explore the way signals travel throughout the network of cables that run through and around the Pacific ocean. In addition to demonstrating the project, Starosielski discussed constructing network layers and edges, displaying cultural context in a dynamic mapping context, and the role that ecological identity can play in the development of information networks.