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24 Apr 2017 The Marriage of Philology and Media: Two 1960's Media Archeologies, w/ Jeffrey Schnapp (Harvard University) lecture
Jeffrey Schnapp is the founder/faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. At Harvard, he serves as Professor of Romance Literatures and Comparative Literature in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, is on the teaching faculty in the Department of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and is affiliated with the Critical Media Practice program in Visual and Environmental Studies.

04 Apr 2017 Leigh Hunt, Textual Studies, and Digital Humanities lecture
This lecture by Prof. Michael E. Sinatra, Université de Montréal, will investigate the complex politics of authorial revisions and reception history of Hunt’s 1850 and 1860 ‘autobiography', with specific references to the newspaper ‘The Examiner'.

06 Mar 2017 The Various Tagore: The Making Of A Database lecture
In this lecture, Prof. Sukanta Chaudhuri will present Bichitra, the Online Variorum of the works of Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore’s works in Bengali and English run to 36 large volumes. He revised them extensively before and after publication: there might be a dozen or more versions of a work to take into account.

24 Feb 2017 Digital Amati: Structure and Interpretation of Classical String Instruments lecture
Harry Mairson, professor of computer science, Brandeis University, and amateur violoncello maker, has conducted research on type systems in programming languages and their relation to problems in logic and complexity theory. In this lecture, he introduces the Digital Amati Project which explores the structure, interpretation, and making of stringed instruments, and how modern software can be used to represent historical practices of instrument design. The lecture discusses digital humanities tools, and the creative work done with them, and will be of interest to historians, musicologists, practitioners of digital humanities, and makers.

16 Feb 2017 Rediscovering Words and Worlds: Arabic Script Collections at Columbia University conference
The 3-day workshop is set to take place on February 16-18, 2017 at Columbia University. Professor Sabine Schmidtke from the Institute for Advanced Study will conduct a keynote lecture on Thursday, Feb. 16.

10 Feb 2017 Electronic Device Security at the Border teach-in
As part of our ongoing, "Technologies of Dissent" series (in partnership with the Electronic Frontiers Alliance), this teach-in will introduce you to best practices for securing your devices and protecting your online and offline privacy while crossing international borders. No prior experience is necessary. Event open to the public.

10 Feb 2017 Advanced Text Analysis with SpaCy and Scikit-Learn workshop
This workshop is an introduction to the Python module SpaCy, a new library for natural language processing written in Cython, and Scikit-Learn, a library for machine learning. It is intended for intermediate to advanced Python programmers who are familiar with natural language processing suites such as the NLTK, and who are ready to explore next-generation tools. We will cover advanced topics such as word embeddings, dependency parsing, and machine learning.

27 Jan 2017 Version Control for Textual Criticism w/ Dennis Tenen and Pamela Smith workshop
Join us for our regular "Version Control for Textual Criticism" workshop tomorrow (Friday, Jan 27th) from 2-4pm at Butler Studio (Butler 208b). We'll be learning the basics of Git version control system---a powerful way to organize and keep track of your documents, write collaboratively, engineer textual interfaces, and keep the labor of writing together visible. No prior experience is required.

20 Jan 2017 Command Line Interfaces for Textual Criticism w/ Dennis Tenen and Pamela Smith workshop
Command line interfaces are an essential building block of all computer-mediated research and design activity. It is also a good way to "dip your toes in" basic coding proficiency. No prior experience is necessary. Sitting is limited.

02 Dec 2016 the caribbean digital III conference
Over the course of this day of multiform panel presentations, we will engage critically with the digital as praxis, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities presented by the media technologies that evermore intensely reconfigure the social, historical, and geo-political contours of the Caribbean and its diasporas.

01 Dec 2016 In the Same Boats: Toward an Intellectual Cartography of the Afro-Atlantic workshop
This work of multimodal scholarship consists of a series of interactive maps that trace the movement of seminal intellectuals of Africa, the Caribbean and the wider Americas throughout the Atlantic world. The objective of this project is to chart the extent to which Caribbean, US-American, Latino, European, and African cultural actors have been in both punctual and sustained conversation with one another: attending the same conferences, publishing with the same journals and presses, active in the same political groups, elbow-to-elbow in the same Parisian cafés and on the same planes---literally and metaphorically in the same boats---as they circulate throughout the diverse spaces of the Americas, Africa, and Europe. By rendering visually the points of spatio-temporal and textual intersection among these figures, In the Same Boats will provide a rich, open-access platform from which to explore the emergence, so often overlapping, of key black Atlantic literary, cultural and political constructs.

08 Nov 2016 Empowering Reason w/ Errikos Pitsos, CEO of encounter
Join us for a talk about online democracy and deliberation with Errikos Pitsos, founder of, a platform for "empowering reason" and "where people with opposing views can meet and understand each other's thinking."

04 Jul 2016 Knowledge Architectures: Mumbai conference
We are so pleased you will be joining us for the upcoming workshop and meeting, Knowledge Architectures, in Mumbai from July 4th through July 6th at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

17 Sep 2015 Johanna Drucker encounter
How can we model temporal relations and chronologies without a standard Cartesian grid as the ground?

12 May 2015 Bodies Under Algorithm panel
Who sets the terms and conditions governing our digital lives?

07 May 2015 Nepal Mapathon for Earthquake Relief mapathon
Come help with relief efforts on the ground in Nepal by contributing your time to open-source mapping.

06 May 2015 Barbara Herrnstein Smith lecture
Since the 1940s, invocations of "close reading" (however understood) have figured centrally in controversies over new methodological developments in literary studies.

10 Apr 2015 d3.js w/ Emily Fuhrman workshop
At the root of complex interactive visualizations are simple, data-driven shapes. This workshop will provide a basic introduction to the D3.js JavaScript library, and will walk participants through the steps necessary to use data to control and customize the visual attributes of elements in a browser. Included will be an overview of JavaScript data types, an introduction to JSON, and a summary of the D3 enter-update-exit pattern: the building blocks from which to build scalable, dynamic visualizations for a range of contexts.

08 Apr 2015 Rens Bod lecture
The common wisdom that the humanities are moving towards science when they search for patterns is mistaken. Instead, the search for patterns has been a continuous line in the humanities from Antiquity onwards.

07 Apr 2015 Eben Moglen encounter
Universities were the freest places in human society to compute—and therefore to read, communicate and learn—from the beginning of computing until yesterday. They are no longer. Mostly, you did it to yourselves. Some of it is being done to you. In this post-Snowden talk, Eben Moglen, founder of the Software Freedom Law Center and Professor at Columbia Law School, will discuss what has happened, why you should not want to live this way one millisecond longer, and how you can begin to reclaim your technological freedom in order to safeguard your political liberty.

27 Mar 2015 Bitcoin Basics w/ Ben Doernberg workshop
Bitcoin and Dogecoin veteran Ben Doernberg will lead this entry-level workshop on the basics of bitcoin for writers, journalists, and the general public. After an overview of key concepts we'll go step-by-step through the process of installing a bitcoin wallet and receiving a payment, so please bring a laptop or smartphone! Next we'll cover best practices for buying, securing, and using bitcoin. The final portion of the workshop will be focused on journalism- and author-specific applications for bitcoin technology, including micropayments/tips/donations, paywalls and access controls, and more sophisticated use-cases on the horizon.

25 Mar 2015 John MacFarlane encounter
Workshop on pandoc, a tool for authoring academic documents using plain text, by its author John MacFarlane, chair of philosophy at University of California, Berkeley

04 Mar 2015 Christiane Frey lecture
The emergence of the discourse of modern science from a language of natural philosophy was not yet subject to the modern divide between 'poetic' and 'scientific' forms of knowledge.

27 Feb 2015 Small Axe Archipelagos agile publishing

18 Feb 2015 Nadia Altschul lecture
On the methodological assumptions of philology and some of its colonial underpinnings, as well as the connections between digital humanities and this core method in humanities research.

10 Dec 2014 Chad Wellmon lecture
We need a history and vision of the humanities capacious enough to see them not as a particular method or set of disciplines but as a disposition, as a way of engaging the world.

17 Nov 2014 Jo Guldi workshop
How do you summarize millions of books with a single tool?

14 Nov 2014 A Digital Critical Edition for the Making and Knowing Project encounter
Using grad student lab notes, make a richly annotated, open access critical edition of an early modern 'book of secrets' containing technical recipes and working notes.