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An Introduction to DH Theory Tue. December 2nd, 2014
1:30 pm-1:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event

458_Allison_Schifani_06This talk will offer a general introduction to the theoretical debates in the field of digital humanities in addition to exploring some of the ways digital practitioners have used their skills and projects to advocate for the humanities across disciplines.

 

 

 

 

 

 


About the speaker

Allison Schifani

 

458_Allison_Schifani_01Allison Schifani received her PhD from the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature at the University of California,

Screening of “The Unknown Known” Mon. December 1st, 2014
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

446_none_06Errol Morris’ documentary — a riveting extended interview with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld — is a cat-and-mouse game in which each player – interviewer & interviewee – thinks he’s the cat, making it both thrilling and disconcerting to watch. It is also a nature documentary about behavior at the very top of the imperial food chain, as well as a detective story about the search for a mystery that is hidden in plain sight. Morris weaves the central interview through archival footage, poetic images, and an evocative musical score — all of which makes for a powerful work of cinema.

Faculty Work-in-Progress: Electric Baton: Science, Sound, and the Romantic Conductor Thu. November 20th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

445_Francesca_Brittan_06Hector Berlioz — along with Louis Spohr and Felix Mendelssohn — is often cited as the first of the modern conductors, a larger-than-life figure at once magisterial, quasi-magical and military. Among the formative moments of his conducting career was his concert at the Exposition universelle (Paris, 1855), which established him as a musical leader of formidable power. Key to Berlioz’s success was a new wedding of music with technology: the implementation of an “electric baton.” Francesca Brittan — associate professor of Music — will explore the nature of his device and, more broadly, the ways in which electricity and telegraphy emerged as factors central to romantic notions of conducting.

DH in the Classroom: A Primer Tue. November 18th, 2014
1:00 am-1:00 am

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event

457_Lee_Zickel_06In this general discussion and presentation of a broad range of digital humanist tools, this workshop will offer instructors, faculty and graduate students an overview of technology that can be integrated into humanist pedagogy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


About the speakers

Lee Zickel

Lee has developed, proposed, and been accepted to a Multidisciplinary PhD program that combines Information Systems and Organizational Behavior with Cognitive Linguistics.

Metamorphoses of Medea Fri. November 14th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

 

A Baker-Nord Cosponsored Event

 

448_Mary_Kay_Gamel_06“Killer!” “Barbarian!” “Witch!” “Madwoman!” “Heroine!” Ever since Euripides staged his drama Medea in 431 BCE Athens — a play about marital passion, betrayal, and explosive revenge — the character of Medea has been called all these names and much more. Distinguished professor of Classics, Mary-Kay Gamel, will explore how Medea has been depicted in drama, poetry, visual art, music, and film, asking “What makes this figure so fascinating?” And how — even in our era in which graphic violence is prevalent throughout our media — the play continues to intrigue,

Exhibits & Collections Thu. November 13th, 2014
1:00 am-1:00 pm

A Co-presented Digital Humanities Event

A general introduction for students, faculty, and staff to the processes of digitizing text and images, building collections/exhibits/archives using the Omeka platform, and writing Dublin Core metadata for the items contained therein. Essential for researchers whose work is archival and visual.


About the speakers

Leigh Bonds

Leigh Bonds serves as the Digital Research Services Librarian. In addition to her duties as a reference and subject librarian, she supports faculty and student digital scholarship production, project management, and data curation. She holds PhD in English with specialization in nineteenth-century British literature,

The Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture: Across Art and Architecture Thu. November 13th, 2014
1:00 am-1:00 am

Using examples from her own creative practice, Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan, will discuss the ever-shifting relationship between artistic production and the architectural project. At the center of the lecture she tackles pre-conceived notions about design, creativity, and the power of imagination.


About the speaker

Monica Ponce de Leon

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Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA, was appointed Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning of University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in September,

Shakespeare in America Wed. November 5th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

444_James_Shapiro_06Shakespeare has played a significant role in American literary and political culture since the time of the Revolution. Drawing upon his recent anthology for the Library of America — “Shakespeare in America”– James Shapiro, Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, considers the alternative history of our nation conveyed in the work of representative American authors, exploring how Shakespeare has served a means to confront some of the issues that have long divided us as a nation.

This lecture, in memory of Walter A. Strauss (1923-2008), who was the Elizabeth and William T.

What Can We Learn about Language by Reading Millions of Books? Thu. October 30th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

A Faculty Works-In-Progress

443_Harsh_Mathur_06The dramatic growth of linguistic corpora enables the quantitative study of language on a scale that would have been unimaginable even five years ago. In this talk, Harsh Mathur, Associate Professor of Physics, will describe what we might learn about the evolution of language from such studies, using the regularization of verbs as a concrete example.

 

 

 

 


 

About the speaker

Harsh Mathur

443_Harsh_Mathur_01Harsh Mathur is an Associate Professor of Physics at Case Western Reserve University.

Digital Project Management Fri. October 24th, 2014
12:30 pm-3 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event

452_Martha_Nell_Smith_06This presentation will propose a transformation of the digital humanities so that innovations are sociological and not only technical. Martha Nell Smith — Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and Professor of English at the University of Maryland and Founding Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities — will offer critical observations re digital archives related to the poems of Emily Dickinson. These examples will be used to recommend ways in which methods generated by feminist critical theory can advance the work of digital humanities, scholarly editing, and information studies. Professor Smith will argue that the frozen social relations of old critical orders can and should be thawed in order to enable sociological innovations,

TEI Without Tech: An Introduction to TEI Concepts Thu. October 23rd, 2014
1 pm-3 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event

 

451_Lee_Zickel_06Text encoding allows researchers to closely explore texts using the XML mark-up language. Prior to processing the works they want to examine, tagging parts of speech, themes, places, characters, historical figures and more, scholars work to understand the key questions that undergird material texts as they are transformed into machine readable data. What are the important markers on a manuscript, text, or image? What does the visual layout of the text do to or for readers? Who are the speaking and writing voices in a text? What function does the layout have?

Visibility, Exclusion, and Futures of Digital Humanities: Time for a Thaw Thu. October 23rd, 2014
6 pm-7 pm

 

 

 

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event

442_Martha_Nell_Smith_06This presentation will propose a transformation of the digital humanities so that innovations are sociological and not only technical. Martha Nell Smith — Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and Professor of English at the University of Maryland and Founding Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities — will offer critical observations re digital archives related to the poems of Emily Dickinson. These examples will be used to recommend ways in which methods generated by feminist critical theory can advance the work of digital humanities,

I Do and I Don’t: A Discussion of Marriage in the Movies Mon. October 13th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

441_Jeanine_Basinger_06As long as there have been feature movies there have been marriage movies, and yet Hollywood has always been cautious about how to label them–perhaps because, unlike any other genre of film, the marriage movie resonates directly with the experience of almost every adult coming to see it. Jeanine Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, founder and curator of the Wesleyan Cinema Archives, and Chair of the Film Studies Department at Wesleyan University. traces the many ways Hollywood has tussled with this tricky subject, explicating the relationships of countless marriages in the movies.

 

 

What is College For? Thu. October 2nd, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

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Educators at all levels–from early childhood through college and university– are contending with rising public anxiety about the cost and value of education. Andrew Delbanco, Director of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and author of College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be?, will speak about the past, present, and future of a distinctive institution that is under growing pressure: the American college.

How well are we doing at helping students become active citizens and fulfilled human beings–and how can we do better? How best to teach in the digital age?

Screening of “The Square” Mon. September 22nd, 2014
6 pm-8 pm

439_none_06A nominee for best documentary feature at the 2014 Oscars, The Square is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deep into the intense emotional drama of the ongoing Egyptian Revolution. The film – an inspirational vibrant, lyrical, sobering account of young people struggling through multiple forces, in the fight to create a society of conscience – stands as a soaring testament to both aesthetic and political expression.

 

The film will be introduced by Pete Moore, Associate Professor of Political Science, CWRU.

 

 

 

 

An Afternoon with Anthony Marra Wed. September 10th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

438_Anthony_Marra_06Author Anthony Marra will read from and discuss “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena”, winner of the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction. His novel – set in a nearly abandoned hospital in war-torn Chechnya – tells the story of eight-year-old girl Havaa, the neighbor who rescues her after her father’s disappearance, and Sonia, the doctor who shelters her over five dramatic days in December 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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About the speaker

Anthony Marra

In addition to the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction,

The Historical and the Metaphysical in George Oppens’ “Route” Fri. October 18th, 2013
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

Robert Baker’s fields of interest are modern poetry from the romantic period through the present, twentieth-century and contemporary literature, and the relationships among literature, philosophy, and religion. His first book, “The Extravagant: Crossings of Modern Poetry and Modern Philosophy,” includes detailed discussions of Kant, Wordsworth, Lyotard, Rimbaud, Nietzsche, Bataille, Kierkegaard, Dickinson, Mallarme, and Derrida. His second book, “In the Dark Again in Wonder: The Poetry of Rene Char and George Oppen”, is a study of two late modernist poets, both of whom were fully engaged in the political upheavals of the 1930s and 1940s.


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