Polonsky Foundation Public Lectures in Digital Humanities

These events are open to the public; registration is not required. All workshops will be held in Bobst Library’s Avery Fisher Center. Attendees without an NYU ID card should enter at the guard’s desk in the library’s atrium.

Follow the links below for more information.

Molly O’Hagan Hardy: The Presence of the Past April 2nd, 5-6:30pm
With examples from the eighteenth-century transatlantic book trade as represented in library catalogs and content databases, Molly O’Hagan Hardy will examine time’s traces in the archives and how such traces can be re-conceived or eclipsed in digital humanities projects.

Miriam Posner: Head-and-Shoulder-Hunting in the Americas May 28th, 1-2:30pm
Between 1936 and 1967, Walter Freeman, a prominent neurologist, lobotomized as many as 3,500 Americans. In this presentation, Miriam Posner will detail her efforts to understand why Freeman was so devoted to this practice, using computer-assisted image-mining and -analysis techniques.

Mark Algee-Hewitt June 4th, 1-2:30pm
This talk explores the meaning behind the practical aspects of Digital Humanities analyses and probes the delicate balance we maintain as we apply the critical methodologies of the humanities to the algorithmically derived, statistically significant data that lies behind our results.

Jennifer Giuliano: Humanities Infrastructure versus the Digital Humanities June 9th, 1-2:30pm
This lecture will explore the ways in which digital humanities and its associated research projects have challenged the often-overlapping, but frequently problematic, technical and social architectures of the academy.