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Hardtack and Software: Topic Modeling in Civil War Newspapers

Robert K. Nelson, Ph.D.
University of Richmond
MITH Conference Room
Thursday, October 4, 2012
12:30 pm

During the Civil War, newspaper editors in the Union and Confederacy were called upon to help motivate their male readers to die and to kill for their respective countries. This presentation will present some preliminary research that uses topic modeling to analyze how and when these editors used patriotism and nationalism to convince men to

By | 2016-07-13T11:04:38+00:00 Tue, Oct 4, 2011|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|

Computational Historiography in a Century of Classics Journals

David Minmo
David Mimno, Ph.D.
Princeton University
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
12:30 pm

What do you do with a book? Until recently, this has not been a difficult question, but the creation of massive databases of digitized documents has begun to enable researchers to explore new possibilities. Text can be seen not just as words to be read but as data to be measured. In this dialog, Mimno

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:10+00:00 Tue, Sep 27, 2011|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|

Large Scale Text Analysis in the Digital Humanities: Methods and Challenges

Aditi Muralidharan
Aditi Muralidharan
University of California, Berkeley
MITH Conference Room
Friday, September 2, 2011
12:30 pm

To tackle increasingly large digitized archives of text, the digital humanities community has responded with an avid interest in text mining and visualization. Everywhere one looks these days, computer scientists are bringing text analysis to humanities scholars with tutorials, workshops, and toolkits. Nevertheless, crucial information is being lost in translation. If text analysis toolkits are

By | 2016-07-13T11:03:29+00:00 Tue, Sep 20, 2011|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|

The Googlization of Surveillance

Siva Vaidhyanathan
Siva Vaidhyanathan, Ph.D.
University of Virginia
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
12:30 pm

Who is watching? Why should we worry? These questions, among others, are asked by SIVA VAIDHYANATHAN, Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia, in his recently published tome The Googlization of Everything — and Why We Should Worry. Using Google Street View as the prime example and case study, Dr. Vaidhyanathan explores the

By | 2016-08-08T16:02:38+00:00 Tue, May 3, 2011|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|

Diggable Data, Scalable Reading, and New Humanities Scholarship

Seth Denbo
Neil Fraistat
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
12:30 pm

In his 2005 book, Franco Moretti aims to open “a new front of discussion” by calling for a “distant reading” of texts in the pursuit of literary history. Abstraction in the form of the Graphs, Maps and Trees of the book’s title, he argues, reduces the number of elements in focus, providing a “sharper sense

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:11+00:00 Tue, Apr 26, 2011|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|

Player Piano: Mechanizing the Humanities

James Smith
MITH, University of Maryland
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
12:30 pm

Using music and imagery, James Smith considers what it means to compute the humanities. From recognizing faces to understanding music to reading text, the pace at which we experience media impacts how we understand it. The speed with which we compute determines how we interpret our computation, from simply pushing buttons to get a particular

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:11+00:00 Tue, Apr 19, 2011|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|

Teaching Machines to Read Milton: Natural Language Processing Challenges for Literary and Historical Texts

Travis Brown
MITH, University of Maryland
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
12:30 pm

Many popular natural language processing techniques and tools rely on annotated training corpora to learn models that can be used to process new data from a similar domain. We can train a parser on Wall Street Journal text from the Penn Treebank, for example, and expect it to perform reasonably well on recent blog posts

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:11+00:00 Tue, Mar 29, 2011|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|

The International Amateur Scanning League, Unlocking the Federal Archives One Work at a Time

Thomas Gideon
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
12:30 pm

The federal government has produced and continues to produce a staggering amount of material, most of which is released directly into the public domain. The policies and processes for providing broad access in the age of the internet are still catching up both to that volume and new technologies. Experiments in public-private partnerships have been

By | 2016-07-21T15:02:34+00:00 Tue, Mar 15, 2011|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|

Playworlds: Rule Systems & Relational Art

Mary Flanagan
Mary Flanagan, Ph.D.
Dartmouth College
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
12:30 pm

In this talk, Dr. Mary Flanagan presents games and artworks that function to create emergent values among both designers and players. Arguing that agency is a key concept to designing play systems, Flanagan explores games, values, and the conceptual concerns inherent in the rule systems that constitute contemporary play, especially focusing on the implications of

By | 2016-07-21T15:01:45+00:00 Tue, Mar 8, 2011|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|

Stop Being Polite and Start Getting Real: Professional Education for Professional Humanists

Tim Carmody
Tim Carmody, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvannia
MITH Conference Room
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
12:30 pm

We’ve generally done everything we can in the humanities to ignore that a PhD is a every bit as much a professional degree as a degree in law, medicine, educational administration, information science, or business. The irony is that explicit training in the professional tools employed by professors, would actually make PhDs who end up

By | 2016-07-21T15:00:55+00:00 Tue, Mar 1, 2011|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues|