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“Digital Public Humanities” Panel

March 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a two-hour panel, featuring four scholars who work in the digital public humanities: Caroline Klibanoff, MIT Museum; Jim McGrath, Brown University; and Roopika Risam, Salem State University, and Alex Gil, Columbia University, of the Torn Apart / Separados project. This project “aggregates and cross-references publicly available data to visualize the geography of Donald Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy in 2018 and immigration incarceration in the USA in general.”

Each scholar will present on their current projects and talk about how these connect with the growing field of digital public humanities. Following the presentations, there will be time for questions and discussion.

Alex Gil is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Columbia University Libraries. He collaborates with faculty, students and library professionals leveraging computational and network technologies in humanities research, pedagogy and knowledge production. He focuses on experimental and mobilized humanities; minimal computing, Caribbean digital studies, and the poetry of Aimé Césaire.



Caroline Klibanoff is a public historian focused on storytelling, engagement and strategy in the digital space. She is currently a project manager for exhibitions at the MIT Museum, coordinating efforts to open a museum in Kendall Square in 2021.




Jim McGrath is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Public Humanities at Brown University. He is on Twitter @JimMc_Grath.



Roopika Risam is an Assistant Professor of English and the Faculty Fellow for Digital Library Initiatives at Salem State University, where she also serves as Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies, Coordinator of the Combined B.A./M.Ed. in English Education, and Interim Coordinator of the M.A. in English. Her research interests lie at the intersections of postcolonial and African diaspora studies, humanities knowledge infrastructures, digital humanities, and new media. Her first monograph, New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy, was published by Northwestern University Press in 2018. She is co-editing two volumes: Intersectionality in Digital Humanities with Barbara Bordalejo for Arc Humanities Press and The Digital Black Atlantic with Kelly Baker Josephs for the Debates in the Digital Humanities series (University of Minnesota Press). Along with Carol Stabile, she is co-director of Reanimate, an intersectional feminist publishing collective recovering archival writing by women in media activism. Currently, she is co-chair of the Association for Computers and the Humanities 2019 conference. Additionally, she recently received the Massachusetts Library Association’s Civil Liberties Champion Award for her work promoting equity and justice in the digital cultural record.

Co-sponsored with the Northeastern University Humanities Center.

This event is free and open to the public, but if you are not a member of the Northeastern community, please email Sarah Connell (sa.connell[at]northeastern[dot]edu) to RSVP.


March 21, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


909 Renaissance Park
Boston, MA United States


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