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March 2017

Panel: Feminist Methods in Digital Spaces

March 13, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Snell Library (Room 90, Basement), 360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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A panel and discussion featuring: Moya Bailey, Assistant Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Northeastern University Carla Brodley, Professor and Dean of the College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University Gillian Smith, Assistant Professor of Game Design, Northeastern University Jacqueline Wernimont, founding co-Director of the HS Collab and Assistant Professor of English, Arizona State University. This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP by emailing Sarah Connell (sa.connellnortheasternedu) or by filling out…

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Talk: From One Drop to One Percent: The Impact of DNA Ancestry Tests on the Worldview of White Supremacists

March 13, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
909 Renaissance Park Boston, MA United States + Google Map

A talk by Joan Donovan, Postdoctoral Fellow at The UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Title: From One Drop to One Percent: The Impact of DNA Ancestry Tests on the Worldview of White Supremacists About the Speaker: Advances in population genetics and the direct-to-consumer marketing of DNA ancestry tests are challenging how groups fashion and maintain their identities. Most commonly, researchers focus on how Native Americans and African Americans’…

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Workshop: Building Digital Feminist Communities

March 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States
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*This event has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 15 12–2pm in the Digital Scholarship Commons. Please email Sarah Connell to RSVP; lunch will be provided, so please include any allergies or dietary needs in your RSVP*  Jacqueline Wernimont, founding co-Director of the HS Collab and assistant professor of English at Arizona State University will host a workshop on “Building Digital Feminist Communities.” This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP by emailing Sarah Connell (sa.connellnortheasternedu).    

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Conference: Keeping the Public Sphere Open

March 24, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
310 Renaissance Park Boston, MA United States + Google Map

On March 24, the NULab will be hosting its first annual conference, showcasing the work of faculty, fellows, alumni, and research collaborators. The conference will include a range of panels and talks, all organized around the theme: “Keeping the Public Sphere Open.” The keynote address will be delivered by Peter Levine, Associate Dean and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life and Director of CIRCLE (The Center for Information and…

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April 2017

Info Session on the Post Doc Experience

April 3, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States
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Are you applying for a postdoctoral position in the next year, or simply interested in learning more about the postdoc experience? On Monday April 3rd from noon-1 PM, Moya Bailey, Sarah Connell, and Northeastern alumna Alicia Peaker will be sharing their experiences as postdocs. The discussion will be held in the Media Lounge in Snell Library’s Digital Scholarship Commons. This info session is part of an ongoing series of professionalization events organized by the NULab Fellows.

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Workshop: Introduction to TEI Customization

April 7, 2017 @ 9:00 am - April 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
422 Snell Library, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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Since the release in 2007 of the most recent version of TEI (P5), TEI users have had a very different relationship to the TEI Guidelines. Unlike previous versions, TEI P5 does not exist in a “default” or “vanilla” state: any TEI schema used in a text encoding project must be generated from the TEI source and involves some degree of choice and selection. When properly planned, the TEI customization process can make a huge difference to the efficiency of a…

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Marc Priewe: “Tracing Early American Captivity Narratives”

April 10, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States
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This Monday, April 10th, the DSG and NULab will be hosting a special event!  We will have a research chat with Professor Marc Priewe from the University of Stuttgart. Professor Priewe is the head of American Studies at Stuttgart and the German PI on the new Digging into Data project, "Oceanic Exchanges." He will be joining us to talk about “Tracing Early American Captivity Narratives” and his recent work on creating a digital archive of American captivity narratives. This event will take place in…

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Workshop: Introduction to RELAX NG and Schema Planning

April 13, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States
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This is an informal WWP workshop held on two dates (April 13 and 20); please email wwpnortheasternedu if you would like to attend. For more on RELAX NG, please see: http://relaxng.org/

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Workshop: Gephi

April 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
422 Snell Library, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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Join Devin Gaffney for a workshop on Gephi hosted by the NULab Fellows. Before this workshop, please make sure that you have Gephi installed on your laptop and confirm it starts up on your computer after installing. Check https://gephi.org/users/install/ if you’re having issues. 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.connellnortheasternedu) to register.

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Workshop: Introduction to RELAX NG and Schema Planning

April 20, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States
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This is an informal WWP workshop held on two dates (April 13 and 20); please email wwpnortheasternedu if you would like to attend. For more on RELAX NG, please see: http://relaxng.org/

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Information Session on Graduate DH Certificate

April 27, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States
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Northeastern Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate Program: Accepting Applications for 2017–18 Interested in graduate work in Digital Humanities?  Do you have students interested in pursuing graduate work in DH and working with faculty and students at the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks?  Northeastern University offers an interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities for students enrolled in any graduate program at Northeastern.  Applications for master’s programs in fields including English, Public History, and Journalism: Media Innovation (with a Fall 2017 start…

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July 2017

J. Nathan Matias, “CivilServant: Citizen Science Infrastructures for Governing Human and Machine Behavior in an Experimenting Society”

July 6, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
11th Floor, 177 Huntington, 177 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States

CivilServant: Citizen Science Infrastructures for Governing Human and Machine Behavior in an Experimenting Society J. Nathan Matias, MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media We live in a culture that depends on technologies to record our behavior and coordinate our actions with billions of other connected people. Some of these actions perpetuate deep-seated injustices by humans and machines. Our abilities to observe and intervene in other people’s lives also allow us to govern, forcing us to ask how to govern…

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Information Session on Graduate DH Certificate

July 20, 2017 @ 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States
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Northeastern Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate Program: Accepting Applications for 2017–18 Interested in graduate work in Digital Humanities?  Do you have students interested in pursuing graduate work in DH and working with faculty and students at the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks?  Northeastern University offers an interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities for students enrolled in any graduate program at Northeastern.  Applications for master’s programs in fields including English, Public History, and Journalism: Media Innovation (with a Fall 2017 start date) will be accepted through early August;…

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September 2017

Nicholas Christakis, “Social Network Experiments”

September 25, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
11th Floor, 177 Huntington, 177 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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Human beings choose their friends, and often their neighbors, and co-workers, and we inherit our relatives; and each of the people to whom we are connected also does the same, such that, in the end, we humans assemble ourselves into face-to-face social networks with particular structures.  Why do we do this?  And how might an understanding of human social network structure and function be used to intervene in the world to make it better?  Here, I review recent research from our lab describing several classes of interventions…

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NULab and DSG Fall Welcome Event

September 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Snell Library (Room 90, Basement), 360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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NULab and DSG fall welcome with keynote speaker Roopika Risam, Salem State University, and lightning talks by faculty, staff, and graduate students RSVP required—register here. Please see the DSG Events Page for the most up-to-date information on this event.

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October 2017

Visiting Speaker Alice Marwick, “Media Manipulation & Disinformation Online”

October 3, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
346 Curry Student Center, Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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Visiting Speaker Alice Marwick, UNC Chapel Hill: "Media Manipulation & Disinformation Online." Alice E. Marwick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she researches the social, political, and cultural implications of popular social media technologies. Her current book project examines how the networked nature of online privacy disproportionately impacts marginalized individuals in terms of gender, race, and socio-economic status. Marwick is also an Advisor and Research Affiliate on…

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“Making it Digital” Workshop

October 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Alumni Center, Northeastern, 716 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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Registration for this workshop is now full, but if you would like to be added to a waiting list, please email Sarah Connell at: sa.connellnortheasternedu. A hands-on workshop for developing digital assignments, "Making it Digital" will feature lightning talks on digital assignments, followed by a hands-on session in which participants will have the opportunity to develop digital assignments of their own. No previous expertise is required and participants will be able to develop assignments and activities of all sizes, from brief in-class exercises…

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Speed Data-ing

October 31, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
342 Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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Join the NULab Fellows for “Speed Data-ing”: an event for dataset-sharing and research collaboration. 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.connellnortheasternedu) to register. Light refreshments will be served.

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November 2017

Visiting speaker Jacob Groshek, Boston University

November 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
340 Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
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"Helping populism win? Social media use, filter bubbles, and support for populist presidential candidates in the 2016 US election campaign." Abstract Undoubtedly, populist political candidates from the right and the left, including Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, changed the tenor and direction of the 2016 presidential contest in the US. Much like Barack Obama’s electoral successes that were credited at least in part to his savvy social media campaigning in 2008 and 2012, since Trump’s victory, the notion that social…

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Katy Pearce, “Socially-mediated visibility in authoritarianism”

November 6, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
340 Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
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Visiting speaker Katy Pearce, University of Washington: “Socially-mediated visibility in authoritarianism.” Increased visibility is arguably the most significant affordance of social media and a large body of scholarly work has sought to understand how individuals deal with the effects increased visibility in terms of concern for privacy as well as the ability to broadcast to wide audiences. Much of this work explores how pre-social media norms are applied, for better or worse, to socially mediated spaces. The presented projects also seek…

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Is Trump Making Investigative Reporting Great Again?

November 17, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Cabral Center, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
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Keynotes Louise Kiernan, Editor in Chief, ProPublica Illinois Eric Umansky, Deputy Managing Editor, ProPublica Panels Is there a market for investigative reporting? Tips, techniques, and tales from investigative reporters Register at: bit.ly/NUtrumpreport See the event flyer for more details.

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“Modeling Humanities Research Questions”

November 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
409 Nightingale Hall, 360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA United States
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Join the NULab Fellows for “Modeling Humanities Research Questions”: a demonstration and workshop on using topic and vector space models in humanities research. 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.connellnortheasternedu) to register. Light refreshments will be served.

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Matthew Gentzkow, “Media, Polarization, and the 2016 Election”

November 30, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
333 Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
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Visiting speaker Matthew Gentzkow, Stanford University: “Media, Polarization, and the 2016 Election.” Political divisions in America seem deeper and more intractable today than at any time in recent memory. Many have speculated that changes in media technology, including the growth of digital news and social media platforms and the diffusion of misinformation, is an important cause. I discuss recent evidence on trends in polarization among US politicians and voters, the role of digital media in driving polarization, and the role…

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Alberto Cairo, “Visual Trumpery”

November 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
West Village 020, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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Visiting speaker Alberto Cairo, University of Miami, “Visual Trumpery” This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. RSVP here. Co-Sponsored by the Journalism and Art + Design Departments

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January 2018

Vector Space Models for Humanists workshop: Basics of R and RStudio

January 29, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
422 Snell Library, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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In the first session of this two-part workshop, we'll cover the basics of setting up RStudio. No previous experience required but participants should bring their own laptops. If you are already comfortable working with RStudio, please feel free to attend just the second session. 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.connellnortheasternedu) to RSVP.

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Vector Space Models for Humanists workshop: Training and querying models with word2vec

January 30, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
422 Snell Library, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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In the second session of this two-part workshop, we'll discuss training and querying models with word2vec in RStudio. No previous experience is required but participants should bring their own laptops and those who have not worked with RStudio in the past should make sure to attend the first session on January 29. 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.connellnortheasternedu) to RSVP.

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February 2018

“The Uses and Abuses of Proxy Data”

February 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
342 Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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Join us on February 8th for a talk by Cameron Blevins, NULab Core Faculty member. Climatologists have long used “proxy data” - tree rings, ice cores, fossil pollen, and other stand-in measurements - to recreate past climate conditions. Historians and other scholars are increasingly following suit. Large-scale digitization projects and the availability of computational tools allow us to analyze, visualize, and remix historical data for purposes that are often far removed from their original collection. At its best, proxy data…

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“Douglass Day” Transcribe-a-thon

February 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States
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Please join us for a transcribe-a-thon in celebration of Frederick Douglass! In partnership with the Digital Scholarship Group, Open Access at Snell, and the Women Writers Project, we will be hosting a local event, as part of a much larger celebration organized by the Colored Conventions Project. Here is the CCP's description for the national event: "This Valentine's Day, we invite you to a birthday party for Frederick Douglass. Although Douglass was born into bondage, and never knew his birthdate, he…

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“Computational Poetry” workshop

February 23, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
342 Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Please join us for a workshop on generating poetry, led by Mindy Seu of Harvard University and Lillian-Yvonne Bertram of UMass-Boston. Participants will learn a brief overview of generative poetry, ranging from works by Raymond Queneau of the OuLiPo to Alison Knowles of the Fluxus movement to modern-day Twitter bots. Then using Nick Montfort’s adaptation of A House of Dust, we will create poetry generators that will live on the web. The workshop will use HTML, CSS, and Javascript, but…

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The Internet Possessed: The Programs Optimizing Our Communication from the ARPANET to the Internet

February 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
346 Curry Student Center, Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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Join us on February 27th for a talk by visiting speaker Fenwick McKelvey, Concordia University. At the end of 2017, the US Federal Communications Commission passed its repeal order, "Restoring Internet Freedom," ending a brief period of Network Neutrality. The order opened a pandora’s box by allowing Internet Service Providers to install new programs—or what I call daemons—to manage their customers’ communication. Drawing on my forthcoming book, my presentation critically analyzes the evolution of these Internet daemons to optimize packet-switched…

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March 2018

Fake News Series: Kate Starbird, University of Washington

March 1, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Wexner 434, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

As part of the NULab and Shorenstein Center 2017–2018 series on fake news, information, and misinformation, Kate Starbird, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, will be speaking at Harvard University. Please see the Shorenstein Center's Events page for updates and more details.

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“Geometries of Thought: What the history of network visualizations reveals about how we think”

March 12, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
346 Curry Student Center, Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Join us on March 12th for a talk by visiting speaker Scott Weingart, Carnegie Mellon University. "Everything is connected", a generation of magazine covers shouted, proclaiming the dawn of an age of cybernetics, of information, of big data. The history of that connectivity reflects deep-seated philosophical positions which influence what and how we think. Trees and networks offer particularly compelling models through which to organize the world, and looking at their illustrations over the last thousand years provides a unique…

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“Fake News/Real Knowledge: Histories, Structures, Futures”

March 16, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Raytheon Amphitheater, 120 Forsyth Street
Boston, MA United States
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On March 16, 2018, the NULab will be hosting its second annual conference, showcasing the work of faculty, graduate students, and research collaborators. To register, please fill out this form. The keynote address will be delivered by Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Professor Benkler will deliver a talk titled: "The Architecture of Disinformation in the American Public Sphere" (abstract below).…

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“An Introduction to Omeka” workshop

March 26, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
422 Snell Library, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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In this workshop, we'll cover the basics of creating exhibits with the Omeka publication platform. Participants will learn how to upload items, create collections, and build multifaceted exhibits. We will also discuss common Omeka plugins, such as Neatline, which allows users to incorporate maps and timelines into their exhibits. Participants will be able to practice using Omeka during the workshop and we'll also discuss the pedagogical uses of Omeka. No previous experience required but participants should bring their own laptops. This…

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The Jesuit Plantation Project Redux: Activating Derived Historical Data in a Digital Environment (or, Death by Hand-Processed-Data)

March 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
440 Curry Student Center, Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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Join us on March 28th for a talk by visiting speaker Sharon Leon, Michigan State University. In 1838 Thomas Mulledy, S.J. signed his name to an agreement selling the nearly 280 enslaved persons who resided on Jesuit-owned estates in Southern Maryland to Louisiana. The sale served as the culmination of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus’s fraught experience with slaveholding in the colonial and early national period. While much historical work has been written on Jesuit slaveholding, that…

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April 2018

“Witches, Vaccines, Pizzas, and the Politics of Storytelling: Toward a Generative Model of Social Stories”

April 4, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
11th Floor, 177 Huntington, 177 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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Please join us for a talk by Professor Timothy Tangherlini of UCLA. Title: Witches, Vaccines, Pizzas, and the Politics of Storytelling: Toward a Generative Model of Social Stories ABSTRACT: In the run up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, two scandals were front and center in the American news, social media, and across the internet. “Bridgegate” was based on verifiable events related to the closure of several lanes leading to the George Washington bridge in Ft. Lee, New Jersey. “Pizzagate” was based entirely on an…

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Fake News Series: Deb Roy, MIT

April 5, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Littauer Building, Room L-130, Harvard Kennedy School

***Updated time and location: This event will be held onApril 5, 1:30-3:00 pm, Littauer Building, Room L-130*** As part of the NULab and Shorenstein Center 2017–2018 series on fake news, information, and misinformation, Deb Roy, Associate Professor at MIT, will be speaking at Harvard University. Deb Roy is an Associate Professor at MIT where he directs the Laboratory for Social Machines (LSM) based at the Media Lab. His lab explores new methods in media analytics (natural language processing, social network analysis, speech,…

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“Teacher training on the basics of Git and GitHub” workshop

April 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
440 Curry Student Center, Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115 United States

What: Teacher training on the basics of Git and GitHub Who: @mozzadrella, Instructional Designer, GitHub Education GitHub is where people build software. The platform hosts code, enables collaboration, and as a teacher, gives you deeper insight into student work. Git is a version control system, which tracks versions of your project over time. As a researcher you can document your process, work with others around data, and help your students build portfolios of work. If you are new to the…

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Fake News Series: Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard

April 12, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Wexner 434, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

As part of the NULab and Shorenstein Center 2017–2018 series on fake news, information, and misinformation, Jonathan Zittrain, Professor at Harvard University, will be speaking at Harvard University. Please see the Shorenstein Center's Events page for updates and more details.

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“Black Collectives, Black Data, and Public Imperatives” workshop and talk

April 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
346 Curry Student Center, Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Please join us for “Black Collectives, Black Data, and Public Imperatives,” a talk and workshop by Sarah Patterson and Jim Casey of the Colored Conventions Project. Casey and Patterson will discuss the rapid growth in the last five years of Black digital humanities scholarship within a longer history of radical collectives. Casey and Patterson will trace their work on the CCP around fragmentary data, invisible histories, and the protocols we can set in our shared inquiries. How might collectives today…

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Fake News Series: Brendan Nyhan, Dartmouth

April 23, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Wexner 434, Kennedy School, Harvard, 79 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

As part of the NULab and Shorenstein Center 2017–2018 series on fake news, information, and misinformation, Brendan Nyhan, Professor at Dartmouth University, will be speaking at Harvard University. Please see the Shorenstein Center's Events page for updates and more details.

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Storytelling, Archives, and Resilience

April 23, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Alumni Center, Northeastern, 716 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Save the Date: “Storytelling, Archives, and Resilience” A roundtable discussion on remembrance, commemorating five years of "Our Marathon," the Boston Bombing Digital Archive Monday April 23, 4:30pm with reception to follow Northeastern University Alumni Center "Storytelling, Archives and Resilience," marking the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, will commemorate five years of the Our Marathon digital archive and the ways in which collecting, archiving, and sharing memories can facilitate remembrance and healing. Our Marathon began as a project of…

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September 2018

NULab/DSG Fall Welcome Event

September 24, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Snell Library (Room 90, Basement), 360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Join the Digital Scholarship Group (Northeastern University Libraries) and the NULab Center for Texts, Maps and Networks (College of Social Sciences and Humanities) for our annual kickoff event! It will be in Room 90 in Snell Library on September 24 from 3 PM to 5 PM with a reception to follow. The Fall Welcome will feature a keynote speech by Dr. Monica Martinez, Stanley J. Bernstein '65 P '02 Assistant Professor of American Studies at Brown University, titled "Lives are not Metadata". Dr. Martinez is the primary investigator for Mapping…

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October 2018

Ryan Enos, “The Space Between Us”

October 1, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
11th Floor, 177 Huntington, 177 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States

The Space Between Us brings the connection between geography, psychology, and politics to life. By going into the neighborhoods of real cities, Enos shows how our perceptions of racial, ethnic, and religious groups are intuitively shaped by where these groups live and interact daily. Through the lens of numerous examples across the globe and drawing on a compelling combination of research techniques including field and laboratory experiments, big data analysis, and small-scale interactions, this timely book provides a new understanding of…

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Emily Erikson, “Companies and the Emergence of Economic Topics”

October 5, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
11th Floor, 177 Huntington, 177 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Text analysis of the corpus of English economic works from 1580 to 1720 show a shift away from religious and moral works to the topics of trade, finance, and industry. This was a significant turning point for economic thought. A database of 1,308 authors, 6,149 corporate investors, and 304 trade councilors reveals that a large and increasing proportion of texts were authored by merchants who were deeply embedded in networks of corporate investment but occupied peripheral positions in the networks…

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Kickoff Panel: Digital Storytelling

October 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
333 Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

The NULab will be holding a kickoff panel for this year's theme on "Digital Storytelling." The panelists will an interdisciplinary group of Northeastern and NULab faculty members who incorporate or study digital storytelling in their work: Michelle Borkin, Assistant Professor, Computer Science Pedro Cruz, Assistant Professor, Information Visualization Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Chair and Distinguished Professor of English, NULab Co-Director Élika Ortega, Assistant Professor, Cultures, Societies and Global Studies John Wihbey, Assistant Professor, Journalism Co-sponsored with the Northeastern University Visualization Consortium (NUVis)…

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AI, Media & the Threat to Democracy

October 12, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Raytheon Amphitheater, 120 Forsyth Street
Boston, MA United States

Event sponsored by: Northeastern University College of Arts, Media and Design, Northeastern's School of Journalism, the Northeastern College of Computer and Information Science, and the Northeastern School of Law. Location: Raytheon Amphitheater, 120 Forsyth St., Boston, MA 02115 More Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-media-the-threat-to-democracy-tickets-49862815022  Join our award-winning journalists, innovative scholars and practitioners for a conference on the impact of AI on democracy. Artificial intelligence is a potent force in media for both good and evil. It is used both to spread disinformation through social media platforms…

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Peter Dodds, “Building and using Lexical Meters to explore Happiness, Health, Public Opinion, Language, and Stories”

October 19, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
11th Floor, 177 Huntington, 177 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States

I will survey our efforts at the Computational Story Lab to quantify human stories of all kinds. I will present examples of our "lexical meters"---online, interactive instruments that use social media and other texts to quantify population rates of a wide array of human behavior such as wealth, exercise levels, obesity rates, and depression. I will cover a selection of a wide range of interrelated projects, including but not limited to: How 10 diverse natural languages entail a striking encoding…

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Digital Assignment Showcase

October 24, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
440 Curry Student Center, Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Are you interested in including digital teaching methods in your assignments and class activities? Come to the Digital Assignment Showcase on Wednesday, October 24 from 1–2pm in 440 Curry to see examples of assignments, in-class modules, and lessons that merge digital proficiencies with course objectives! There are two primary goals for this showcase: a) to demonstrate different possibilities for incorporating digital methods in classrooms across disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, and b) introduce the CSSH/NULab Digital Teaching Integration…

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Women Writers Vector Toolkit Workshop

October 30, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
422 Snell Library, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Please join us for an exciting workshop on word vector models and computational text analysis using the Women Writers Online corpus and introducing the Women Writers Vector Toolkit (WWVT). This workshop is designed for beginners, so if the words “word vector models” and “computational text analysis” are at all alarming, worry not! If you are interested in learning how to use digital methods to analyze text, this workshop will provide an introduction and help you dive in. This event is…

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“Speed Data-ing” research collaboration event

October 31, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
440 Curry Student Center, Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115 United States

This event brings together researchers and potential collaborators from different disciplines at Northeastern to discuss a range of research questions, methodologies, and datasets. Come to see what other researchers are working on and discover opportunities to grow your own work! The presenters are: Aleszu Bajak, Journalism Ryan Gallagher, Network Science Stefan McCabe, Network Science Cara Marta Messina, English Sarah Shugars, Network Science Costas Panagopoulos, Political Science If you have questions, feel free to contact Cara Messina (messina.c@husky.neu.edu) or Sarah Connell…

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November 2018

“An Introduction to GitHub” Workshop

November 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
422 Snell Library

If you are interested in best practices for organizing file structures on your computer and collaborating while coding, this workshop may be for you! This introductory, two-hour workshop is designed for beginners who are interested in learning about GitHub; all you need is a computer. GitHub is a version control repository, which means it is built to store your information and keep track of changes. It is often used to upload, save, and disseminate code; multiple contributors can work on…

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“Building a Website with Jekyll & GitHub Pages”

November 8, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States

Recently "flat HTML" website platforms have been getting lots of buzz: they load quickly, don’t have the overhead of database-driven platforms like WordPress, and are more aligned with the ideals of "minimal computing." Once a flat HTML system is set up it's remarkably easy to use, but that initial setup can be more complicated than an out-of-the-box solution like WordPress. This two- hour workshop will help you get started building a free, fast-loading professional website using a combination of GitHub…

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Sourcing Boston: A Food Security and Resilience Hackathon

November 10, 2018 @ 9:30 am - November 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Behrakis Hall 320, 30 Leon St, Boston

Event sponsored by: Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media and Design,  Northeastern University's School of Journalism, the Global Resilience Institute, Thomson Reuters Labs and RStudio Time: Saturday, November 10th, 9:30AM - 4PM, Sunday, November 11th, 10AM - 2PM Location: Behrakis Hall 320, 30 Leon St, Boston, MA More Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sourcing-boston-a-food-security-and-resilience-hackathon-tickets-50755791940https://cmsw.mit.edu/profile/nick-montfort/ Sourcing Boston: A Food Security and Resilience Hackathon Visualizing the impact of climate change and other shocks to Boston's food system How stable and just is Boston's food system? What does it look like,…

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Tropy Workshop Sessions for Faculty and Library Staff

November 13, 2018
440 Egan

On November 13th, the Digital Scholarship Group and the NULab will be hosting two workshop sessions on Tropy, a new tool for organizing and describing research photos, led by Tropy project manager and former NULab Fellow Abby Mullen. The first session will be designed for library staff and the second for faculty. Tropy comes to us from the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, also the home of Zotero and Omeka, and promises to be a leap forward for…

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Nick Montfort, “How Poetry and Computing Factor into Our Future”

November 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
909 Renaissance Park Boston, MA United States

Event sponsored by: Northeastern University’s Center for International Affairs and World Cultures and Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: 909 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02115 Sponsored By: Northeastern University’s Center for International Affairs and World Cultures and Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies Contact: internationalcenter@northeastern.edu More Information: https://cmsw.mit.edu/profile/nick-montfort/ “Us vs. Them: Taming the Biology of Otherness” Speaker Series Event Nick Montfort, Professor of Digital Media in Comparative Media Studies/Writing at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studies…

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Nil Tuzcu, “Spatial Storytelling in Urban Studies and History”

November 15, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
102 West Village G

Nil Tuzcu of the Harvard Kennedy School, Center for International Development, will be speaking at Northeastern University as part of GIS Day 2018. Spatial storytelling enables multifaceted inquires in digital humanities and urban research, where complex and multilayered information is processed and presented with the help of spatial and visual technologies. Consequently, new topics such as embodied perception, user experience and interaction, and digital reconstruction are adopted and repurposed in this emerging field. In this talk, I will introduce three projects…

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January 2019

“Introduction to Stylometry” Workshop

January 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
422 Snell Library

Please join us for an exciting introduction to stylometry, led by Molly Nebiolo, a PhD student in the History Department. If you like to (or want to) visualize textual data in a new way, this workshop is for you! While an intimidating word at first glance, stylometry is in fact a creative application to see how texts (and authors) are related to one another based on literary style. This workshop is for all levels, but a basic knowledge of R…

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February 2019

Visiting Speakers: Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika

February 7, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
909 Renaissance Park Boston, MA United States

Join us for "Punching History in the Face: how podcast journalism is challenging the dominant narrative of America’s Past," a talk by Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika, co-creators of Gimlet Media’s new Peabody award-winning history podcast “Uncivil." About Uncivil: "Uncivil brings you stories that were left out of the official history of the Civil War, ransacks America's past, and takes on the history you grew up with. We bring you untold stories about resistance, covert operations, corruption, mutiny, counterfeiting, antebellum drones,…

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Misinformation Speaker Series: Adam Berinsky, MIT

February 13, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Wexner 434AB, John F. Kennedy School of Government 

Please join us for a talk by Adam Berinsky, Mitsui Professor of Political Science, MIT; Director, MIT Political Experiments Research Lab. Bio and more information here. This event is part of the Misinformation Speaker Series, co-sponsored by the NULab and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. For updates and more details, please see here.

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“Douglass Day” Transcribe-a-thon

February 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States

Please join us next week on Valentine's Day for a read- and transcribe-a-thon in celebration of Frederick Douglass! In partnership with the Digital Scholarship Group and the Women Writers Project, the NULab will be hosting a local event in Snell Library, as part of a much larger celebration co-produced by the Colored Conventions Project at the University of Delaware and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Although Douglass was born into bondage, and never knew his birthdate, he chose to…

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“Climate Change/Crisis/Creativity” Conference

February 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Raytheon Amphitheater, 120 Forsyth Street
Boston, MA United States

Join us for a one-day conference, “Climate Change/Crisis/Creativity,” featuring lightning talks by Northeastern faculty and staff, presentations by artists whose work engages with climate change, a hands-on working session, and a keynote by Peter Burton Hanson Memorial Lecturer Bethany Wiggin, University of Pennsylvania. View the conference program here. Space is limited and registration is required; please RSVP here. Schedule 9:am: Breakfast and registration 9:15am: Welcome 9:30 to 10:15am: Lightning talks featuring: Shalanda H. Baker, Daniel O’Brien, Dietmar Offenhuber, Jennie Stephens, and John Wihbey 10:20…

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DH Student Research Series: Research Potluck

February 25, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States
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Join the Digital Scholarship Group (Northeastern University Library) and the NULab Center for Texts, Maps and Networks (College of Social Sciences and Humanities) for our first ever Research Potluck! It will be in the Digital Scholarship Commons in Snell Library 211 on Monday, February 25 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Are you the only student on your campus doing a DH project on your specific research interests? Are there others in Boston working on similar topics? Do you have a DH project proposed…

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“Map Commuting Emotion” Workshop

February 27, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States

Take a study break and learn about map theory at the same time with this fun hands-on mapping exercise! Led by Geographic Information Specialist Bahare Sanaie-Movahed, we’ll map our favorite paths to walk (or daily commute) and the emotions that accompany it. Attendees will gain an understanding of mapping practices and a creative project. This workshop will be held during the Digital Scholarship Group's Digital Humanities Open Office Hours. More information coming soon! Co-sponsored with Love Data Week and the Digital Scholarship…

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March 2019

“Viral Texts” Workshop and transcribe-a-thon

March 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
409 Nightingale Hall, 360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA United States

In this workshop, Avery Blankenship will share the research she has conducted thus far as an RA on the Viral Texts project. In particular, Blankenship will discuss a web-based tool she is developing to allow nineteenth-century scholars to contribute transcriptions of texts related to their research to the Viral Texts project. Once the transcriptions are submitted, the tool will allow scholars to receive data about the reprinting history of those texts, as discovered through Viral Texts' methods for duplicate text detection. This tool will be an…

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“Digital Public Humanities” Panel

March 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
909 Renaissance Park Boston, MA United States

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…

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“Introduction to Python for Data Analysis” Workshop

March 25, 2019
909 Renaissance Park Boston, MA United States

Please join us for this introductory workshop on using Python for data analysis led by Jason Radford, Visiting Researcher at Northeastern's Lazer Lab. The workshop time will be from 10am–12pm and 1–3pm with lunch provided during the break. More information coming soon! Space is limited, so please RSVP here. Co-sponsored with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

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Misinformation Speaker Series: Leticia Bode, Georgetown University

March 27, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Wexner 434AB, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Please join us for a talk by Leticia Bode, Associate Professor, Communication, Culture, and Technology Program, Georgetown University. Bio and more information here. This event is part of the Misinformation Speaker Series, co-sponsored by the NULab and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. For updates and more details, please see here.

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NULab Spring Conference: Digital Storytelling

March 29, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Alumni Center, Northeastern, 716 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States

On March 29, 2018, the NULab will be hosting its third annual conference, showcasing the work of faculty, graduate students, and research collaborators. The keynote address will be delivered by Jessica Marie Johnson, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the Johns Hopkins University. See here for the conference program. Space is limited and registration is required; please RSVP here. Schedule 9:30am Registration and breakfast 10am Welcome 10:10–11:15am Keynote: Jessica Marie Johnson, "All the Stars Are Closer: Galaxies of Black…

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April 2019

NULab Fellows Research Panel

April 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States

Please join us for a panel led by the 2018-2019 NULab Fellows about their year-long research projects.  Below is the list of presentations and the NULab Fellows. "The Emotional Arcs of Television" Hanyu Chwe, Network Science "Letters, Maps, and Novels: the Mackandal Text Network" Laura Johnson, English "Visualizing French Muslims" Colleen Nugent, History 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.connellnortheasternedu) to RSVP.

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Misinformation Speaker Series: Deen Freelon, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

April 17, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Wexner 434AB, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Please join us for a talk by Deen Freelon, Associate Professor, School of Media and Journalism, UNC Chapel Hill. Bio and more information here. This event is part of the Misinformation Speaker Series, co-sponsored by the NULab and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. For updates and more details, please see here.

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September 2019

NULab/DSG Visiting Scholar: Melissa Schlecht

September 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States

Please join us for a talk by visiting scholar Melissa Schlecht, University of Stuttgart. Schlecht will present her project, Eruptive Art: The Depiction of Atmospheric Anomalies after Major Volcanic Eruptions in American Artworks of the 19th Century. Her project focuses on “the reconstruction of the geographical extension of atmospheric anomalies after volcanic eruptions across the United States as well as their influence on artistic production.” Attendees will learn about the project and Schlecht’s work in both classical art history and…

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October 2019

Misinformation Speaker Series: Jaime Settle

October 2, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
11th Floor, 177 Huntington, 177 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Please join us for a talk by Professor Jaime Settle, William & Mary: "Frenemies: How Social Media Polarizes America" Abstract: Why do Americans have such animosity for people who identify with the opposing political party? In this book, the author argues that in the context of increasing partisan polarization among American political elites, the way we communicate on Facebook uniquely facilitates psychological polarization among the American public.Frenemies introduces the END Framework of social media interaction. END refers to a subset of…

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“Introduction to GitHub” Workshop

October 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States

If you are interested in best practices for organizing file structures on your computer and collaborating while coding, this workshop is for you! This introductory, two-hour workshop is designed for beginners who are interested in learning about GitHub; all you need is a computer. GitHub is a version control repository, which means it is built to store your information and keep track of changes. It is often used to upload, save, and disseminate code; multiple contributors can work on a…

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Jen Schradie and Brooke Foucault Welles

October 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Alumni Center, Northeastern, 716 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Please join us for a book discussion and signing featuring Jen Schradie, Observatoire sociologique du changement (OSC) at Sciences Po, and Brooke Foucault Welles, Northeastern University. Schradie will be discussing and signing her new book: The Revolution That Wasn’t: How Digital Activism Favors Conservatives. Foucault Welles will be discussing and signing bookplates for her forthcoming book, #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice, co-authored with Moya Bailey and Sarah J. Jackson. A light lunch will be provided. Co-sponsored with the Department of…

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NULab/DSG Visiting Scholar: Asko Nivala

October 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States

Asko Nivala, a NULab/DSG Visiting Scholar, will present his project: "Romantic Cartographies: Lived and Imagined Space in English and German Romantic Texts, 1790-1840." His project analyzes the “spatiality of Romantic texts by reconstructing geographic maps they implied.” The goals of the project include building a database of place names from these texts which can be used for spatial visualization and continued research by future scholars.  Attendees will learn about the project and Nivala’s research on the spatial networks of important places…

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NULab/DSG Fall Welcome

October 30, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Snell Library (Room 90, Basement), 360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Join the Digital Scholarship Group (Northeastern University Library) and the NULab for Texts, Maps and Networks (College of Social Sciences and Humanities) for our annual kickoff event! It will be in Room 90 in Snell Library on October 30, 3–5pm. The Scholarship Celebration will feature a keynote speech by Dr. Laura Nelson, associate professor of sociology at Northeastern University. Dr. Nelson's talk, entitled Machine Learning is Feminist, will argue that "machine learning can not only be used in feminist ways, it is, down to…

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November 2019

Misinformation Speaker Series: Miriam Metzger, University of California, Santa Barbara

November 5, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
11th Floor, 177 Huntington, 177 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Please join us for a talk by Miriam Metzger, Professor, Comm & Info Technologies, Department of Communication, UCSB. She will be presenting, "How Bad is Fake News? Motivations for Sharing Misinformation Online." Co-sponsored with the Department of Communication Studies and the Shorenstein Center.  This event is part of the Misinformation Speaker Series, co-sponsored by the NULab and the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy.  Lunch will be served before the talk at 12:30pm on the…

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Neighborhood Matters: Commemorating the Centennial of the 1919 Boston Police Strike

November 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Snell Library (Room 90, Basement), 360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115 United States

This event sponsored by Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections.  Join the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections in welcoming Joanne Riley, Interim Dean of University Libraries at University of Massachusetts Boston, to present on the work behind The 1919 Boston Police Strike Project, a collaborative crowd-fueled research project between the Boston Police Department Archives, the University of Massachusetts Boston, the Boston City Archives, volunteer researchers, and family members of men who participated in the strike. The 1919 Boston Police Strike Project aims to document and…

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GIS Day 2019

November 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Please join us as we celebrate GIS Day 2019! Research Data Services, the Digital Scholarship Group, the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, and Spatial-Relationships LLC will co-sponsor two local events as part of an international celebration of geographic information systems (GIS) technology at Snell Library. This year will mark the 20th annual GIS Day, which we will celebrate with two events. In these events, we will get together to enrich the campus map of Northeastern University and to improve an…

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NU Books from the NULab

November 19, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Alumni Center, Northeastern, 716 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Please join us for a discussion and reception featuring several NULab faculty members who have recently published books. We will have a series of brief presentations and a discussion, followed by a reception. This event will feature an exciting group of books and authors: Moya Bailey, Assistant Professor of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice, co-authored with Sarah J. Jackson and Brooke Foucault Welles The power of hashtag…

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NULab Seedling Research Presentation: Briony Swire-Thompson

November 20, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States

Please join us for a talk by Briony Swire-Thompson, postdoctoral researcher at Northeastern University's Network Science Institute. Swire-Thompson will present results from her NULab-supported project: "The prevalence of backfire effects after the correction of misinformation." Check back soon for more information! RSVP here: https://northeastern.libcal.com/event/5753392 This event is part of the Digital Humanities Open Office Hours series and is co-sponsored with the Digital Scholarship Group. 

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December 2019

Misinformation Speaker Series: David Lazer, Northeastern University

December 3, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Wexner 434, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Please join us for a talk by David Lazer, Professor of Political Science, and Computer and Information Sciences at Northeastern University "Democracy, today: Fake news, social networks, and algorithms" This event is part of the Misinformation Speaker series, co-sponsored by the NULab and the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Abstract: The Internet is increasingly the home of democracy. It is where people turn for civic information, engage in political discourse public and…

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January 2020

NULab Grant Recipients Lightning Talks

January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States

Please join us on Wednesday, January 22nd at 12–1pm in the Digital Scholarship Commons (211 Snell) for a special session of DH Open Office Hours (organized by the Digital Scholarship Group) in which recipients of NULab Seedling and Travel Grants will share their research projects and conference experiences in a round of lightning talks. In this session, Northeastern faculty and graduate students working in Digital Humanities and Computational Social Science will share their exciting work. This event will feature: Abbie…

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Suffrage Papers Transcribe-a-thon

January 28 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
422 Snell Library, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States

To commemorate the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, we are excited to announce a Transcribe-a-thon of the Library of Congress’s Collection hosted by the National Parks of Boston and DH Hub with the Digital Scholarship Group and NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. Please join us on Tuesday, January 28th from 12-2pm in 422 Snell Library at Northeastern University (360 Huntington Ave). RSVP at https://northeastern.libcal.com/event/6302752 by January 24th. A light lunch of pizza, assorted snacks, and beverages…

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February 2020

Misinformation Speaker Series: David G. Rand, Sloan School, MIT

February 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Wexner 434, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

Please join us for a talk by David G. Rand, Associate Professor of Management Science and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. This event is part of the Misinformation Speaker series, co-sponsored by the NULab and the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Speaker Bio: David G. Rand is the Erwin H. Schell Professor and an Associate Professor of Management Science and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT Sloan, and the Director of…

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NULab Grant Recipients Lightning Talks

February 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States

Please join us on Wednesday, February 5th at 12–1pm in the Digital Scholarship Commons (211 Snell) for a special session of DH Open Office Hours (organized by the Digital Scholarship Group) in which recipients of NULab Seedling and Travel Grants will share their research projects and conference experiences in a round of lightning talks. In this session, Northeastern faculty and graduate students working in Digital Humanities and Computational Social Science will share their exciting work. This event will feature: Cara…

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Misinformation Speaker Series: Andrew Guess, Princeton University

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Wexner 434, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

Please join us for a talk by Andrew Guess, Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. This event is part of the Misinformation Speaker series, co-sponsored by the NULab and the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Speaker Bio:  Andrew Guess (Ph.D. Columbia University) is an assistant professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of political communication, public opinion,…

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Douglass Day 2020

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States

Please join us on Wednesday, February 12th at 12–1:30pm for Douglass Day, a transcribe-a-thon celebrating the life and birthday of Frederick Douglass. This event is co-hosted by the NULab and Digital Scholarship Group, with the Women Writers Project. Participants should bring their own laptops, if possible, but no previous experience is required. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here: https://northeastern.libcal.com/event/6050689 This event connects with the national Douglass Day, an annual celebration organized, in part, by The Colored…

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Visiting Speaker: Dariusz Jemielniak

February 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
440 Curry Student Center, Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Join us on Wednesday, February 19th at 1–2:30 pm in 440 Curry Student Center for an exciting talk by NULab visiting speaker, Dariusz Jemielniak (Kozminski University): “Collaborative society: how technology amplifies on natural cooperative tendencies." Abstract: Collaboration may be an evolutionary mechanism that emerged as a result of the way our early ancestors acquired cooperative practices regarding food. Sharing resources seems natural to us; indeed, much human sharing follows strong social norms of equity and fairness. As Matthew D. Lieberman…

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Dr. Gesche Joost, “The Impact of AI and Digitalization on Social Cohesion”

February 24 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Renaissance Park, Room RP909

The Boston Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany, the Center for Design, the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University, and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, cordially invite you to a discussion with light refreshments with Dr. Gesche Joost Professor of Design Research at the Berlin University of the Arts on “The Impact of AI and Digitalization on Social Cohesion” Monday, February 24, 2020, 12:00 –…

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Speed Data-ing 2020

February 24 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
440 Curry Student Center, Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Please join us on Monday, February 24th from 1:30–3pm in 440 Curry Student Center for our fourth annual Speed Data-ing, an event that brings together potential collaborators to discuss a range of digital humanities research questions, methodologies, and data sets. Come and see what other Northeastern researchers are up to and discover opportunities to grow your own research! This event will feature: Sarah Connell, Women Writers Project, “Modeling Early Women’s Intertextual Networks” Jeff Sternberg, Sociology, "Examining the Components of City-Image…

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Misinformation Speaker Series: Yochai Benkler, Harvard Law School

February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Wexner 434, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

Please join us for a talk by Yochai Benkler, Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School. This event is part of the Misinformation Speaker Series, co-sponsored by the NULab and the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. Speaker Bio: Yochai Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.…

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March 2020

CANCELED: Visiting Speaker: Jennifer Pan

March 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
MA United States

With our apologies, this event has been canceled. We hope to reschedule for next year. Abstract: With the advent of mass media, government propaganda became highly visible, and authoritarian regimes could easily reach large, captive audiences. We argue that the proliferation of social media and digital technologies has made it necessary for authoritarian regimes to expand their strategies beyond propaganda in order to make propaganda visible. We show how the Chinese government employs such a strategy—disseminating social media posts containing…

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CANCELED: Misinformation Speaker Series: Young Mie Kim, University of Wisconsin-Madison

March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
MA United States

This event has been canceled. Please join us for a talk by Young Mie Kim, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, at University of Wisconsin-Madison. This event is part of the Misinformation Speaker series, co-sponsored by the NULab and the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Speaker Bio: Young Mie Kim is a Professor of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a Faculty Affiliate of the Department of Political Science. Kim is…

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Visiting Speakers: Lauren Klein and Catherine D’Ignazio

March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Snell Library (Room 90, Basement), 360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115 United States

While Lauren Klein, unfortunately, will not be able to visit Boston this spring, we wanted to confirm that this event will still be happening as planned, with Catherine D’Ignazio presenting their work on Data Feminism. We are delighted to be sharing this important book and we hope that many of you will be able to join us! For those who might wish to join remotely, we are planning to stream the talk from the NULab’s Twitter (@NUlabTMN). Please join us…

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CANCELED: NULab Spring Conference 2020

March 27 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
MA United States

With our apologies, we have canceled the NULab spring conference, scheduled for March 27. We’re very disappointed about this, and sorry for the inconvenience it might cause, but, given the status of COVID-19 responses, it is becoming clear that cancellation of non-essential large public gatherings is rapidly emerging as best practice. We’re now in discussions with the NULab community concerning the possibility of a smaller virtual “unconference” event and are also looking into publishing some of the conference materials on…

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CANCELED: Visiting Speaker: Oliver Ayers

March 31 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
MA United States

With our apologies, this event has been canceled. Please join us on Tuesday, March 31st at 11am–12pm in 434 Curry Student Center for an exciting talk with NULab visiting speaker, Oliver Ayers (New College of the Humanities London): “Mapping Black London in World War II.” Oliver Ayers is a Senior Lecturer in History at the New College of the Humanities in London. Before joining NCH, he was a Lecturer of American History at the University of Kent. He is also…

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April 2020

NULab Fellows Research Presentations

April 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Digital Scholarship Commons, 215 Snell Library
Boston , MA 02115 United States

Please join us on Tuesday, April 7th at 11am–12pm in the Digital Scholarship Commons for presentations from this year’s NULab Graduate Fellows on their research projects. More information to come!

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CANCELED, TO BE RESCHEDULED: Misinformation Speaker Series: Natalie Jomini Stroud, University of Texas at Austin

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
MA United States

With our apologies, this event has been canceled. Please join us for a talk by Natalie Jomini Stroud, Professor, Department of Communication Studies and School of Journalism, University of Texas, Austin. Co-sponsored with the Department of Communication Studies and the Shorenstein Center. This event is part of the Misinformation Speaker Series, co-sponsored by the NULab and the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. Speaker Bio: Natalie (Talia) Jomini Stroud (Ph.D., Annenberg School for Communication, University…

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