Upcoming Josiah Carberry Cooking Demonstration and Cookbook Signing

Carberry Fishing

PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Wordingham

At the moment Professor Josiah Carberry has taken advantage of the non-existent, mid-semester, harvest break to go fishing for squirrels or some other kind of non-aquatic forrest animal, but in less than a month (on December 13 at 3 p.m.) he will return to campus and host a cooking demonstration and cookbook signing in the Laura and David Finn Reading Room of the Rockefeller Library.

If you happen to see the Professor on his travels snap a picture on instagram and tag it “#josiahcarberry” so it will show up on the Josiah Carberry Instagram Wall.

In leading up to the cooking demonstration, Carberry has been sharing some of his favorite recipes from The Carberry CookbookHere are a few:

In other Carberry news, one alumni had this sighting to pass along:

We spotted dear Professor Carberry last year enjoying an opera performance in Bucharest, but unfortunately we did not have our iPad along to snap a photo. He was in the box stage left closest to the orchestra pit, his head obscured by the heavy velvet curtain separating his box from its neighbor.

Details for Cooking Demonstration and Cookbook Signing:
Date: December 13
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Laura and David Finn Reading Room (Rockefeller Library)

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

John Caserta presents “Data-driven Design Systems for the Web”


John Caserta is a designer, artist, and educator.

He has created and produced information-design projects and data-driven applications for The New York Times, Reuters, The Normandy Visitor’s Center in France, NBC, the NCAA and more.

On November 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab, Caserta will give a talk titled “Data-driven Design Systems for the Web.” He will discuss his experience creating static information-design projects as well as working collaboratively on data-driven reusable systems for designers, educators, and the general public.

Since 2007, Caserta has focused his efforts locally, initiating, and fostering The Design Office—a community of independent designers centered downtown on Westminster Street. The Design Office has 16 members working in a variety of design, programming, and spatial disciplines.

In 2012, Caserta became an Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design Department at RISD, but has been teaching part-time since 2006, and a resident of Providence since 2005. Prior to his arrival in Providence, Caserta spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow in the Arts in Italy. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MFA from Yale University in Graphic Design.

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Digital Scholarship Lab

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

Dan Cohen Lecture: “The Emerging Research Environment and the Digital Public Library of America”


A new environment for scholarly research is emerging out of the steady accumulation of digitized sources over the last two decades, contemporary models for accessing those sources, and novel methods for searching, sorting, and mining them in ways that forge new connections and enhance serendipity.

In his talk, “The Emerging Research Environment,” Dan Cohen—Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)—will survey today’s and tomorrow’s electronic landscape.

It is the Digital Public Library of America’s mission to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all.

Prior to the DPLA, Dan was the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. At the Center, Dan oversaw projects ranging from new publishing ventures (PressForward) to online collections (September 11 Digital Archive) to software for scholarship (the popular Zotero research tool). His books include Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web (with Roy Rosenzweig) and Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith.

The Library is proud to co-sponsor this event with the Center for Public Humanities and the John Carter Brown Library.

The lecture will be followed by a brief presentation of the MA program in Public Humanities and a reception.

Date: November 13
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Nightingale Brown House Lecture Room

Flatland Worldwide Event


On November 13, Tom Banchoff (Brown Professor of Mathematics) will discuss his research on the fourth dimension, including his biography of Edwin A. Abbott, The Man Who Wrote ‘Flatland.’

Flatland is the story of “a square.” It is a memoir of an inhabitant of a two-dimensional world. In the book, this square visited such places as “Pointland” and “Spaceland” as it tried to figure out the structure of the universe. The event is recommended for anyway who has ever seen a square or knows someone who has seen a square.

Professor Banchoff’s research includes the geometry and topology of smooth and polyhedral surfaces as well as development and dissemination of internet-based courseware for communication and visualization in undergraduate mathematics.

The event is free and open to the public.


Date: November 13
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Digital Scholarship Lab

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

Brown University Celebrates the Return of Rush Hawkins’ Sword

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University]—On Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 3pm Brown University Library will host a celebration to welcome back Rush Hawkins’ Civil War-era silver Tiffany presentation sword to the Annmary Brown Memorial. The sword was stolen from the University’s collections in 1977, and is returning to the Memorial following a case in The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia which identified Brown University as the lawful owner. Curators, attorneys, and historians will discuss the social history of Hawkins’ sword, and its remarkable journey back to campus. The Higher Keys, Brown’s esteemed co-ed a cappella group, will perform. The Annmary Brown Memorial is located at 21 Brown Street in Providence, RI. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The Brown University Library is home to more than 6.8 million print items, plus a multitude of electronic resources and expanding digital archives serving the teaching, research, and learning needs of Brown students and faculty, as well as scholars from around the country and the world. http://library.brown.edu/

Contact: Courtney Coelho | 401-863-7287 | Courtney_Coelho@brown.edu

Coming Soon: Digital Scholarship Week (November 7–November 15)

Digital Scholarship Week @Brown

Next week is the beginning of Digital Scholarship Week at Brown. Here is a list of upcoming events:

November 7  |  Can Participatory Maps Save the World  |  a talk by Jo Guldi (Assistant Professor of History at Brown)  |  5:30 p.m.  |  Digital Scholarship Lab

November 13  |  Flatland Worldwide  |  a talk by Thomas Banchoff (Geometer and Professor at Brown)  |  5:30 p.m.  |  Digital Scholarship Lab

November 13  |  Digital Public Library of America Talk  |  Dan Cohen (Founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America)  |  6 p.m.  |  Nightingale Brown House

November 14  |  Data-driven Design Systems for the Web  |  John Caserta (Designer, Artist, & Assistant Professor at RISD)  |  5:30 p.m.  |  Digital Scholarship Lab

November 15  |  Digital Humanities and Scholarly Communications  |  Donald J. Waters (Program Officer at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)  |  4 p.m.  |  Digital Scholarship Lab

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

Witnesses to a Remote Past Exhibit

Witness To Remote Past

From now until November 22, an exhibition of materials from the University’s Medieval manuscript collections will be displayed at the Annmary Brown Memorial.

This exhibit is being run in conjunction with two conferences:

Also, Witnesses to a Remote Past is being displayed in memory of David A. Warner, a beloved colleague and professor of history at RISD

The Annmary Brown Memorial is open to the public Monday through Friday from 1:00–5:00 p.m. during the academic year.

Date: Thursday, October 31–November 22, 2013
Time: 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Annmary Brown Memorial

Contact: William Monroe |  (401) 863-2406


Jo Guldi Presents “Can Participatory Maps Save the World?”

Jo Guldi

Technology often appears as the magic cure for many present-day problems, but what actually works? And what fails? Can maps actually dissolve the barriers of privilege between rich and poor?

In “Can Particpatory Maps Save the World,” Jo Guldi will look at new map-making technologies as well as map-making as far back as 1968, when maps were first trumpeted as a way to overturn lines of class and culture.

One short, all-encompassing description for this talk is: “Maps Before and After the Smartphone: A Global History, 1968-2013.”

Jo Guldi is an assistant professor of history at Brown University who specializes in the history of capitalism, land use, and the design of computational tools for visualizing large numbers of texts, for instance, Paper Machines, released in 2012-3 with the collaboration of Christopher Johnson-Roberson.


This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Digital Scholarship Lab

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

Flatland Worldwide and Edwin A. Abbott at 75 (+100) Exhibit Opens November 1st


AFTER 130 YEARS, Flatland continues to be the best seller in mathematically inspired fiction. This exhibit features translations into 18 foreign languages (so far) and several recent versions with new introductions, both in England and the US. There are also
four film adaptations and an electronic edition, with notes and commentary from Cambridge University Press.

The exhibit includes treasured pre-publication volumes signed by the author, Edwin Abbott (1838 –1926). The materials comprising this exhibit are now part of the permanent Flatland collection donated to the Library by Professor Thomas Banchoff.

Date: November 1 – November 29, 2013
Location: John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library


Yale Indian Papers Project Event in the Digital Scholarship Lab

Yale Indian Papers

The Yale Indian Papers Project boasts of materials relating to over four hundred years of New England Native American history, community, culture, sovereignty, land, gender, race, identity, migration, law, and politics.

On Tuesday, October 29, at 5:30 p.m., Paul Grant-Costa and Tobias Glaza will discuss the this project and how it offers students, educators, researchers, Native American tribal members, and the general public, visual and intellectual access to significant historical knowledge for the purposes of teaching, scholarly analysis, and research.

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Digital Scholarship Lab

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642