Showcasing the Digital Scholarship Lab: Spring Series, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — This spring, Brown University Library is launching a series of talks by Brown faculty and visiting scholars across the disciplines to celebrate the opening of the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab at the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library.  All talks for Showcasing the Digital Scholarship Lab: Spring Series, 2013 are free, open to the public, and followed by catered receptions. Space is limited. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

Series speakers will discuss and demonstrate ways in which digital technologies, especially those enabling data visualization and analysis, have impact on their teaching and research and enable new forms of student learning and interaction. Talks are scheduled for Thursday evenings (and one Tuesday evening) starting at 5:30pm.

The series will kick off on March 14. Sheila Bonde, Professor of the History of Art and Architecture and Professor of Archaeology at Brown, will give a lecture titled “Re-presenting the Past,” examining the challenges of representing the past through the lens of archaeological work at the French medieval monasteries of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes in Soissons and Notre Dame d’Ourscamp. Bonde will look at the challenges of incomplete data, of representing time and movement, and of going beyond visual representation.

Massimo Riva, Professor of Italian studies at Brown, Director of the Brown Center in Bologna and Director of the Virtual Humanities Lab at Brown will give the second talk on Thursday, March 21. Riva’s talk, “The Virtual Life of Books and Other Curious Artifacts,” will examine how great books, such as Boccaccio’s Decameron, and curious historical artifacts, like the Garibaldi panorama, help us rethink research and teaching in the digital age. 

Speaker schedule:

Thursday, March 14 – Sheila Bonde, Professor of History of Art and Architecture and Professor of Archaeology at Brown University

Thursday, March 21 – Massimo Riva, Professor of Italian Studies, Director Brown Center in Bologna and Director, Virtual Humanities Lab at Brown University

Thursday, April 4 – Rachel Franklin, Assistant Professor of Population Studies at Brown University

Thursday, April 11 – John Cayley, Professor of Literary Arts at Brown University

Thursday, April 18 – Eben Gay, REVEAL architect.

Thursday, April 25 – Jill Pipher, Professor of Mathematics at Brown University and Director, of ICERM, The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics

Tuesday, April 30 – Andries Van Dam, Thomas J. Watson, Jr. University Professor of Technology and Education and Professor of Computer Science at Brown University

Thursday, May 2 – Shawn Greenlee, Assistant Professor of Foundation Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design

The Lab, located on the first floor of the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, features a 7’x16′ video wall composed of over 24 million pixels for data visualization and analysis. The wall can be configured to display up to twelve independent video sources simultaneously, making the Lab an effective collaboration space.  The Lab is also outfitted with a wide range of software for scholars across the disciplines, a state-of-the-art audio system, video conferencing capabilities, programmable lighting, and two 50″ touch-screen displays that can be used independently or linked to the video wall for collaborative display and interaction.

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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.

Contact: Jennifer Braga |  401-863-6913