Inaugural GW Digital Humanities Lecture: Addressing the Text (Dr. Michael Witmore, Folger Shakespeare Library)

GW Digital Humanities Lecture - Witmore 2013
The George Washington University is pleased to announce its Inaugural GW Digital Humanities Lecture! Dr. Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, will offer talk about large-scale data-mining and literary analysis … and Shakespeare, of course.

This exciting event is co-sponsored by GW MEMSI, the Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare program, the Department of English, the Department of History, Gelman Library, and the new GW Digital Humanities Institute, which is co-founded and co-directed by Alexa Huang and Jonathan Hsy. We are proud to welcome Dr. Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library; his work across computational and literary communities provide an entry point into a discussion of some of the possibilities — and potential limitations — of large scale digitization projects. This event is free and open to the public.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION:

Addressing the Text: Reflections on Shakespeare, Digital Access, and Libraries

Time and Location: 3 pm on Friday September 6 in Post Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus. Followed by a reception.

The talk will explore the ways in which large scale digitization projects have created new access problems while solving old ones; it will also show some underlying similarities between the physical codex and the digital surrogates that we are now creating for printed books: both are “massively addressable objects,” simply at a different scale. The plays of Shakespeare are only one place where this convergence can be explored; they will serve as a point of departure in this talk.

Dr. Michael Witmore is Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library and author, most recently, of Shakespearean Metaphysics and Landscapes of the Passing Strange: Reflections from Shakespeare (with Rosamond Purcell). He is part of the Mellon funded digital research initiative Visualizing English Print, 1470-1800 and maintains a blog on digital approaches to literary studies at Wine Dark Sea.

Free shuttle to Mount Vernon Campus: full information here.

The flyer for the event can be downloaded here.

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