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In Meetings

By Matthew K. Gold

David Mimno on Topic Modeling with MALLET, September 30th, 4:15-5:30pm

On 29, Sep 2013 | In Meetings | By Matthew K. Gold

Please join CUNY DHI and the Digital Praxis Seminar for a talk by David Mimno on Topic Modeling with MALLET.

This event will take place on Monday, September 30, 2013 from 4:15-5:30pm at the Graduate Center, CUNY in the 9th floor Skylight Room.

Details are below – we look forward to seeing you there! Please RSVP here.

In the last ten years we have seen the creation of massive digital text collections, from Twitter feeds to million-book libraries, all in dozens of languages. At the same time, researchers have developed text mining methods that go beyond simple word frequency analysis to uncover thematic patterns. When we combine big data with powerful algorithms, we enable analysts in many different fields to enhance qualitative perspectives with quantitative measurements. But these methods are only useful if we can apply them at massive scale and distinguish consistent patterns from random variations. In this talk I will describe my work building reliable topic modeling methodologies for humanists, social scientists and science policy officers.


davidmimno David Mimno is an assistant professor in the Information Science department at Cornell University. His research is on developing machine learning models and algorithms, with a particular focus on applications in Humanities and Social Science. He received his BA in Classics and Computer Science from Swarthmore College and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was a CRA Computing Innovation fellow at Princeton University. Before graduate school, he served as Head Programmer at the Perseus Project, a digital library for cultural heritage materials, at Tufts University. Mimno is currently chief architect for the MALLET machine learning toolkit.



In Meetings

By Matthew K. Gold

CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative Fall 2013 Semester Schedule

On 28, Sep 2013 | In Meetings | By Matthew K. Gold

We’re delighted to present our Fall 2013 CUNY DHI Speaker Series Schedule, which this year includes events associated with the Graduate Center’s Digital Praxis Seminar. All talks take place at The Graduate Center, CUNY, located on 5th Avenue between 34th and 35th. Please join us!




Lev Manovich on Data Visualization
Mon 9/23, 4:15pm-5:30pm, C415A: Lev Manovich (Graduate Center, CUNY) on Data Visualization

David Mimno on Topic Modeling
Mon 9/30, 4:15pm-5:30pm, Skylight Room 9100: David Mimno (Cornell) on Topic Modeling with MALLET

Doug Eyman & Collin Brooke on DH and Rhetoric
Tues 10/8, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Room C415A: Doug Eyman (George Mason University) on “Digital Rhetoric and the Infrastructure of DH” and Collin Brooke (Syracuse University) on “Too Big to Scale? Culturomics and Crypto-Rhetorics”

Matthew Kirschenbaum on Word Processing
Tues 10/15, 4:15pm-5:30pm, Room C204/C205: Matthew Kirschenbaum (University of Maryland) on “Track Changes: The Literary History of Word Processing”

William Turkel on Physical Computing and the Humanities
Mon 10/21, 4:15pm-5:30pm, Skylight Room (9100): William Turkel (Western University Ontario) on humanistic fabrication and physical computing

Larry Smarr on Digital Culture and the Future Internet
Wed 10/30, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Room C205: Larry Smarr (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)) on “Digital Culture and the Future Internet”

Kathleen Fitzpatrick on Scholarly Communication
Mon 11/4, 4:15pm-5:30pm, Room 9206/9207: Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Modern Language Association) on scholarly communication

Ray Siemens on the Digital Social Edition
Mon 11/13, 4:15p-5:30p Rooms C204/C205: Ray Siemens (University of Victoria) on the Digital Social Edition

Katina Rogers on Alt-Academic Careers
Mon 11/18, 4:15p-5:30p Rooms 9204/9205: Katina Rogers (Modern Language Association) on Alt-Academic Careers

Tom Scheinfeldt on DH Project Management
Mon 11/25, 4:15pm-5:30pm, Skylight Room (9100): Tom Scheinfeldt (University of Connecticut) on managing DH projects

Simone Browne on Race, Surveillance, and Technology
Mon 12/9, 4:15pm-5:30pm, Skylight Room (9100): Simone Browne (University of Texas at Austin) on race, surveillance, and technology



In Uncategorized

By Amanda Licastro

Doug Eyman and Collin Brooke, October 8th 6:30-8:30pm

On 25, Sep 2013 | In Uncategorized | By Amanda Licastro

 Please join CUNY DHI and the Graduate Center Composition and Rhetoric Community (GCCRC) for a conversation about the intersection of writing studies and digital humanities with Doug Eyman and Collin Brooke.  We are excited to welcome these two innovative scholars to share in an important discussion concerning the future of digital rhetoric. Doug Eyman is a professor of digital rhetoric, technical and scientific communication, and professional writing at George Mason University and the senior editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy; Collin Brooke is a professor of of Rhetoric and Writing at Syracuse University and is the author of Lingua Fracta: Towards of Rhetoric of New Media (complete bios below).

This event will take place on Tuesday, October 8th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Graduate Center, CUNY in Room C415A.

Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public, registration is not mandatory.
This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate Center Composition and Rhetoric Community (GCCRC).
This event will be live streamed, please tune in and tweet questions to @cunydhi:

Doug Eyman DEhead

Digital Rhetoric and the Infrastructure of DH

As a new field, digital humanities has wrestled with questions of identity, boundaries, and what “counts” both in terms of methods and practice. After a brief overview of recent conversations in the DH arena, this presentation argues that digital rhetoric serves as the methodological and practical infrastructure of digital humanities work in all of the suggested iterations of research *and* practice. Indeed, digital rhetoric provides an inclusive framework that can help the digital humanities articulate its identity at the levels of theory, method, and practice. And, as Collin’s work shows, digital rhetoric also provides the tools for critical analysis of current methods and practices–a move that is key to the continued development of a field.


Douglas Eyman teaches courses in digital rhetoric, technical and scientific communication, and professional writing at George Mason University.  Eyman is the senior editor and publisher of _Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy_, an online journal that has been publishing peer-reviewed scholarship on computers and writing since 1996. His scholarly work has appeared in _Pedagogy_, _Technical Communication_, _Computers and Composition_, and the edited collections _Cultural Practices of Literacy_ (Erlbaum, 2007), _Digital Writing Research: Technologies, Methodologies, and Ethical Issues_ (Hampton Press, 2007), and _Rhetorically Rethinking Usability_ (Hampton Press, 2008), among others. His current research interests include investigations of digital literacy acquisition and development, new media scholarship, electronic publication, information design/information architecture, teaching in digital environments, and massive multiplayer online role playing games as sites for digital rhetoric research. His first monograph, _Digital Rhetoric: Theory, Method, Practice_ is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press.

Collin Brookecollin_brooke

Too Big to Scale? Culturomics and Crypto-Rhetorics

Since the Google Books Team’s 2010 article in Science and their release of the N-Gram Viewer, the idea of “culturomics” has begun to appear in a variety of academic studies (e.g., Twenge et al.2012, Kesebir & Kesebir 2012, Greenfield 2013). While the resulting claims have garnered attention, both in academic circles and in the popular media, we have spent less time examining the methodological assumptions behind these studies. As a method, culturomics presupposes certain relationships between language and culture; those of us who study rhetoric and digital humanities should be conscious of and prepared to interrogate those assumptions. Drawing on network studies as well as what Hayden White once described as the “tropics of discourse,” this presentation offers both an examination and critique of culturomics as method.


Collin Gifford Brooke is Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at Syracuse University, where he teaches courses in digital rhetorics, research methods, and social media. He is the author of Lingua Fracta: Towards of Rhetoric of New Media (Hampton Press, 2009), which won the 2009 Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award, as well as numerous essays and chapters in a range of online and print venues. He served for a time as the Associate Editor of College Composition and Communication’s Online Archive, and is currently the Director of Electronic Resources for the Rhetoric Society of America. He blogs at and microblogs as @cgbrooke.

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