Archive for November, 2015

Announcing “The Art of Seeing: Aesthetics at the Intersection of Art and Science”

November 23rd, 2015

On behalf of GC Digital Initiatives and The GC Computer Science Colloquium, CUNY DHI is delighted to present the following talk. We hope to see you there!




“The Art of Seeing: Aesthetics at the Intersection of Art and Science”

Thursday, December 10th, 4:15-6:15p
Room C197
The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Emily L. Spratt, Dept. of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University and Ahmed Elgammal, Dept. of Computer Science, Rutgers University

In this two-part presentation, art historian Emily L. Spratt and computer scientist Ahmed Elgammal explore the uses of vision technology for the analysis of art and its philosophical implications for both aesthetic theory and artificial intelligence. Through an investigation of the most fundamental questions computer scientists are confronted with in giving a machine the capacity to see, we demonstrate the value in utilizing methodologies from art history as the field of computer vision has already, in fact, predicted certain categories of interpretation that aid in the analysis of art. Returning to the aesthetic debates inspired by Kant and renewing focus to the art historical theories of iconography and iconology that were prominent in the first half of the twentieth century, basic issues of object classification are examined in relation to vision technology. In this presentation, we hope to demonstrate the merit of bridging the fields of art history and computer science, and to underscore the new challenges aesthetics, in the age of artificial intelligence, face.

Thanks to All: “CUNY DHI: Building a Digital Humanities Community”

November 11th, 2015

Last night at The Graduate Center, a full room of scholars gathered to share ideas, meet colleagues, and embody the vibrant digital humanities community across our CUNY campuses. This event was the first rendition of “CUNY DHI: Building a Digital Humanities Community at The City of New York,” and its success was thanks to our dynamic crew of panelists, audience, and coordinators.

In fact, conversation was so lively at the reception afterwards that we received a friendly reminder that the building was closing–surely a good sign of collaborations and connections to come! Thank you all for joining us, and for those of you who couldn’t make it, we invite you to attend and participate in the next round–stay tuned for updates.

By way of a recap, we’d like to share the numbers:

20 lightning talks: completed within an admirable 5 minutes apiece,

8 of CUNY’s senior colleges represented: including The Graduate Center, York College, Queens College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City College of Technology, The College of Staten Island, Hunter College, and Lehman College. We look forward to welcoming more colleges in future rounds, particularly community colleges, so please be in touch if this is of interest to you,

2 undergraduates engaged in innovative work: David Fasanya with Prof. Andie Silva at York College for “Intro to Shakespeare with Scalar,” and Marta Orlowska with Prof. Evan Misshula at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for “Jailbreak my Life,”

4 graduate students presenting on digital platforms, dissertation-level research, and pedagogical projects they’ve been instrumental in developing: Patrick Smyth (with Stephen Zweibel) on “DHBox,” Erin Glass on “Social Paper,” Danica Savonick on “Building a Student-Centered (Digital) Learning Community,” Kalle Westerling on “The Roots and Routes of Boylesque.”

We had an incredible array of topics, which all informed each other in exciting and productive ways. A snapshot:

oral history (Lori Wallach, “Queens Memory“)

bilingual repositories and innovative image metadata (Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, “Manar Al-Althar“)

new critical and digital approaches to film and photography (Lev Manovich on “Measuring Inequality in Social Media Use in NYC,” Alise Tifentale on “Find your own filter”: The aesthetics of Instagram Photography,” and Kevin L. Ferguson on “Volumetric Cinema“)

print culture and digital media (Michael Mandiberg, “Print Wikipedia“)

digital publishing (Sean Scanlan, “NANO: New American Notes Online“)

and digital pedagogy and platforms (Jill Belli, Jody R. Rosen on “The OpenLab,” Jeff Allred on “Introducing Yoknapedia,” Bret Maney on “Teaching DH in and beyond the English Classroom,” and Eric Metcalf on “Archives & Invention: A Course in Archival Technology and Public Address.”)

In order to review the entire speaker line-up in its original order, please visit our previous blog post.

Again, tremendous thanks to all for attending, sharing research, and joining in the conversation that surrounds the digital humanities community at CUNY. We look forward to seeing you next time!

Announcing our Speaker Lineup for “CUNY DHI: Building a Digital Humanities Community”

November 4th, 2015

We are delighted to share our speaker lineup for next Tuesday at a CUNY-wide panel of lightning talks:


“CUNY DHI: Building a Digital Humanities Community at The City University of New York,”

Tuesday, November 10th, from 6:30-8:30pm

Room C197 at The Graduate Center


We will be welcoming undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff to speak on a variety of topics–from Queens Memory to Yoknapedia, Jailbreak My Life to Volumetric Cinema.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Digital Projects as Community Resource

Jill Belli, Jody R. Rosen; New York City College of Technology: The OpenLab

Stephen Zweibel, Patrick Smyth; The Graduate Center: DH Box

Lori Wallach; Queens College: Queens Memory

GC Digital Fellows et al.; The Graduate Center: GC Digital Initiatives

Nyvia DeJesus, Marta Orlowska, Evan Misshula; John Jay College of Criminal Justice: Jailbreak My Life


Communities of Pedagogy

Danica Savonick, Kalle Westerling; The Graduate Center: Building a Student-Centered (Digital) Learning Community

Jeff Allred; Hunter College: Introducing Yoknapedia

Bret Maney; Lehman College: Teaching DH in and beyond the English Classroom

Andie Silva; York College: Intro to Shakespeare Course (ENG 318) with Scalar

Eric Metcalf; York College: Archives & Invention: A Course in Archival Technology and Public Address; Faculty in the arts and the humanities don’t read etexts, so why is CUNY buying them?


Digital Communities of Text + Image

Julie Van Peteghem; Hunter College: Intertextual Dante

Kalle Westerling; The Graduate Center: The Roots and Routes of Boylesque

Sean Scanlan; New York City College of Technology: NANO: New American Notes Online

Erin Glass; The Graduate Center: Social Paper

Kevin L. Ferguson; Queens College: Volumetric Cinema

Lev Manovich; The Graduate Center: Measuring Inequality in Social Media Use in NYC

Alise Tifentale; The Graduate Center: “Find your own filter”: The aesthetics of Instagram Photography

Michael Mandiberg; College of Staten Island, The Graduate Center: Print Wikipedia

Matt Garley; York College: Digital Humanities Data Repository in an English Department

Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis; The Graduate Center: Manar Al-Athar

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