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Public Lecture ‘The Role of the Humanities in an Information Age’ by Ted Underwood, Visiting Scaliger Professor

Thursday 21 November 2019
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room 0.19
Visiting Scaliger Professor Ted Underwood, Professor of Information Sciences and of English at the University of Illinois.

The Role of the Humanities in an Information Age

In an age of print media, it was easy to see how scrutinizing novels and historical documents prepared students to scrutinize arguments in the newspaper. It is harder to feel confident that the humanities are preparing students for civic life now that influence is exerted through algorithmically filtered social media and microtargeted ads. Many observers have concluded that the scholar's role in our era is simply to oppose the infiltration of culture by algorithms. In this talk Ted Underwood will try to sketch a more optimistic vision of the future, pointing to places where humanists are joining hands with data science to create a form of public reflection that fuses the scale of machine learning with the historical self-consciousness of humanistic tradition.

Public Lecture ‘The Role of the Humanities in an Information Age'

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