Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6:00 PM, I’ll be giving a talk on my book in progress, “The Priest and the Punched-Card Machines: Father Roberto Busa, SJ, and the Emergence of Humanities Computing,” at Fordham University (Father Busa’s home-base In New York for the early years of his work with IBM). Location: Duane 140 (Theology Conference Room), Fordham University, Rose Hill campus. The event is sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar on Digital Technology and Scholarly Communications, the American Studies Program, and the Department of Theology.
I’m happy to be taking part in a roundtable tomorrow, March 27, 2015, Room Rm. 4406, Graduate Center, CUNY, 4-6 PM, a session titled: “Books Matter: Circulating Digital and Printed Texts,” sponsored by the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative.
This past week I’ve been visiting CIRCSE research center at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, digging into the fairly recently accessioned archive of Father Roberto Busa, SJ, often said to be the founder of humanities computing. I’m working on a book on the first decade of his research in historical context, 1949-1959, tentatively titled The Priest and the Punched-Card Machines. My hosts here, especially Dr. Marco Passarotti, have been very kind and helpful, and I’ve handled and examined a fascinating collection of letters and other documents, as well as punched cards, magnetic-tape reels, floppy disks, slides, and fragile glass transparencies, among other artifacts and texts. Today I visited the location of Fr. Busa’s first humanities computing labs in Gallarate, or locations for, as he called it, “Literary Data Analysis.”
Wednesday, February 25, at 2:00 PM, I’ll be presenting the book in progress at Columbia University’s Studio @ Butler. That’s room 208b in Butler Library. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP.
It’s true, in the new year I’ll be giving a talk at the University of South Florida’s Humanities Institute on The Emergence of the Digital Humanities, and including a section on my new project on the emergence of humanities computing in the mid twentieth century. Free and open to the public: January 20, 2015, 6:00 PM.
I’m looking forward to presenting my research in progress on early humanities computing at the CUNY Advanced Research Collaborative seminar next week, Thursday, November 13, 2014, 4:00 PM.
I’m looking forward to addressing the conference, “Network Detroit: Digital Humanities Theory and Practice” Friday, September 26, 6:00 PM, at Lawrence Technological University.
I’m looking forward to giving a keynote talk tomorrow, September 12, at the DH Forum sponsored by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Kansas. The topic for the Forum is “Nodes and Networks in the Humanities.”
Starting in August and for the academic year 2014-2015, I’ll be a Visiting Fellow at CUNY Grad Center’s Advanced Research Collaborative in New York. I’ll be working on a new book project and I’m excited to be part of the excellent DH group at CUNY, of ARC, and of the Grad Center as a whole, and to participate in the larger DH community in New York for the year.
I’m looking forward to directing a seminar next month at my undergraduate alma mater, Oklahoma University’s Oklahoma Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program, which I took part in as an undergraduate–the best part of my college career, really, so it’s an honor to contribute to it. The seminar, on “Media, Culture, and the Digital Humanities,” meets May 12-16, 2014.