Lauren Horn Griffin is 4Humanities.org’s new International Correspondent! She will write on humanities advocacy projects, humanities issues, the relation of the humanities to society, and specific humanities initiatives. Lauren is currently working as the Communications Coordinator for the nonprofit Institute for Diversity and City Life while she finishes her Ph.D., and she is a passionate advocate for the humanities. I caught up with her in Santa Barbara for a chat over coffee to see why the humanities are important to her.
The UCSB local chapter of 4Humanties meets Wednesday Feb. 4th, 1-2:30pm, in South Hall 2509 to focus on two current 4Humanities projects in which the local chapter is engaged. One is the soon-to-be announced 4Humanities prize contest for student humanities advocacy. Discussion will center on pre-release contest and publicity materials, planning to encourage institutions to organize “creativity workshops” for the contest, and progress on recruiting contest judges. The other project is WhatEvery1Says, a research initiative to analyze public discourse about the humanities using data-mining methods. The project team will show some early test results and ask meeting participants for feedback about general strategy and such specific issues as what non-academic magazines, newspapers, and blogs should be sampled to harvest different political, cultural, national, and other perspectives.
4Humanities@UCSB will hold its initial meeting of the 2014-15 academic year on Monday, November 3, 3-4:30 pm, in South Hall 2509. Continuing and new participants are invited. A surprise, high-visibility new 4Humanities project will be announced at this meeting.
Members of the local chapters of 4Humanities at UCSB and UCLA will join the chapter at CSUN (California State University, Northridge) for Southern California’s annual, day-long 4Humanities DHSoCal research workshop. (Last year, 4Humanities@UCSB hosted the meeting at UC Santa Barbara.) The workshop’s agenda this year focuses on the 4Humanities “WhatEvery1Says” project, but will also include […]
In this meeting to continue work on the “WhatEvery1Says” project, members of 4Humanities@UCSB working on the text-preparation team will perform the following tasks: Share notes on and fine-tune their ongoing work in archiving and transforming documents from the corpus for a sample set stored on Google Drive. Discuss and split up next-stage work. The next […]
Research workshop meeting on WhatEvery1Says project. At this important meeting, members of the RFG will work collaboratively to standardize a method of archiving and extracting text from the public discourse about the humanities collected in the WhatEvery1Says corpus (see notes). Working from a detailed set of protocols created by member Jeremy Douglass, the group will […]
How can we think comparatively about what the humanities mean in multiple areas of the world with educational and funding systems not necessarily commensurable with U.S.-style “liberal arts”? For example, how are the humanities and arts talked about elsewhere? How are their histories and traditions different? How are they positioned relative to other disciplines, institutions, […]