Humanities in the Digital Age

MIT Building 32 (Stata Center), Room 141 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA

With Alison Byerly and Steven Pinker, we ask how digital tools and systems have already begun to transform humanistic education.

Designing Digital Humanities

MIT Building 2, Room 105 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Johanna Drucker tells us how designers have a major role to play in the collaborative envisioning of new formats and processes.

Jim Bizzocchi, “Close-Reading Media Poetics”

MIT Media Lab, Room 633 75 Amherst St., Cambridge, MA

Close reading requires that the scholar immerse herself in the experience of the text on its own terms, and at the same time maintain a critical distance.

Mary Flanagan

MIT Building 4, Room 231 Cambridge, MA

Pushing the boundaries of medium and genre across writing, visual arts, and design to innovate in these fields with a critical play centered approach.

Gregory Heyworth: “Textual Science and the Future of the Past”

MIT Building 3, Room 133 33 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

Textual Science, as Gregory Heyworth argues, is poised to change the established order of things. With images of recovered works, many previously unseen, this talk will chart the way ahead in theory and praxis.

Ryan Cordell: “Melville in the First Age of Viral Media”

MIT Building 4, Room 231 Cambridge, MA

Ryan Cordell, co-director of the Viral Texts project, will speak about his work uncovering pieces that “went viral” in nineteenth-century newspapers and magazines.

“Theory” and its Quotation Marks


The aim of this course is to provide an opportunity to explore (and a community with which to do so) the longstanding dialogue in the humanities commonly known as "theory," using inroads offered by certain modifiers (queer theory, feminist theory, media theory, critical race theory, affect theory and so forth).

Excellence in Teaching

MIT Building 3, Room 270 33 Massachusetts Ave (Rear), Cambridge, MA

What separates a good teacher from a great one? Former poet laureate Robert Pinsky, Weisskopf Professor of Physics Alan Guth and MIT biology professor Hazel Sive--all honored teachers--will explore these issues with Literature professor and Communications Forum director emeritus David Thorburn.

Ecological Criticism in the Age of the Database

MIT Building 56, Room 114 Access via 21 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA

Sean Cubitt asserts the value of anecdotal evidence against the rise of statistics, but at the same time wants to confront the difficulties in bringing about an encounter between readers (human or otherwise) and the mass image constructed by social media and search giants.

Machine Visions

MIT Building 10, Room 150 MA

Machine Visions is a grad student-run event series focused on developing cross-department connections around topics related to computer vision at MIT.