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Take Back the Archive: Advocacy by Design

Series: 
Emergent Research
Date: 
March 7, 2016
Running Time: 
70:12

Purdom Lindblad, head of graduate programs in the Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia Library, discusses the Take Back the Archive project. She says, "Starting with the premise that, for making to matter in the humanities, we must focus making in ways that encourage attention to—and advocacy for—the humane. Regardless of whether the act of making is one of production, praxis, theory, or a combination of the three, thoughtful making in the humanities should forefront reflection on human experiences and impacts. Centered on the Take Back the Archive project, this talk will explore what it means to make things in humane, empathetic ways—and how can we create spaces and foster relationships to focus on humane, empathetic making in the humanities?"

 

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Emergent Research: Computational Analysis of Marginalized Cultural Production

Series: 
Emergent Research
Date: 
February 22, 2016
Running Time: 
63:36

What unique opportunities and challenges arise when applying computational methods to study the creative output of marginalized people? Cora Johnson-Roberson, Ph.D candidate in Ethnomusicology at Brown University and pursuing a secondary master's in Computer Science, discusses the use of topic modeling to analyze over 18,000 texts drawn from the Original Hip-Hop Lyrics Archive, charting the geographical and temporal distribution of different themes within the corpus. She addresses the practical issues and findings of this analysis and explores the broader question of how computational methods can help us speak back to reductive narratives about black life and cultural production.

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The Importance of Social Factors in L2 Pronunciation Learning

Date: 
February 19, 2016
Running Time: 
64:12

John Levis, professor of Applied Linguistics and TESL at Iowa State University, while not minimizing the importance of age-related constraints or experience using the language, argues that attention to social factors is essential to more effective pronunciation teaching for adult second language learners. He presents his research and then suggests several adjustments to language teaching that integrate social factors into L2 pronunciation pedagogy.

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Authors' Forum: The Jim Crow Routine: Everyday Performances of Race and the End of Segregation in Mississippi

Series: 
Authors' Forum
Date: 
February 9, 2016
Running Time: 
78:36

Stephen Berrey, U-M assistant professor of American culture and history, talks with Angela Dillard, U-M Earl Lewis Collegiate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, about Berrey's recent book, The Jim Crow Routine: Everyday Performances of Race and the End of Segregation in Mississippi.
The South's system of Jim Crow racial oppression is usually understood in terms of legal segregation that mandated the separation of white and black Americans. Yet, as Berrey shows, it was also a high-stakes drama that played out in the routines of everyday life, where blacks and whites regularly interacted on sidewalks and buses and in businesses and homes. Every day, individuals made, unmade, and remade Jim Crow in how they played their racial roles—how they moved, talked, even gestured. The highly visible but often subtle nature of these interactions constituted the Jim Crow routine.

 

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Authors' Forum: Elephants and Kings: An Environmental History

Series: 
Authors' Forum
Date: 
January 28, 2016
Running Time: 
76:48

Thomas Trautmann, U-M professor emeritus of history and anthropology, talks about his recent book, Elephants and Kings: An Environmental History, and is then joined in conversation by cultural anthropologist Andrew Shryock, Chair and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Anthropology at U-M.
Because of their enormous size, elephants have long been irresistible for kings as symbols of their eminence. In early civilizations—such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Indus Civilization, and China—kings used elephants for royal sacrifice, spectacular hunts, public display of live captives, or the conspicuous consumption of ivory—all of them tending toward the elephant’s extinction. The kings of India, however, as Trautmann shows in this study, found a use for elephants that actually helped preserve their habitat and numbers in the wild.

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Emergent Research: Professor Alex Stern - Doing Digital Humanities Projects with Sensitive Health Data: Opportunities and Challenges

Series: 
Emergent Research
Date: 
January 25, 2016
Running Time: 
80:24

How do you create an interactive and multi-modal digital platform about histories of eugenics and sterilization with restricted historical records? This talk reviews my team’s creation of a dataset of 20,000 sterilization recommendations processed by the state of California from the 1920s and 1950s, and discuss how we are building digital platforms with Mapquest and Scalar that seek to convey complex demographic patterns, institutional histories, and personal experiences of reproductive loss. In this talk we will explore varied issues including interdisciplinary collaboration, document preservation and management, and digital storytelling.

Alexandra Minna SternAlexandra Minna Stern, Ph.D. is Professor of American Culture, with appointments in Obstetrics and Gynecology, History, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She also is a core faculty member in the Latina/o Studies Program; the Science, Technology, and Society Program; directs the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies/Brazil Initiative, and co-directs the Reproductive Justice Faculty Program at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Her research has focused on the uses and misuses of genetics in the United States and Latin America. She is the author of Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America (University of California Press, 2005), which won the American Public Health Association’s Arthur Viseltear Award for outstanding contribution to the history of public health, and is coming out in a 2nd and expanded edition in December 2015. Her latest book, Telling Genes: The Story of Genetic Counseling in America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) is a Choice 2013 Outstanding Academic Title in Health Sciences. She has held numerous grants for her work in medical history and health policy, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1 for digital archiving), National Institutes of Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is currently leading a project to create a dataset of 20,000 eugenic sterilization orders processed by the state of California in the 20th century and is principal investigator on 2 Ford Foundation grants to assess the status of reproductive justice and LBGTQ youth and youth of color empowerment in Michigan.

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Curator Talk: Shakespeare on Page and Stage: Exhibit Opening

Date: 
January 22, 2016
Running Time: 
66:00

Exhibit Curators Pablo Alvarez and Juli McLoone talk about the making and content of the exhibit Shakespeare on Page and Stage. The exhibit and talk are part of a series of nationwide events to commemorate the four-hundredth anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

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Authors' Forum: The Cherokee Rose: A Novel of Gardens and Ghosts, Tiya Miles

Series: 
Authors' Forum
Date: 
January 20, 2016
Running Time: 
82:48

Tiya Miles and Martha Jones discuss The Cherokee Rose, Miles's novel that examines a little-known aspect of America’s past—slaveholding by Southern Creeks and Cherokees—and its legacy in the lives of three young women who are drawn to the Georgia plantation where scenes of extreme cruelty and equally extraordinary compassion once played out. Followed by a book signing, with books for sale by Common Language Bookstore.
Tiya Miles is a professor in the Department of American Culture, Department of Afro-American and African Studies, Department of History, Department of Women's Studies, and Native American Studies Program.
Martha Jones is an Arthur F Thurnau Professor of History in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and part of the Law School's Affiliated LS&A Faculty. She is co-director of the Michigan Law Program in Race, Law & History.

 

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