Critical Speaker Series: Alan Liu

Critical Speaker Series Presents:

Alan Liu, University of California at Santa Barbara

Co-Sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Talk: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 3:30 PM 

Toy Lounge, Dey Hall

“Key Trends in Digital Humanities: How the Digital Humanities Challenge the Idea of the Humanities”

Seminar: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 3:30 PM 

The Incubator, Hyde Hall 

“How to Be a Humanist in the Year 2030: Digital Humanities and the New Norms of Scholarship (A Prophecy)”


Alan Liu is Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  His books include Wordsworth: The Sense of History (1989); The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information (2004); and Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database (2008).  Liu started the Voice of the Shuttle web site for humanities research in 1994. He is founder and co-leader of the advocacy initiative. Currently, he is leading the big-data, topic-modeling project titled "WhatEvery1Says" on public discourse about the humanities.

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