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Fall 2013 Sawyier Lecture

How do Scientists Think? Conceptual Innovation on the Frontiers of Science

Scientific thinking is one of the most sophisticated achievements of human creativity. Nancy J. Nersessian, Regents’ Professor and Professor of Cognitive Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will give a talk on an element of scientific thinking crucial to scientific progress--creating conceptual innovations. Her talk will focus on a fascinating case of conceptual innovation that occurred during a two-year episode in a neural engineering science lab that involved two interacting models, one bio-engineered and the other, computational.

Professor Nersessian will present her lecture on IIT’s main campus on Friday, November 8, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of Engineering 1.

2012-2013 Humanities Department Speaker Series: Defining Boundaries and Goals in the Digital Humanities

This new series will bring in speakers from outside IIT and from departments across IIT to discuss the current state of the art in digital humanities and explore disciplinary issues within the emerging field. Speakers will include academics in multiple fields, library professionals, and public historians. All IIT staff, students, and faculty are welcome to attend. The series is meant to jump-start discussions about how our department should design an undergraduate and a graduate specialization in digital humanities over the course of the next two years.

Meetings in the series, approximately one per month, will be held on Thursdays, 1 pm - 2:30 pm in the conference room in Siegel Hall Room 218. Other questions? Contact mhicks1@iit.edu.

Date Speaker Topic
September 20, 2012 Sarah Roberts (UIUC) "Digital Humanity: Foregrounding Human Traces in Technological Systems (and Why We Should Care)."
Her talk will discuss current ethical and labor issues in digital humanities from a historical perspective.
November 8, 2012 Stan Ruecker (IIT Institute of Design) "Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching in the First North American MA in the Digital Humanities: The University of Alberta's MA in Humanities Computing."
His talk will focus on his key role in creating the first MA program in digital humanities.
February 14, 2013 Leilah Lyons (UIC) "The CoCensus Project: Aligning Embodiment with Informal Learning."
Her talk will focus on developing interfaces for user interaction with big data in the context of museum studies and public education.
March 14, 2013 Steven Jones (Loyola) "The Emergence of the Digital Humanities."
His talk will draw on his new book of the same name, and discuss the development of digital humanities as a field of academic inquiry.
April 11, 2013 Jennifer Thom (Newberry Library) Her talk will focus on the creation of digital archives and publications, including a site called Mapping Movement that will combine traditional and faceted searching, Foreign Language Press Survey Project and her work creating a digital archive out of "hidden archives" of 18th c. French Broadsheets at the Newberry.

Lewis Department of Humanities Colloquium Schedule

All colloquiua except the Sawyier Lecture will take place in the conference room in 218 Siegel Hall and will be held on Thursdays at 3:15 p.m., unless otherwise announced.

Date Speaker Topic
September 13, 2012 Michael Davis
CSEP and Humanities (IIT)
"World Government: A Lockean Perspective "
September 20, 2012 Bob Ladenson
Professor Emeritus of Humanities (IIT)
"The Judicial Duty of Fidelity to Law: A Gertian Analysis"
October 4, 2012 Warren Schmaus
Humanities (IIT)
"Renouvier: A Political Philosopher of Science"
October 18, 2012 Cathy Bronson
History (UIC)
"Women's Bodies: Sharī'a and Orthopraxy"
November 1, 2012 Ty Fagain
Philosophy (Elmhurst College)
"Reading Animal Minds: Anthropomorphism and Anthropodenial"
November 15, 2012 Joseph Miller
Sawyier Pre-Doctoral Fellow (IIT)
"Democritus the Paradox"
November 29, 2012 Stephen Harris
Sawyier Pre-Doctoral Fellow (IIT)