Paris Harper Lecture Featuring Robert Morrissey, PhD'82

Navigating the Sea of Information

Cost:
€20/person
€10/recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for UChicago graduates from the current academic year
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Phoenix, and Medical and Biological Sciences Alumni Association philanthropic societies

Registration Required: 
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Information is everywhere today: cell phones, tablets, computers, and now, “wearables” and smart devices—all of which bombard us with a constant stream of data, much of it in the form of text. When did this feeling of being overwhelmed by an overabundance of text first take hold? Recent research in the growing field of digital humanities is helping to address these questions through the development of new tools and approaches: new ways of navigating the sea of information.

Robert Morrissey, PhD’82, a scholar of French literature and digital humanities, will discuss the use of modern computational technologies—textual optics—to attack issues and anxieties that can be traced back to the Renaissance. Together with Glenn Roe, PhD’10, senior lecturer in digital humanities at the Australian National University and visiting professor at the Sorbonne, Morrissey will examine the way ghosts of thinkers from the Renaissance and Enlightenment continue to haunt and inhabit our age of information.

Event Details

6:00 p.m. Registration and networking
6:30 p.m. Presentation and discussion
7:30 p.m. Reception

 

€20/person
€10/recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for UChicago graduates from the current academic year
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Phoenix, and Medical and Biological Sciences Alumni Association philanthropic societies

Parking Information

No on-site parking. Three nearby lots within a five-minute walk: Vinci Place Vendôme, €29/24 hours; two other nearby lots, approximately €13.20/up to three hours.

Featured Faculty


Robert Morrissey, PhD’82, is the Benjamin Franklin Professor of French Literature and director of the ARTFL Encyclopédie Project, one of North America’s oldest and most highly respected digital humanities projects. He won the Grand Prix d’histoire Chateaubriand for his book Charlemagne and France: A Thousand Years of Mythology, and he has been appointed to the Légion d’honneur.


 

Event Contact
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