The Humanities in a Digital Age

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Northwestern University presents a series of events Monday, April 23, 2012, dedicated to the humanities in the digital
age. These events will feature three guest speakers—Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Tara McPherson, and Katherine Rowe—
each a leading scholar in the digital humanities. The day's events will culminate in a panel discussion hosted by the
University Library and titled "The Humanities in a Digital Age." The full schedule is below. Download the poster here.
For more information, please contact Nathan Mead at


The Future of Authorship: Writing in the Digital Age
Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association, on leave
from her position as Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College, in Claremont, California. She is the author
of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (2011) and The Anxiety of
Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television
 (2006). She is co-founder of the digital scholarly
network MediaCommons and blogs at her website Planned Obsolescence.

  • Monday, April 23 @ 12 p.m.
  • Graduate Student Commons: 2122 Sheridan Road, Room 250, 2nd Floor
  • Lunch will be served.


Animating the Archive: Scholarship in the Digital Era
Tara McPherson is an Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Critical Studies at the University of
Southern California.  She is the author of Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender and Nostalgia in the Imagined
(2003), co-editor of the anthology Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture (2003),
and editor of Vectors, a multimedia publishing project sponsored by the Institute for Multimedia Literacy.
She is also the lead PI for Scalar, a new digital research and publishing environment from the Alliance 
for Networking Visual Culture.

  • Monday, April 23 @ 11 a.m.
  • The Alice Kaplan Center for the Humanities: 1880 Campus Drive, Kresge Hall 2-370  
  • Lunch will be served. 


Grand Humanities: The Future of Undergraduate Research
Katherine Rowe is Chair of the Department of English at Bryn Mawr College and a leader in the Tri-Co
Digital Humanities
, a research and teaching collaboration of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges.
She is the author of Dead Hands: Fictions of Agency, Renaissance to Modern (1999), and co-author of New
Wave Shakespeare on Screen

  • Monday, April 23 @ 12 p.m.
  • Hagstrum Room: 1897 Sheridan Road, University Hall 201
  • Refreshments will be provided.


The Humanities in a Digital Age [WATCH VIDEO]
A panel presentation on the humanities in a digital age with guest speakers Kathleen Fitzpatrick (MLA),
Tara McPherson (USC), and Katherine Rowe (Bryn Mawr). The event will be moderated by Sarah Pritchard,
Dean of Libraries, Northwestern University.

  • Monday, April 23 @ 4 p.m.
  • Ver Steeg Faculty Lounge, Main Library, Third Floor, South Tower
  • Reception to follow.


Sponsored by 
Northwestern University Library
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
The Graduate School
NUIT Academic & Research Technologies
The Chabraja Center for Historical Studies
The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities
Department of Communication Studies
Department of English
Department of History