What’s public about the digital humanities?

The digital public humanities are having a moment. Universities, museums, and other cultural institutions are exploring how technology and new media are changing the ways in which individuals create, perceive, and interact with cultural heritage.

(Distributed October 17, 2016)

Learn about the Columbia University Oral History MA program

Thursday, October 27, 2016
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Nightingale-Brown House

Questions & Answers with Amy Starcheski, Co-Director of Oral History MA Program at Columbia University.

Columbia University’s Oral History Master of Arts Program is the first program of its kind in the United States: a one-year interdisciplinary MA degree training students in oral history method and theory. Through the creation, archiving and analysis of individual, community and institutional histories, we amplify the critical first-person narratives that constitute memory for generations to come.


How do you tell an incomplete story?

Thursday, October 20, 2016
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Nightingale-Brown House

For five years Sunila Galappatti listened to Commodore Ajith Boyagoda, as he recounted to her his experience as a prisoner of war; the highest ranking officer to be captured and held by the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka’s long civil war. This year they published together A Long Watch; a memoir re-told. Sunila Galappatti describes the process of writing this book: her efforts to capture the temperate and understated voice of its protagonist and her considered choice to tell one man’s story, even while exploring other histories that intersected with it.


Inside the Maelstrom of the Culture Wars of the 1990s

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Nightingale-Brown House

John Killacky was curator of Performing Arts at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis from 1988-1996. Many of the artists he presented during that time: Karen Finley, Holly Hughes, Bill T. Jones, Marlon Riggs, Ron Athey, among others came under attack from conservative members of Congress and religious groups who were opposed to them receiving governmental support from the National Endowment for the Arts. He will share his experiences and perspectives of presenting controversial artists during the Culture Wars.

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