Archive for November, 2012

November 29, 2012

Website launch for The Open Utopia

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
5:30PM – 7:30PM
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

Join Stephen Duncombe (Gallatin and MCC, NYU) and Bob Stein (Institute for the Future of the Book) for the launch of The Open Utopia, an open-source project based on Sir Thomas Moreʼs Utopia. Using the platform Social Book, users can add their own notes, criticisms, or anecdotes to the text which can be read by everyone. For more information, please visit: This is an NYU-DH (Digital Humanities @ NYU) event.

Read the recent Chronicle of Higher Education article about The Open Utopia and Social Book.

November 24, 2012

“What Should Children Read?”

From Sara Mosle, “What Should Children Read?” NY Times (November 22, 2012):

“What schools really need isn’t more nonfiction but better nonfiction, especially that which provides good models for student writing. Most students could use greater familiarity with what newspaper, magazine and book editors call “narrative nonfiction”: writing that tells a factual story, sometimes even a personal one, but also makes an argument and conveys information in vivid, effective ways.

What Tom Wolfe once said about New Journalism could be applied to most student writing. It benefits from intense reporting, immersion in a subject, imaginative scene setting, dialogue and telling details. These are the very skills most English teachers want students to develop. What’s odd is how rarely such literary nonfiction appears on English — or other class — reading lists. In addition to a biology textbook, for example, why can’t more high school students read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”?”

November 14, 2012

Workshop presentation: Scalar

Workshop: An Overview of Multimodal Publishing (Tara McPherson)
Thursday, November 15, 12:30 PM
19 University Place, room 222

This brown-bag workshop will address practical and theoretical questions regarding approaches to multimodal scholarly publishing and focus in particular on Scalar. For DCI participants and others working in digital publishing, this promises to be a great opportunity to learn about combining textual, visual, and audio media in order to complicate and deepen the kind of questions their projects examine. As the editorial statement for the Vectors journal contends, multimodal projects exhibit the unique ability “to represent the multiple collaborations and conflicts that take place in interactive and computational media, highlighting not only the virtual dialogue between creator and producer, but also the tenuous alliance of human and machine intelligence.”