The digital pioneers

first_imgOpen a book to read. Gaze at a painting. Listen to music.For centuries, these private acts were at the heart of scholarship in the humanities, the cluster of academic disciplines that study the human condition.But 160 years ago, scholars began to think of literature at least as a cultural artifact subject to quantitative interpretation. In the 19th century, vocabulary-counting schemes were used to investigate the authorship of St. Paul’s writings and the plays of Shakespeare.Then came computers, and with them a growing desire to apply computational power to the humanities. Starting in 1949, an Italian Jesuit priest named Roberto Busa enlisted the aid of IBM computers to produce an index of the 11 million words of medieval Latin in writings by Thomas Aquinas and others. A flurry of interest in literary concordances followed, ushering in the first age of digital humanities.But now we are in the age of Digital Humanities 2.0, according to authorities at a recent panel of the same name, held at the Barker Center on Feb. 10 and sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard.Future digital scholars will explore the meaning of a single work, figure, or period by layering text with images, audio, film, 3-D artifacts, markups, and other multimedia resources housed — often untouched — in archives around the world.Emerging models of such scholarship represent a “rich moment,” said panel moderator Jeffrey Schnapp, a Harvard professor of Romance languages and literatures and the founder 11 years ago of the groundbreaking Stanford Humanities Lab.Today, Schnapp directs the metaLAB (at) Harvard, a cross-University center for investigating new forms of digital scholarship. He called the center “a cluster of experiments” and “an invitation” to Harvard’s community of scholars — all of them poised at this new digital frontier.MetaLAB is hosted by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where Schnapp is a fellow. (He is also a visiting professor of architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.)Humanities 2.0 will offer up new “plausible genres for scholarly exchange,” said Schnapp, and they will likely share four features:The “animation” of archives: to process, preserve, distribute, and link archival material in a way that recognizes “visualization as a core feature of humanities scholarship,” he said. “The linguistic will take a visual turn” in this new scholarship, said panelist Peter Lunenfeld, a design and media arts professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).“Artifactual knowledge”: ways to layer 3-D artifacts and other images into more traditional narrative forms. Archives have expanded their collections, yet access is limited to these vast cultural repositories. Digital tools can “break up this logjam,” said Schnapp.“Thick mapping”: adding geospatial layers to arts and humanities scholarship. MetaLAB is incubating Zeega, an open-source tool kit that enables immersive multimedia projects. It’s being developed, in part, at Harvard. And panelist Todd Presner, a comparative literature professor at UCLA, introduced his 10-year project HyperCities, a way of presenting urban histories that layer old conceptions of place with new, interactive ones. “It’s a very, very rich way of thinking about place,” he said. “This is not ‘thin mapping’ anymore.”“Literary genomics”: a way of using “vastly expanded data sets” to investigate literature and other cultural treasures, said Schnapp. (As reported in the journal Science last year, a team of Harvard researchers used a 500 billion-word data set from 5.2 million Google-digitized books to analyze word occurrences between 1500 and 2008.)Despite these new tools, digital humanities remains “a complement to traditional practices of scholarship,” said Schnapp, not a way to displace them.But digital humanities will require rethinking what being an “author” means, panelists said. In a world known for scholars toiling in jealous solitude, the humanities may adopt a collaborative concept already common in the sciences: multiple authorship.How do you give credit for a digital project that uses new software, peer-reviewed literature, oral histories, and a stew of other inputs? “It raises huge questions,” said Presner, who described one project that had 18 authors, 12,000 lines of code, and other creative layers.Back when digital humanities meant using computers to count words, there was a “pleasure in explicit regimes” of quantitative scholarship that once belonged only to the sciences, said Johanna Drucker, an information studies professor at UCLA.But in a realm that is now so versatile and visual, the digital humanities have to find ways to express the ambiguity at the heart of so much culture.“Things that are subtle and complex,” said Drucker, “take longer to understand.”last_img read more

Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident summary from Wednesday, Feb. 22.View Roundup 02-24 in a larger mapCrimes against a personAt 9:17 p.m., two suspects approached two non-USC females who were walking near Vermont Avenue and 37th Place and one of them forcibly grabbed a purse from one of the females’ hands. The suspect demanded money while searching through the purse and the female informed him that she didn’t have any. The suspect threw the purse back at the female and demanded money from the second female. The second female opened her bag to show the suspect that she also had no money and both suspects subsequently fled on foot. DPS officers responded and conducted a search but were unable to locate the suspects.Crimes against propertyAt 5:29 p.m., two suspects who arranged to meet with a student at Marks Tower to sell him what he believed to be his stolen laptop computer were arrested by LAPD officers for outstanding warrants. The computer in question did not belong to the student.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 5:37 p.m., DPS officers responded to a report of an intoxicated staff member refusing to leave the pizzeria at Raddison Midcity Hotel after his manager asked him to do so. The officers advised the staff member that his manager would like him to leave the premises and he complied without further incident.At 2:02 p.m., a student reported that she closed and locked the door to her dorm room in Parkside Residential Building upon leaving in the morning and when she returned in the afternoon she found it open. No property was removed.last_img read more

Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla: Fight time, price, how to watch, live stream

first_imgHow do I watch Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla?You can watch Lomachenko vs. Crolla on ESPN+.Where is the Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla fight?Vasiliy Lomachenko and Anthony Crolla will fight at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Lomachenko competes in the United States’ second largest market for the second time, while Crolla fights in the “City of Angels” for the first time.Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla betting oddsAccording to ProBoxingOdds.com, Vasiliy Lomachenko is a -20000 favorite, which means you’ll need to bet $20,000 to win $100. Meanwhile, Crolla is a +3500 underdog, meaning if you bet $100, you could win $3,500. Vasiliy Lomachenko record and bioName: Vasiliy LomachenkoNationality: UkrainianBorn: February, 17 1988Height: 5-7 Reach:  65″Total fights: 13Record: 12-1 with nine knockouts.Anthony Crolla record and bioName: Anthony CrollaNationality: BritishBorn: December 15, 1987Height: 5-8 ½Reach:  67″Total fights: 43Record: 34-6-3 with 13 knockouts.Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla fight cardMatchupClassBeltVasiliy Lomachenko vs. Anthony CrollaLightweightWBA/WBOGilberto Ramirez vs. Tommy KarpencyLight Heavyweight…Mike Alvarado vs. Arnold Barboza Jr.Welterweight…Alexander Besputin vs. Alfredo BlancoWelterweight…Janibek Alimkhauly vs. Cristian OlivasMiddleweight…Guido Vianello vs. Lawrence GabrielHeavyweight…Ruben Rodriguez vs. Ramel SnegurWelterweight…Christopher Zavala vs. Sergio Antonio GonzalezJunior Lightweight…Elvis Rodriguez vs. Kevin Alofonso LunaJunior Welterweight… Vasiliy Lomachenko, arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet, will be making his 2019 debut when he puts his WBA and WBO lightweight titles on the line against Anthony Crolla on Friday, April 12, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. After a successful debut at 135 pounds in May, when he captured the WBO belt in a 10th-round TKO victory over Jorge Linares, Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) added the WBA strap to his collection in December by beating José Pedraza via a lopsided unanimous decision. Another title unification bout appeared to be on the horizon with IBF titlist Richard Commey, but Commey couldn’t take the fight because of a right-hand injury suffered in his title win against Isa Chaniev. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearSo, enter Anthony Crolla, the WBA mandatory challenger from England.Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KOs) is a former WBA lightweight champion, having won the belt with a fifth-round KO of Darleys Pérez in November 2015. The 32-year-old made one successful title defense before losing the strap to Jorge Linares in September 2016. “Million Dolla” lost the rematch to Linares as well, but has gone on to win three consecutive fights to earn the chance to dethrone one of boxing’s best. Boxing pundits and fans alike feel like Lomachenko is going have an easy night at the office and beat Crolla quite handily. But for whatever it’s worth, Crolla is a good and tough fighter who will give it everything he has.Still, can Crolla pull off the upset? Or does Lomachenko further prove why he’s one of the best in the fight game?Here’s all you need to know about Lomachenko-Crolla.(All times Eastern.)When is the Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla fight?Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla commences on Friday, April 12. The main card begins at 11 p.m., with Lomachenko and Crolla expected to make the walk to the ring for the main event at around 12:15 a.m.last_img read more