March 27, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Johanna DruckerJohanna Drucker will give the talk, "We Were Humanists Before We Were Digital," on Tuesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Science Lecture Hall (Room 268) at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the ongoing Humanities Institute speaker series.

Drucker, who is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies at UCLA, is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art and digital humanities.

In her talk, she will ask "How has the digital humanities engaged with humanistic principles in the design and implementation of projects and platforms? Where are the generative and productive faultlines at the intersection of traditional and digital scholarly approaches?"

Using several case studies and analyses of projects, platforms, and tools, this presentation argues for informed and skeptical relations between humanistic scholarship and digital methods.

The next speaker in the Humanities Institute Series will be Alan Liu, who will give the talk, "Key Trends in Digital Humanities: How the Digital Humanities Challenge the Idea of the Humanities," on Monday, April 27, at 5 p.m. in Olin Science Building Lecture Hall.

Alan LiuA professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Liu also is an affiliated faculty member of UCSB's Media Arts & Technology graduate program. Previously, he was on the faculty of Yale University's English Department and British Studies Program.

In his talk he will address the question, "How do such key methods in the digital humanities as data mining, mapping, visualization, social network analysis, and topic modeling make an essential difference in the idea of the humanities, and vice versa?" 

Using examples of digital humanities research, Liu speculates on the large questions that confront the humanities in the face of computational media — most importantly, questions about the nature and function of interpretive "meaning."

The Humanities Institute Series is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Program in Comparative Humanities, the French and Francophone Studies Program, the Digital Scholarship Center, the University Lectureship Committee, and the Department of Art and Art History.