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The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (Slavic Program) and the Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities (Digital Humanities Program) welcome:

Prof. David Birnbaum (University of Pittsburgh) “Meter, Rhythm, Rhyme: Teaching a Computer to Read Poetry”

Monday, March 6, 2017 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

The Center for Global Engagement, Room 2600

Refreshments will be served. This talk is open to the public.

Prof. Birnbaum is Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. The author of numerous articles, book chapters, and editions, Prof. Birnbaum specializes in Digital Humanities, historical linguistics and medieval Slavic manuscripts. In 2015 he received the Marin Drinov medal from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences for his contributions to scholarship. In 2013 he received an award from the American Association for Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages for his contributions to teaching.
The Digital Humanities MA program is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year. Digital Humanities brings data and information sciences together with traditional print humanities to seek new approaches, new questions, and new methods in research, teaching, and the public promotion of humanities. Digital humanists engage in a wide variety of work creating and curating digital collections and tools, analyzing text, image, and ideas with digital tools, and studying digital culture and how it impacts our ideas about the world. FSU’s Digital Humanities MA program was launched in Fall 2016 to build upon connections among faculty and staff across multiple departments and schools of the university. These include Arts and Sciences departments (e.g.Anthropology, Art History, Classics, English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, PIH), University Libraries, the School of Communication, and a growing list of collaborators. The graduate program aims to train graduate students for a wide variety of careers that depend upon both broad technological skills and the communication and analytic skills essential to study in the humanities. For full funding consideration, applications must be received by January 30. Applications received after that date will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Questions about the program should be directed to Dr. Allen Romano, or (850) 644-3487.
Dr. Allen Romano, PIH faculty member and coordinator of the Digital Humanities graduate program, was recognized by the Office of Distance Learning for excellence in Online Teaching and in Online Course Design. His course in Summer 2016 was the first online version of the popular HUM 2020, The Art of Being Human, to be offered.
FSU News Release

This course will be offered again online in upcoming semesters.
The Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities co-sponsored a highly successful conference on "Invisible Work in Digital Humanities", November 17 and 18, at FSU. The two day symposium addressed the unspoken assumptions surrounding collaborative work in the digital humanities by exploring quesitons about diverging expectations, unequal labor, and invisible work. The event was live-streamed and recordings of the keynote talks can be found at the conference website: Look for a whitepaper and special issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly from the conference.

The event was organized in conjunction with the FSU School of Information, the Office of Digital Research and Scholarship, the Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities, and the Rhetoric and Composition Graduate Program. Funding was generously provided by the Department of English, the School of Information, the Office of Research, the Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities, the Provost's Office, and the University Libraries.
The Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities is offering a new undergraduate humanities and writing course beginning in Spring 2017. The class, Humanism and the Humanities, fulfills the university's Upper Division Writing Requirement. This course is designed to develop writing skills by exploring the development of the idea of humanism from its pre-Greek form in the Ancient Near East to the present day. Students will become familiar with the central works of humanistic literature and art from each period, as well as the evolution of the concept of “human rights.” By the end of the course, students will be able to express in lucid English prose how the concept of humanism arose, how it has evolved, and the way in which it continues to shape and define Western Civilization through the humanities. The course will be taught by Dr. Kathryn Stoddard, Undergraduate Director in PIH.