In conjunction with the inaugural Digital Humanities Summer Minor, DH at Berkeley will be hosting a weekly DH Summer Lecture series, highlighting the distinguished work of faculty and scholars engaged in the digital humanities at UC Berkeley.

While this series is designed to complement the coursework of the DH Summer minor, all are welcome to attend and learn more about DH scholarship on campus. This series will be held weekly on Thursday afternoons at 2:00 PM in the D-Lab Convening Room (356B Barrows Hall).

Each week, our featured speaker will present on their work followed by ample time for Q&A and discussion. Find more information about the speaker line-up below.


Session A:

May 31st: Claudia von Vacano

Claudia von Vacano is the Executive Director of the D-Lab and the Digital Humanities at Berkeley, and is on the boards of the Social Science Matrix and Berkeley Center for New Media. Her expertise is in organizational theory and behavior and in educational and language policy implementation. She will be presenting on the work of the D-Lab Hate Speech Team, whose study identifies and examines online incidences of hate speech, designing a research methodology that is replicable. They use qualitative coding methods to tease out the nuances of hate speech and subsequently optimize machine learning methods to catalog hate speech incidences.


June 7th: Jeri Wieringa

Jeri E. Wieringa is a PhD candidate in History at George Mason University, working at the intersection of religious history and the digital humanities. Her current research uses topic modeling to examine the role of end-times expectation in the religious and cultural development of Seventh-day Adventism in the U.S. during the 19th and early 20th centuries. She has worked as a research assistant with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, as the digital publishing production lead for the George Mason University Libraries, and as an editor for The Programming Historian.


June 14th: Adam Anderson

Adam Anderson is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Humanities. His work brings together the fields of archaeology and computational linguistics to quantify the social and economic landscapes emerging during the late third to early second millennia in the ancient Near East. His research employs specialized methods for replicable qualitative and quantitative analysis of textual artifacts to illustrate cross-cultural trade and model socio-economic events using computational text analysis, network analysis, and geospatial analysis. The bulk of this analysis stems from contextualizing artifacts from the excavation to the museum catalogs and secondary publications (1 minute video description).


June 21st: Alexandra Saum-Pascual

Alexandra Saum-Pascual is Assistant Professor of Spanish, teaching Post Civil-War and Contemporary Spanish Literature and Culture (20th and 21st Centuries). She is also part of the Executive Committee of the Berkeley Center for New Media. Saum-Pascual's research expands on the relationship between literature and digital technologies, questioning what this means for contemporary literary experimentalism. By applying a methodological scope coming from the fields of New Media and Electronic Literature, she offers a unique contribution to the field of Digital Humanities in Spanish, and to Spanish literary and cultural studies overall.


*Please note there will be no presentations on June 28th or July 5th*


Session D

July 12th: Justin Underhill

Justin Underhill is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Humanities at UC Berkeley. He earned his PhD in Art History from Berkeley, completing a dissertation, “World Art and the Illumination of Virtual Space,” that uses advanced software to reconstruct the architectural contexts in which works of art were displayed. Such research explores the relation between pictures and the lighting of the space in which they were originally viewed. Underhill continued this work in his prior appointment as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Humanities at the University of Southern California. Presently, among other projects, he is developing, a site dedicated to digital capture, forensic visualization, and the history of art.


July 19th: Scott Saul

Scott Saul is a historian and critic who has written for The New York Times, Harper's MagazineThe Nation, and other publications. The author of Becoming Richard Pryor and Freedom Is, Freedom Ain't: Jazz and the Making of the Sixties, he is also the creator of Richard Pryor's Peoria, an extensive digital companion to his biography of the comedian. He teaches courses in American literature and history at Berkeley.


July 26th: Evan Muzzall

Evan Muzzall earned his PhD in Biological Anthropology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he focused on spatial patterns of skeletal and dental variation in two large necropoles of Iron Age Central Italy (1st millennium BC). His current research focuses on how environmental and cultural influences affect "normal" skeletal and dental developmental trajectories and various machine learning topics. He is the Instructional Services Lead at the D-Lab, teaches several of the R workshop trainings, and helped found the Machine Learning Working Group in Fall 2016.


August 2nd: Stacy Reardon

Stacy Reardon is the Literatures and Digital Humanities Librarian at UC Berkeley as well as a doctoral candidate in Ethnic American literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a member of the Scholarly Communication Expertise Group at UC Berkeley, serves on the editorial board for C&RL News, and reads for the New England Review literary magazine. Stacy has been a librarian at Middlebury College in Vermont and has several years of experience in instructional technology.


August 9th: Bryan Wagner

Bryan Wagner is Associate Professor in the English Department at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on African American expression in the context of slavery and its aftermath, and he has secondary interests in legal history and critical theory. He is the author of Disturbing the Peace: Black Culture and the Police Power after Slavery (Harvard University Press, 2009) and The Tar Baby: A Global History (Princeton University Press, 2017). Current projects include a digital archive of the 1795 Louisiana Slave Conspiracy and an edition dedicated to the fugitive slave, Bras-Coupé. A book in progress, The Sorrow Songs, considers the theology of the African American spirituals.