December 2015 Archives

December 7, 2015

All are welcome to join us on Wednesday, December 9th at 10:00 am for a preview presentation of the upcoming exhibit “Student Research at Yale University Library” in the Beinecke’s temporary classroom in Sterling Memorial Library. The Yale University Library is delighted to provide an opportunity to showcase exceptional undergraduate and graduate student research. Our students have access to some of the most remarkable collections in the world, and our talented and diverse staff is dedicated to supporting research and teaching at Yale through access to these exemplary resources.

The four exhibitions previewed will be "Dotonbori and Osaka’s Urban History" (John D'Amico '16, East Asia Studies), "Shocking Calumnies: The Angry Reader and the Early Modern Book" (Eve Houghton '17, English), "Just for the Record: Letters of a Columbia Executive" (Mary Jones GRD '18, Music), and "Othniel Charles Marsh and the Yale College Fossil Hunting Expeditions of 1870-1873" (David McCullough '17, American Studies). The student curators will be present to discuss their research topics, and visitors will have the opportunity to to examine materials from East Asia Studies Special Collections, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, and more! A coffee and tea reception will follow at 11:00 a.m.

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December 4, 2015

Humanities Data in R

To celebrate the launch of Humanities Data in R, the DHLab hosted a book talk and reception on Friday, December 4, starting at 3:30pm in Sterling Memorial Library, room 315. Co-authors Taylor Arnold (Statistics) and Lauren Tilton (American Studies) described the genesis of the book and overviewed its chapters. Pioneering in its design, the book covers four major types of data structures (networks, text corpora, geospatial data, and images) using humanities examples. Humanities Data in R is intended for a 1-2 semester introductory course on digital methods in the humanities and social sciences, or as an intermediate level self-study guide. While focused on humanities applications, the material is also a useful reference for anyone looking to apply exploratory data analysis methods to network, geospatial, image, and text data. A bulk download of the supplementary code and data can be found on the book's website.

A physical copy of Humanities Data in R is available through retailers such as Amazon or directly through the publisher, Springer. The Springer site also offers digital editions and free digital access to participating institutions through SpringLink. The book collection in the DHLab also includes a printed copy for use in the lab.

Photos from the event:


About the authors:

Taylor Arnold is currently a lecturer in the Department of Statistics at Yale and senior scientist at AT&T Labs. His research focuses on the analysis of large, complex datasets and the resulting computational challenges. A particular area of focus is the sparse representation of highly structured objects such as text corpora and digital images. He is the technical co-director of the NEH-funded project Photogrammar.

Lauren Tilton is a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University. Her interests include participatory media, twentieth-century history, and visual culture. She is the co-director of the NEH-funded project Photogrammar.

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December 2, 2015

Register now for this shot-on-video cult classic 555 (1988) on Tuesday, December 8 at 8:00 pm in Bass Library LO1 – a horror thriller that epitomizes the cultural productions made possible through VHS. Cheaply made with hand-held camcorders, the shot-on-video genre offered the general public the chance to make movies that could find an audience in the video rental store. Without the general availability of the technology of videotape, this movie, and others like it, would not exist.

With extremely low production values, unintentionally funny dialog, and wooden (but enthusiastic) acting, this movie is so bad it’s good. 555 follows a pair of bumbling detectives as they attempt to catch a serial killer in Chicago who takes five victims, over five days, every five years. Along the way our detectives must manage the intrigues of a sleazy and corrupt district attorney and a reporter who is willing to do anything to get her story. This screening is thought to be the first viewing of 555 in an academic setting.

Warning: this movie contains scenes of gore and violence. The Zombies, Maniacs, and Monsters series will continue in the Spring 2016 semester. Movie titles are still being determined.

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December 2, 2015

Odds and Ends Art Book Fair at YUAG

Save the date! Friday, December 11

Art Book Fair "Odds and Ends" - Books by artists and art-book makers will be on display and for sale. The fair includes books from small independent publishers who focus on art, architecture, photography, and design; rare and limited-edition books and zines printed in short runs and showcasing a range of publishing endeavors; and book works by students from the Yale School of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.

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