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Following last year’s highly successful event, NYCDH Week 2019 begins on February 4 with a kickoff gathering at Lincoln Center Campus (113 W. 60th St., 12th Floor). This year’s theme is Information and Democracy. The day-long event features speakers, roundtables, lightning talks and networking sessions.


Registration: 10-10:30
Keynote: 10:30-11:30 – Meredith Broussard
Panel: 11:30-12:30 – Information, Democracy, Archives and Absence
Lunch: 12:30-1:30
Lightning Talks: 1:30-2:15
Graduate Student Awards and Presentations: 2:15-3:15
Break: 15 minutes
Roundtable: 3:30-4:30 – DH in K-12
Digibar: 5pm, Empire Hotel Rooftop


Meredith Broussard

Meredith Broussard

This year’s keynote speaker will be data journalist Meredith BroussardMs. Broussard is an assistant professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University and the author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World. Her academic research focuses on artificial intelligence in investigative reporting, with a particular interest in using data analysis for social good. She is also interested in reproducible research issues and is developing methods for preserving innovative digital journalism projects in scholarly archives so that we can read today’s news on tomorrow’s computers.


In addition to our keynote there will be two roundtables at the NYCDH Kickoff Event:

Information, Democracy, Archives, and Absence

This panel offers a historical perspective for our kick-off day’s theme of Information and Democracy. As digitization makes archives more accessible, and as digital humanities methods such as mapping and computational analysis provide new ways of interrogating the relationship between knowledge and power, we ask how scholars are bringing about new insights about the relationship between the social and political challenges of our present and the lost voices of our past. Panelists will build on recent discussions of what Thomas Padilla has called “engaging absence” in the archive to demonstrate how DH enables us to contemplate what we know and how we know it and democratize the production of knowledge.


  • Juber Ayala, Library Associate Puerto Rican Community Archive, NJ Hispanic Research & Information Center at The Newark Public Library and graduate student in Rutger’s University’s Information Science program
  • Alex Gil, Digital Scholarship Librarian at Columbia University Libraries and Affiliate Faculty of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University
  • Jenna Freedman – Associate Director of Communications and Zine Librarian, Personal Librarian for transfer and commuter students and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Barnard College
  • Wendy Hayden – Associate Professor, Department of English, Hunter College
  • Meredith Broussard – Assistant Professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University (respondent)

Moderator: Kelley Kreitz, Assistant Professor of English and Co-Director of Babble Lab, Pace University

DH in K-12

What are the challenges and success stories to date in adapting DH for K-12 education, and how might those experiences inform DH pedagogy in higher education? This panel contributes to an emerging conversation about expanding digital humanities into K-12 education. Panelists with experience running DH and computer science initiatives in public and private schools will discuss the opportunities that such initiatives provide to enhance K-12 education. They will also discuss how DH differs in a K-12 context, and how we can strengthen the relationship between K-12 and higher education DH communities.


  • Tom Liam Lynch, Associate Professor of Educational Technology, Co-Director of Babble Lab, Pace University
  • Dave Thomas, History Teacher, Trevor Day School
  • Cheryl Wolf, Librarian, NYC Public Schools
  • Ben Samuels-Kalow, Founder and Head of School, Creo College Prep Charter School, Bronx, NY

Moderator: Kimon Keramidas, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU XE: Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement Master’s Program

Graduate Student Award Presentations

  • Eamonn Bell (Columbia University), “A New Ground-Truth Data Set for Automatic Annotation Extraction from Musical Scores”
  • Lucia Motolinia Carballo (NYU), “Electoral Accountability and Local Public Goods: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Mexico”
  • Katy Gero (Columbia University), “Visualizing Sonority to Augment Poetry Writing”
  • John Clegg (NYU), “African American Civil War Soldiers Project”

Free Lunch!!

Registrants to the kickoff event will be provided a free lunch courtesy of Fordham University. In order to guarantee a free lunch make sure you register for the kickoff event by January 29th!

Also, registration for workshops is open so go to our schedule or workshop listings and sign up now!