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Dan Edelstein

From the Department of French and Italian, Stanford University

Wednesday, April 24th, 12:00-1:30pm

Modern Languages Building, Room 201

Dan Edelstein

How to Read a Million Letters

The Humanities have entered the age of Big Data. Does this also mean that quantification will make a comeback? Already some scholars are announcing the return of “cliometrics.” In this talk, I examine the place that quantification can play in humanistic projects, particularly those that rely on messy datasets. While I readily grant that quantification is a useful and even necessary tool in digital humanities, I argue that it must still be supplemented by the qualitative, hermeneutic skills that humanists have honed over time.

Cosponsored by the department of History

Missed the talk? Watch Dr. Edelstein's presentation HERE