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DH Mixer Welcomes New Certificate Students, Connects Humanities Informatics Lab with Digital Humanities

Photo of audience listening to Dean Unsworth welcome new DH Certificate students

DH mixer attendees listen on during lightning talks on human and machine intelligence in Brooks Hall.

DH Mixer Welcomes New Certificate Students, Connects Humanities Informatics Lab with Digital Humanities

By Logan Heiman


The fall 2019 DH Mixer celebrated the first cohort of DH Certificate students and featured lightning talks from members of the Humanities Informatics Lab. It drew approximately fifty faculty, administrators, graduate students, and staff from UVA’s DH community earlier this month. 

The program in Brooks Hall began with welcoming remarks from John Unsworth ‘88, University Librarian and Dean of the Libraries, and DH Certificate program administrator Rennie Mapp ‘09, McIntire ‘16. They hailed the outstanding quality of DH Certificate applications from the twenty-three admits, noting the cross-disciplinary assortment of the program’s cohort representing ten UVA schools and departments. Unsworth was especially pleased with the certificate’s uptake given his decade-long tenure as director of IATH and longstanding support of UVA’s DH infrastructure. 

The program then turned to the lightning talks which gave the audience a sampling of the intellectual offerings at IGHC’s Human and Machine Intelligence group. Invited lightning talk presenters included English professors Alison Booth, Debjani Ganguly, and Brad Pasanek; Computer Science professor Vicente Ordonez-Roman; Philosophy professor Paul Humphreys; Architecture professor Mona El Khafif; Chinese Literature professor Jack Chen; and DH Certificate program administrator Rennie Mapp. 

Each speaker highlighted innovative DH approaches to humanistic questions involving machine learning and intelligence. Through their lightning talks, the eight presenters invited the DH Graduate Certificate students to connect with them for future research collaborations. 

Debjani Ganguly discussed the novel’s capacity to illustrate the effects of increasingly ubiquitous drones on surveilled populations and the visual regimes of policing and terror they create, particularly in South Asia and the Middle East.