Category Archives: Events

“Terms and Conditions May Apply” Storify of Screening and Discussion

Following the screening of “Terms and Conditions May Apply,” Profs. Elias & Gieseking (Government, Digital and Computational Studies) of Bowdoin, and USM Prof. Clearwater (Law) held a brief discussion of the film and issues of privacy, transparency, and participation on the Internet. The Storify of the highlights of their discussion is below.

Terms and Conditions May Apply: Screening and Discussion on November 13th

TACMA header.November 13, 2013 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Panel discussion “Privacy and Security, Transparency and the Internet” following screening of “Terms and Conditions May Apply”

Have you ever read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies connected to every website you visit, phone call you make, or app you use? Of course you haven’t. But those agreements allow corporations to do things with your personal information you could never even imagine. What are you really agreeing to when you click “I accept”?

Following the screening of “Terms and Conditions May Apply,” join Prof. Elias (Government) and Prof. Gieseking (Digital and Computational Studies) of Bowdoin, and USM Prof. Clearwater (law) previously of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society for a discussion of the film and issues of privacy, security, transparency, and the Internet.

Allan Parnell’s Talk on “Local Political Geography and Institutionalized Racial Inequality”

Last week the Sociology & Anthropology Department at Bowdoin sponsored a pretty fantastic talk by Allan Parnell of the Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities, a nonprofit social science research firm. Demographer Dr. Allan Parnell discussed the work Cedar Grove Institute (CGI) has done challenging social inequities using GIS & census data. CGI does research & analyses to support legal cases involving civil rights, predatory lending, school segregation, & institutionalized discrimination.

Parnell’s talk, “Local Political Geography and Institutionalized Racial Inequality,” reviewed a series of legal cases in which his and his team’s use of geographical information systems (GIS) and other multi-disciplinary technical analysis of public data to support issues of economic development, fair housing, education, environmental justice, equitable land use, and others. For a detailed summary, check out Jen Jack Gieseking’s Storify record of the event below.

Lecture: Galileo, Poetry, and Digital Studies

Lecture: Galileo, Poetry, and Digital Studies

Lecture: Galileo, Poetry, and Digital Studies

  • 10/24/2013
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Crystal Hall, Postdoctoral Fellow with the new Digital and Computational Studies Initiative, discusses how computer-aided research can reveal the ways Galileo Galilei’s philosophical ideas and scientific methods were influenced by the best-selling poetry of his age.

The Salem Witch Trial Archives and Strategies in Digital Humanities

The Salem Witch Trial Archives and Strategies in Digital Humanities

The Salem Witch Trial Archives and Strategies in Digital Humanities

  • 10/10/2013 | 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom
  • Event Type: Lecture
  • – Open to the Bowdoin Community –

Ben Ray, Professor of Religious Studies at University of Virginia, will give a talk for Bowdoin faculty regarding his Salem Witch Trials project – how it got started and why he turned to digital methods. Chats with interested faculty on project ideas for teaching & research will follow the talk.