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Cross/Currents: Announcing a New Bennett-Polonsky Humanities Lab

The NYU Center for the Humanities is pleased to announce the launch of a new Humanities Lab for the 2021-22 academic year. The Cross/Currents H-Lab will bring into dialogue the environmental humanities and migration studies, with an emphasis on race, diaspora, and indigeneity. The Lab Team has outlined three main trajectories for its investigations around the notion of Cross/Currents: mobility, transmission, and flow. The Lab's ultimate purpose is to decenter an anthropocentric and imperialistic understanding of global interconnection and exchange.

Cross/Currents H-Lab (2021-22)

The Cross/Currents H-Lab takes the word currents as its inspiration, as both a metaphor and a tool, enveloping not only its main definition in relation to water or its movement, but also its broader reverberations. By connecting the words cross and currents, our main goal is to bring into dialogue environmental humanities and migration studies (with an emphasis on race, diaspora, and indigeneity). In our work together we hope to rehearse ways of bringing literary and artistic analysis to bear on issues of the environment and migration, and vice-versa.

Writing Matters Event Series

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Fall 2019  |  Spring 2020  |  Fall 2020  | Spring 2021   |  Spring 2021 In spring of 2021, Writing Matters will bring into conversation scholars who lead multiple writerly lives, blending voices and genres. How does such experimentation invigorate our…

Current Working Groups

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2020-2022 Cold War Media Robert Young, Department of English, Faculty of Arts & ScienceJini Watson, Department of English, Faculty of Arts & ScienceManthia Diawara, Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the ArtsDana Polan, Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School…

Holding Hiring Algorithms Accountable and Creating New Tools for Humanistic Research

The “Holding Hiring Algorithms Accountable and Creating New Tools for Humanistic Research” project is led by Prof. Hilke Schellmann (Journalism) and Dr. Mona Sloane (Tandon). It focuses on artificial intelligence (AI) and hiring. Thanks to AI, hiring is undergoing a quiet, yet earth-shaking revolution. Many Fortune 500 companies employ AI-based solutions to weed through the millions of job applications the companies receive every year. The problem: many companies don’t want to reveal what technology they are using and vendors don't want to reveal what's in the black box, despite evidence that some automated decision making systems make biased and/or arbitrary decisions. This project combines methods of investigative journalism, sociology, and data science to develop a new socio-technical tool for critically investigating and auditing AI systems used in hiring.

Developing a ‘Publications Page’ for NYU’s Prison Education Program (PEP) Website

This project will establish a website that showcases the finest writing generated by students enrolled in NYU's Prison Education Project. Unlike many websites that publish diaristic writing from the incarcerated, this website focuses on displaying students' abilities as critical and creative thinkers fully capable of engaging in rigorous academic and scholarly work. The aim is to provide a wider forum for these students' work and to illustrate the intellectual integrity of incarcerated students’ academic potential in ways that are not reflected in the existing publishing platforms. By highlighting their ability to see connections across disparate texts, to situate their experiences within the context of a broader intellectual history, and to use theoretical texts as prisms to deepen and expand the meaning and significance of a range of evidence, this project hopes to contribute to the reshaping of perceptions and understanding of the incarcerated.

Raising the Volume: Amplifying the Soul of Reason

Raising the Volume is a cross-departmental initiative to transform a historically and culturally rich radio program on Black and Latino culture into a collaboratively curated collection as data. The NYU Division of Libraries and the NYU Institute of African American Affairs collaborated on a series of events in 2020 inviting community members to correct auto-generated transcripts of digital audio files of the radio program. In the second half of the project, we plan to collaboratively create and curate a dataset consisting of these transcriptions and Wikidata items and to support a graduate student project in the digital humanities.