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University Seminar on March 20: Image-Driven Scholarship and the MIT Visualizing Cultures Project

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March 20, 2008. History professor John Dower and Visualizing Cultures Program Director Scott Shunk, both of MIT will discuss lessons learned from five years of developing an innovative educational platform. Visualizing Cultures is a gateway to seeing history through images that once had wide circulation among peoples of different times and places. Making representations of Japan available for image-driven scholarship and pedagogy, the Visualizing Cultures Project allows scholars, teachers, and students to analyze and compare hitherto inaccessible materials from the mid-19th century forward. The project also offers guides including databases, bibliographies, and lengthy lesson plans for the careful analysis and use of images.

Visualizing Cultures is currently being redesigned to provide sophisticated accessibility, and the new format will be previewed at this event. The presenters will also address how to anticipate—and respond to—negative reactions to controversial images.

Date: Thursday, March 20, 4:00 pm
Location: 523 Butler Library
Phone: 212-854-9058

Related links:
web link View more information and register online
web link See 2007-08 Seminar Series Program