In the News

In the News features articles on current topics in the Humanities, publications and projects by Berkeley faculty and fellowship participants, and general Townsend Center news.

January 27, 2011
Photo of Sebastiaan Farber speaking at a microphone.

Sebastiaan Farber (Oberlin Professor and Chair of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College) explains the school's decision to commit to Open Access from an insider's perspective.

January 20, 2011
Image of books sitting in the library with a large computer cursor preparing to click on one.

Stanford's "Humanities 3.0: Tooling Up for Digital Humanities" is a humanist-aimed site intended to be a starting point for scholars seeking to explore the digital tools available to them without prior experience or expertise.

January 13, 2011
Photo of a finger tracing a line in the sand.

The MLA conference sparked avid and noteworthy discussion in the blogosphere about what it means to be a Digital Humanist.

January 06, 2011
Image of the book cover art for Shakespeare Only, with a drawing of Shakespeare.

Chancellor's Professor of English Jeffrey Knapp offers a perspective outside the usual dichotomy of opinions of Shakespeare as a singularity or of a man of obscured ability. His book questions the necessity of these stalwart oppositions and proposes that the academic community should take middle ground, based in a historical context, instead.

December 31, 2010
Image of the website, Google Scholar.

A recent student published in a paper in the Journal of Electronic Publishing argues for the necessity of basic spam filters for Google Scholar in order to prevent researchers from being fooled by well-keyworded papers.

December 21, 2010
Image of a computer with the text, This is not a book, written in French.

Google's new tool allows users to search datasets of 500 billion words contained in published books in multiple languages, enabling the use of data for complex manipulations and new approaches to academic study.