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.

December 16, 2010
Image of the website, ChronoZoom.

ChronoZoom (a program developed by Roland Saekow and Walter Alvarez of Berkeley’s Earth and Planetary Science Department with the Microsoft Live Lab’s Seadragon Deep Zoom technology) presents a scrollable, zooming, and panning “master timeline” that visually situates human history within geologic and galactic time.

December 05, 2010
Image of the book cover art for Philadelphia Stories, featuring an illustration of fire engulfing a building.

Professor Otter writes about Philadelphia in a manner that underscores the usually ignored literary significance of the city as well as the political life of nineteenth century America.

November 24, 2010
Image of the 4Humanities logo.

UC Santa Barbara and the University of Alberta created a humanities advocacy site, 4Humanities, which boldly argues that the true potential of the humanities is in what humanists can bring to the digital world, rather than the other way around.

November 18, 2010
Chart depicting letter exchange data for 1750's Europe.

Digital technologies are changing scholarship in literature, history, and the arts by allowing larger research projects than ever before.

November 04, 2010
Photo of a book scanner with a book inside, ready to be scanned.

The California Digital Library's mass digitization project is ongoing and has involved collaboration with Google, Microsoft, and the Internet Archive over the past few years.

October 26, 2010
Image of the book cover art for Bodies in the Bog, featuring the strange, weathered figure of a man.

Professor Karin Sanders' book talks about the often colorful and imaginative afterlives of mummified human artifacts that arrive in the present after spending centuries preserved by chemicals in bog water.