The Harvard Discovery Series brings scholars on the frontiers of digital knowledge-making to a Harvard audience in an intimate and interactive setting. From an archaeologist reconstructing tombs in virtual reality, to scholars challenging power differentials through data feminism, to a quantum astrochemist using high-performance computing to search for life among the stars, these presentations of disparate subject matters demonstrate the unifying potential of digital methods and tools in scholarly and pedagogical pursuits.

The Harvard Discovery Series is organized by Susan Berstler (Cabot Science Library), Enrique Diaz (Harvard Library Digital Strategies and Innovation), Kevin Guiney (AT-FAS), Cole Crawford (Arts and Humanities Research Computing), Jeremy Guillette (AT-FAS), and Jeff Emanuel (AT-FAS), with event support provided by Lynn Sayers (Lamont Library). The event series is sponsored by the DSSG Standing Committee.

The Digital Futures Discovery Series was previously sponsored by the Digital Futures Consortium at Harvard (DFC). Active from 2012 to 2019, the DFC was dedicated to the furthering of digital methods and tools through collaboration and the sharing of experiences and expertise. As these efforts were successfully adopted into the core missions of several positions and units across the University (including the DSSG), the DFC was sunset in recognition that its raison d’être had been fulfilled.

 

Fall 2020 Discovery Series Events

Data Visualization: Reasons, Not Rules

09/16/20 2:00 pm – 09/16/20 3:00 pm

For a long time data visualization has been taught as a craft that is based on strict rules (“don’t use pie charts!”, “bar graphs should always have a 0 baseline!”) This talk explains that this strategy is both limiting and Read more…

Data Feminism

10/15/20 12:00 pm – 10/15/20 1:00 pm

As data are increasingly mobilized in the service of governments and corporations, their unequal conditions of production, asymmetrical methods of application, and unequal effects on both individuals and groups have become increasingly difficult for data scientists––and others who rely on Read more…

The Intersection of Art, Technology and Activism

12/07/20 2:00 pm – 12/07/20 3:30 pm

We need to rethink whom we, as a society, are choosing to memorialize in the form of public statues and monuments. “The People’s Memorial Project” is a campaign to rethink the future of memorials and monuments on the broadest scale. Read more…


Past Harvard Discovery Series Events

Cover image, Digital Futures Discovery Series 11-6-19, Gabriel Pizzorno on Identity, Personhood, and Material Culture: Personal Effects Confiscated from Prisoners at Dachau Concentration Camp

Identity, Personhood, and Material Culture: Personal Effects Confiscated from Prisoners at Dachau Concentration Camp

11/06/19 2:00 pm – 11/06/19 3:00 pm

Concentration camps were much more than a corollary to National Socialism: they represented the most fully articulated manifestation of its ideology. From the very beginning, they formed the backbone of the Third Reich’s repressive apparatus and, through mass detention, deprivation, Read more…

Digital Futures Discovery Series: Machine Learning – How Does it Work?!?

10/23/19 2:00 pm – 10/23/19 3:00 pm

Click here for more information on the Digital Futures Discovery Series, a monthly presentation series on digital innovations in research and teaching presented by Cabot Library and the DSSG. Andromeda Yelton (https://andromedayelton.com) is a software engineer and librarian. Currently she Read more…

Using Augmented Reality to Improve Physics Learning in Maker Spaces

10/02/19 2:00 pm – 10/02/19 3:00 pm

Emerging technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR), have the potential to radically transform education by making invisible phenomena to become visible and accessible to novice learners. This talk discusses research projects at the intersection of makerspaces, physics education, and immersive Read more…

Digital Futures Discovery Series: Envisioning Cultures in Virtual Reality

09/11/19 2:00 pm – 09/11/19 3:00 pm

The Digital Scholarship Support Group and Cabot Science Library warmly invite you to the first talk in our 2019-2020 Digital Futures Discovery Series. This presentation will showcase a project in which four different Parisians from the same quarter were asked Read more…