The Humanities and the Rise of the Terabytes

Mar 30, 2023 |
Cambridge, MA
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A decade has passed since the publication of The Heart of the Matter, the influential report on the value of the humanities by the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. It’s time to take stock: what has happened to the humanities over the past 10 years, and what might we do to better support them in the future?

Danielle Allen, a member of the Commission that authored the report, will begin the discussion with remarks on “The Humanities and the Rise of the Terabytes,” reflecting on the humanities as a historical and contemporary practice in an age of digital superabundance. Following her remarks, arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown will join her for a conversation exploring practical applications for the humanities, what works and what doesn’t for asserting their value, and their role in contemporary political debates and culture wars.

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