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UNI to host lecture on using digital tools for research

March 13, 2014

Jim O'Loughlin, associate professor, UNI Department of Languages and Literatures, 319-273-2002,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Do new digital tools fundamentally change the work of those in the humanities and arts, or do these tools simply offer new, more efficient ways of accomplishing the same kind of research and creative activities? Juan Luis Suarez, director of Cultureplex, an interdisciplinary digital humanities research center at Canada's Western University, is on the leading edge of those using digital tools for large-scale collaborative research projects. He will deliver his lecture "Modeling Cultural Networks in the Hispanic Baroque" at 7 p.m., Monday, March 24, in the Slife Ballroom, in the Commons on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Digital humanities are an area of research, teaching and creation concerned with the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities.

"The work of Juan Luis Suarez illustrates the scale and scope of current work in digital humanities. Projects that once would have seemed too ambitious or even impossible are now being accomplished by talented researchers," said Jim O'Loughlin, associate professor in UNI's Department of Languages and Literatures and coordinator of The Digital Turn series. "This event is a great opportunity for students to discover how the possible is being redefined."

Cultureplex's Hispanic Baroque Project brings together an interdisciplinary, international group of researchers to explore how the cultural form most associated with the Spanish empire, baroque, has persevered over time. This project argues that baroque patterns serve to create stability in cultures that are complex and characterized by significant change.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Digital Turn series explores the current cultural moment when the Internet is becoming the dominant cultural medium, and how that change affects writing, reading, language acquisition and research.

For more information, contact O'Loughlin, at 319-273-2002 or