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Initiatives Archive

Fall 2012-Spring 2013
The Internet is home to a panoply of varieties of human interaction. Social media, interactive games, telepresence, online environments, and simple text e-mails now mediate our normal experiences of education, medicine, politics, business, sociality, collective action, and more. As the Internet has become an infrastructure for social life and society itself, our ability to measure and represent that society is also transforming.  In this cross-disciplinary university-wide speaker series and affiliated graduate seminar we will investigate the rise of “culture as data:” that is, the use of…
Fall 2013-Spring 2014
This initiative is an ongoing project pursuing interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities and law.  We take as our focus the frictions obtaining among multiplicities of justice, including issues of social order and state power, terrorism and ultranationalism, sustainability and economic development, and medical law and ethics.  We explore the vexed history of applying international law principles developed in the West; the imposition of ideas of personhood through biomedical ethics and law; inter-state collaboration and conflict in defining terrorism; cultural approaches to financial…
This interdisciplinary initiative is coordinated by Janet Smarr, Program in Comparative Literature and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. Running for ten consecutive Wednesdays, this series addresses how computer technologies are affecting the way we think about the arts. Supported by:  Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and Center for Advanced Study in conjunction with: College of Fine and Applied Arts Computing and Communications Services Office (CCSO), Department of Computer Science, Department of Educational Psychology, Department of English, Creative…
Fall 2000-Spring 2001
Major universities have been called the “engines of economic growth” in the world’s new knowledge-based economy, a status that has spawned a new era of research parks and “industry-university” partnerships. Does this new status weaken or strengthen the incentives of research universities to address the basic needs of humankind?What does this new status mean for the arts and humanities? What values should drive research at major universities? Who should “own” the discoveries of publicly-funded universities?
Fall 2014-Spring 2016
A two-year interdisciplinary initiative beginning Fall 2014 organized by CAS Resident Associates William Kinderman (Musicology) and Harry Liebersohn (History) This CAS Initiative examines the many ways in which globalization has reshaped musical life since the late nineteenth century, including the growth of the phonograph industry, the migration of musicians, and the transformation of performance practices. Dissonance, chosen as a key concept, is a challenging feature of some non-Western music to Western ears; the term also links changes in the meaning of music to social, cultural and…