March 19: Digital Humanities lecture

Lecture to examine digital scholarship of the global black experience

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2:08 p.m., March 18, 2014--The next event in this year’s “Public Humanities in a Digital World” lecture and workshop series features Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Muhammad’s lecture, “Digital Schomburg,” will be held at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, in the Trabant University Center Theatre.

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Relying on the expertise of distinguished curators and scholars, Digital Schomburg provides access to trusted information, interpretation and scholarship on the global black experience. 

In this virtual Schomburg Center, users worldwide can find exhibitions, books, articles, photographs, prints, audio and video streams, and selected external links for research in the history and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Under Muhammad’s leadership, the Schomburg is committed to educational outreach to local constituencies in Harlem and New York City more generally, as well as to digitization initiatives that make its unique archival resources available to global users. 

His talk will focus on the importance of digital archives and “blended” archival spaces as he introduces Digital Schomburg.  

About Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Muhammad received his doctorate in American history from Rutgers University in 2004. As an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, he was affiliated with the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit criminal justice reform agency in New York City, for two years before joining the faculty of the history department at Indiana University.

He is the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America (Harvard University Press, 2010), which won the American Studies Association’s highly coveted John Hope Franklin Publication Prize. He has served as an associate editor of The Journal of American History and as a member of the editorial board of Transition magazine, which is published by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. Muhammad has been director of the Schomburg since July 2011.  

About the Schomburg Center 

A research unit of the New York Public Library system, the Schomburg is recognized globally as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora and African experiences.

Begun with the collections of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg more than 85 years ago, the Schomburg has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life in America and worldwide. It has also promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent. 

Today, the Schomburg continues to serve the community not just as a center and a library, but also as a space that encourages lifelong education and exploration.

About the lecture series

The “Public Humanities in a Digital World” series is hosted by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center and co-sponsored by the University of Delaware Library, IT-Academic Technology Services,the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of English. 

Muhammad’s lecture is also co-sponsored by the Department of Black American Studies and the McNair Scholars Program.

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