Enrolments in the Humanities in Canada

Change in Humanities

The Globe and Mail had a balanced article on Friday, March 3rd by Simona Chiose on how, As students move away from the humanities, universities adapt. This is actually an older trend. In the 1990s I was involved in developing new programs in Multimedia and Communications for McMaster. Now the focus seems more on adding applied minors and skills to programs, which strikes me as a good idea.

In response to decreasing enrolment in arts programs, schools are trying new approaches, such as adding arts courses to commerce degrees

The article ends by pointing out that the humanities and social sciences provide “more career stability” than the “boom and bust cycles experienced by their colleagues in engineering or computer science” (see the linked University of Ottawa report.) Humanities students earn less, but their earnings rise steadily.

AIUCD Conference 2017

6th AIUCD Conference 2017 Il telescopio inverso: big data e distant reading nelle discipline umanistiche Roma, 26-28 January 2017.

This January I attended the AIUCD Conference 2017 in Rome, Italy. The AIUCD (Association for Humanities Informatics and Digital Culture) is the Italian member of ADHO and the conference brought together researchers and students not only from Italy, but also from Europe.

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Daily Nous: A Visualization of Influence in the History of Philosophy – 

Grant Oliveira has created a social network visualization of A History of Philosophy. That graphs how philosophers influenced each other using information from the Wikipedia. His network uses Kumu and the interactive graph is here. The Daily Nous has a blog entry on the map, A Visualization of Influence in the History of Philosophy.       

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Nintendo Switch Announcements

I’m watching Nintendo Treehouse Live with Nintendo Switch™ which follows key presentations and hands-on sessions in Tokyo and elsewhere. This are all part of Nintendo’s major promotion of the forthcoming Switch system which will be released March 3rd at a cost of $299.99 (otherwise known as $300) according the web site. I assume that is USD.

As I watch(ed) Shigeru Miyamoto and others were talking about and playing the new The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Switch. I am usually bored by live public relations presentations, but this one was nicely handled with translators sitting with the others. It was a bilingual conversation where the translators seemed comfortable adding thoughts.

Here is some of the news about the presentations:


Never Again pledge

Today we stand together to say: not on our watch, and never again.

Thanks to Bettina a link to the Never Again pledge not to help build databases to manage people based on their religious beliefs.

We refuse to participate in the creation of databases of identifying information for the United States government to target individuals based on race, religion, or national origin.

The web site neveragain.tech includes information about how the pledge was developed. (The group that developed it reject “tech solutionism.”) There is also a page of resources and a page on how to take action.

I, Geoffrey Rockwell, hereby commit to the neveragain.tech pledge. Please stand with me and hold me to it.

DIAGRAM :: Intensities of Need and Press Variables as Expressed in Stories Told by Men

Conductors Work Report (found document)

From Granta I found a link to this online magazine DIAGRAM that gathers writing and diagrams, like the one above. The diagrams are found representations of things like Intensities of Need and Press Variables as Expressed in Stories Told by Men. (I can’t quite figure this out, but it looks like some sort of manual sentiment analysis.)

The interface is simple which makes it hard to get to back issues. Edit the URL to do so.

Spanish Cops Use New Law To Fine Facebook Commenter For Calling Them ‘Slackers’

Heather tweeted me a link to a story from Techdirt on how Spanish Cops Use New Law To Fine Facebook Commenter For Calling Them ‘Slackers’. The police in Spain can now fine people for disrespecting them. This outrageous law was also reported on by The Telegraph in a story First victim of Spain’s 'gag law' fined for criticising 'lazy' police. Despite Snowden’s revelations governments seem to be passing more and more laws to restrict speech and travel, often in the name of fighting terrorism. As Techdirt reports, the law is being defended with Orwellian arguments,

Defending the new law, the PP government has said that “demonstrations will become freer because they will be protected from violent elements”. (Quote from Telegraph article)