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Provost's Lecture Series: Information Futures

Provost's Lecture Series: Information Futures

The Duke Provost's office has announced their exciting new series about information and "big data."


Provost's Lecture Series 2012/13

Information Futures – the future of informational and computational challenges and opportunities that exist in using “big data”

The Provost announces the seventh series of related lectures on a topic of major campus and broader societal importance.  The purpose of the series is to provide greater depth and a diversity of views on a topic of major public importance and lively debate which should appeal to our students and faculty both in their University roles and as citizens.  The lectures are free of charge and open to the public.

Today, the ability to collect, store, analyze, and summarize large amounts of data is imperative for Duke to continue to advance as a world class university and for our faculty and students to navigate this new world.  Leaders in academe and industry are being invited to present their views and experiences on meeting the data deluge challenge.  Presentations will cover some of the following issues:

Scholarship: How might the availability of large data sets afford new opportunities to promote additional conversations within and between intellectual disciplines?

Instruction: Are there new opportunities for using the available data in classroom instruction and team and individual research?

Entrepreneurship: Does the rapid rise of social media companies offer opportunities to integrate entrepreneurship into the educational experience? What opportunities for industry partnership are emerging?

Infrastructure: What challenges exist in information systems, including Networking, Storage, and Visualization?

The Provost wishes to thank the following Lecture Series Advisors for their work in helping to design this year's series:  Ian Baucom (Franklin Humanities Institute), Robert Calderbank (Dean of the Natural Sciences), Vincent Conitzer (Computer Science), Stephen Craig (Chemistry), Cathy Davidson (English), Andrew Janiak (Philosophy), Thomas Katsouleas (Dean, Pratt School of Engineering), Carlo Tomasi (Computer Science), and Keith Whitfield (Vice Provost for Academic Affairs).


The lectures series includes three events:

Monday, October 1, 2012, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

0014 Westbrook Building, Divinity School

The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone

Presented by Daphne Koller, Rajeev Motwani Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University; Co-Founder and co-CEO, Coursera


Thursday, October 4, 2012, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

0016 Westbrook Building, Divinity School

Technologies for a Mobile Society

Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Udacity, Research Professor at Stanford University and Google Fellow


Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

217 Perkins Library

Duolingo: Learn a Language for Free while Helping to Translate the Web

Luis von Ahn, Nico Habermann Associate Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


Additional events of interest

Franklin Humanities Institute, HASTACPhD Lab in Digital Knowledge and Program in the Study of Sexualities at Duke Sponsors a Presentation and Workshop by Modernism and Queer Theory Scholar Petra Dierkes-Thrun, Lecturer in Comparative Literature, Stanford University

Oscar Wilde's Afterimages: Oscar Wilde and the Commodification of Queer Culture

October 4, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Bay 6, Room 177 of Smith Warehouse, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd.

PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge Workshop (open to the public): How to create a humanities MOOC 

Petra Dierkes-Thrun, with Cathy Davidson, and David Bell, will lead this conversation.  Open to students of the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge and to the general public.

October 4, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Bay 6, Room 177 of Smith Warehouse, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd.


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