“Building Data Refuge in an Era of Fake News": a lecture by Bethany Wiggin
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
This event is part of the 2018 Provost's Global Forum and Obermann Humanities Symposium, Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, and Social Justice, in which practicing archivists, engaged scholars, and interdisciplinary artists will share projects from guerrilla archiving of climate data to mining corporate records for evidence of organized violence.
Bethany Wiggin is Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and is Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities and holds appointments in the Departments of German and English and the Program in Comparative Literature. Her research explores the history of the book and material culture, the rise of commodity culture, and the transformation of the Atlantic world in the wake of long-distance sea-born trade. She is at work on Utopia Found, Lost, and Re-Imagined in Penn’s Woods. She was Dramaturg for A Period of Animate Existence, an opera about climate change made by Troy Herion, Mimi Lien, and Dan Rothenberg, and others. A recipient of a Whiting Fellowship for Public Engagement, she designed the project Floating on Warmer Waters to expand collaborative research in and along the Lower Schuylkill River.
Wiggin is a co-organizer of Data Refuge, which launched November 2016 in Philadelphia to draw attention to how climate denial endangers federal environmental data. With the help of thousands of civic partners and volunteers, the project has rapidly spread to over fifty cities and towns across the country. Now, Data Refuge is building a storybank to document how data lives in the world—and how it connects people, places, and non-human species.
The Provost's Global Forum and Obermann Humanities Symposium is co-sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the Ida Beam Visiting Professorships Program, the Provost’s Global Forum International Programs grant, the UI Center for Human Rights, Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry, the UI School of Music, UI Libraries-Special Collections, the UI Department of History, and the UI Department of Cinematic Arts.