Citizen Scholars, Student Researchers, and a Sustainable Infrastructure for Historical Languages


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Citizen Scholars, Student Researchers, and a Sustainable Infrastructure for Historical Languages
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Gregory Crane Ph.D, Department of Classics, Tufts University
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The rise of vast digitized collections and increasingly sophisticated analytical methods has begun to transform both the depth and potential scale of humanities research. New media are, however, far more important because they have the potential to change the 'who' and not simply the 'what' of humanities discourse. We have an opportunity to redefine the relationship between what happens in the academy and society as a whole, but the degree to which we pursue that opportunity depends upon serious decisions that we will make, whether explicitly or by default. This talk explores both the challenges and opportunities as humanists explore their ability to realize their highest goal, advancing the intellectual life of society as a whole.
Gregory Crane earned his Ph.D. in classical philology at Harvard University in 1985. Since then, he has published on a wide range of ancient Greek authors (including articles on Greek drama and Hellenistic poetry and a book on the Odyssey). Much of his scholarly work has been devoted to the Greek historian Thucydides, including The Blinded Eye: Thucydides and the New Written Word (1996) and The Ancient Simplicity: Thucydides and the Limits of Political Realism (1998). Prof. Crane also has a long-standing interest in the relationship between the humanities and rapidly developing digital technology, including developing a Unix-based full text retrieval system for the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae in 1980s and establishing a typesetting consortium to facilitate scholarly publishing. Since 1985 he has been engaged in planning and development of the Perseus Project, which he directs as the Editor-in-Chief. From 1998, with support from the Digital Library Initiative, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Mellon Foundation, he has studied the problems and opportunities that arise when whole libraries rather than curated collections become available on-line.

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University of Florida
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