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Lecture to Focus on Digital Humanities

Matthew Jockers, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, will present a lecture titled “Around the World in 3,500 Novels” at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22 in Criss 452, located on Creighton University’s campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Jockers uses computational tools and 3,500 works of fiction to explore how 100 specific places, 500 themes and 25 sentiments were expressed within the 19th century literary imagination. He charts and exposes persistent correlations in order to better understand how the idea of place was construed by 19th century authors.

He has published two books and numerous journal articles and was recently featured in a New York Times article written by Steve Lohr titled “Dickens, Austen and Twain, Through a Digital Lens.” Before he arrived at UNL, Jockers was a lecturer and Academic Technology Specialist in the Department of English at Stanford University.

The lecture is sponsored by the World Literature Program and the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at Creighton University.

For more information, contact Bob Whipple at whippl@creighton.edu.