THE HUMANITIES GO DIGITAL: THE 6 DEGREES OF FRANCIS BACON PROJECT
Presented by AAUW Fox Chapel Affiliate
How would Francis Bacon have connected to other philosophers in 1600 if the internet had been invented? Who might William Shakespeare have “friended” on Facebook? And what scientific revelations would Isaac Newton have shared with colleagues via “tweets”? Un-knowable . . . until now.
The Six Degrees of Francis Bacon Project teams the Carnegie Mellon and Georgetown Universities humanities departments to explore the “what if” of social media connections four centuries ago. This fascinating exercise recreates the early modern social network of prominent historical figures, uncovering personal relationships that allow us to see who would’ve known whom, and when – and even how – in early modern Britain.
Associate Professor of English Christopher Warren directs the EBA (Bachelor of Arts in English) Program at CMU. His research interests include digital humanities, law and literature, and the history of political thought. His first book, Literature and the Law of Nations, was published in 2015 by the Oxford University Press.
The public is welcome to attend this free AAUW-sponsored presentation.