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#separados/#tornapart: How 8 Scholar/Activists Mapped ICE in 6 Days

Friday, September 21st, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In the summer of 2018, in response to Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policies, Dr. Alex Gil collaborated with seven scholar/activists across the country to map the omnipresence of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Using publicly available data, Gil and his team have created an astonishing set of interactive documents that continue to unfold. Come hear the story of Gil’s work in the digital humanities, explore the data, and draw lessons about how you, too, might learn the technologies of research and programming that will allow us to bridge the long-game of scholarship and the short-game of political action in the now.






Dr. Alex Gil is Digital Scholarship Librarian and Affiliate Faculty of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He collaborates with faculty, students and library professionals leveraging computational and network technologies in humanities research, pedagogy and knowledge production. He is among the founders of several ongoing, warmly received initiatives where he currently plays leadership roles: Co-director of the Studio@Butler at Columbia University, a tech-light library innovation space focused on digital scholarship and pedagogy; faculty moderator of Columbia’s Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities, a vibrant trans-disciplinary research cluster focused on experimental humanities; current chair of Global Outlook::Digital Humanities, an interest group connecting scholars around the world; senior editor of sx archipelagos, a journal of Caribbean Digital Studies, and co-wrangler of The Caribbean Digital conference series. Current projects include Ed, a digital platform for minimal editions of literary texts; Aimé Césaire and The Broken Record, a minimal computing experiment in long-form digital scholarship; and, In The Same Boats, a visualization of trans-Atlantic intersections of black intellectuals in the 20th century.


Sponsored by American Studies, with support from Latina/o Studies, Williams Libraries, and Computer Science.

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