March 1, 2016 at 9:50 pm

Café Conversation | Ancient Texts in a Modern Age: The Promise and Perils of Digital Scholarship, March 9

Dr. Joshua Sosin

Dr. Joshua Sosin

Café Conversations presents Dr. Joshua Sosin on “Ancient Texts in a Modern Age: The Promise and Perils of Digital Scholarship” at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, in the Baker Center Front Room.

Papyri on the Internet? It seems like a strange match of communication tools, but it could revolutionize our understanding of Roman Society in the first century.

The discovery in an Egyptian sand dune in 1897 of about 500,000 fragments of papyrus found south of Cairo includes private letters, ancient hangover cures, contracts, ancient plays, even hate mail. What do these ancient “posts” tell us about life in the first century?

It’s taken more than a hundred years to transcribe just 12 percent of the whole cache. What will we learn about ancient civilizations when the remaining 440,000 bits are transcribed? How can we speed things up?

Papyrus fragment Source: The Egypt Exploration Society

[Papyrus fragment Credit: The Egypt Exploration Society]

Join Dr. Daniel Phillips, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, and “Knowing the Future” theme coordinator, as he hosts a special talk by Sosin, an Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Duke University, about the challenges of digitizing first-century texts so that they can be accessed in a 21st-century way.

Watch on A&S TV.

The event will be live-streamed and archived, and the online audience is invited to submit questions.

About Science Café and Café Conversation: Events are held on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Front Room at Baker University Center. They are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the general public. Both cafés are venues for students to share their interests informally during a conversation exchange in a friendly setting. The Science Cafe is hosted by Dr. Sarah Wyatt, Professor of Environmental & Plant Biology and Vice President of the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi. The two series are sponsored by the Ohio University chapter of Sigma Xi and the Office of Research and Creativity.

Science Café Spring 2016

Jan. 20:  Winfried Just, Mathematics, “Spread of Contagions:  Diseases, Rumors and Mathematical Models

Feb. 3:   Natalie Kruse Daniels, Environmental Studies, Voinovich School, “The Mining Legacyof SE Ohio:  Learning from Past Mistakes

March 16:  Ronan Carroll, Biological Sciences, livestream

March 23:   James Thomas, Physical Therapy, livestream

Café Conversation Spring 2016

Feb. 24:  Brian Schoen, History, livestream

March 9:  Joshua Sosin, Classical Studies, Duke University, Ancient Texts in a Modern Age: The Promise and Perils of Digital Scholarship

March 30:   Loren Lybarger, Classics and World Religions, livestream

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