Using Big Data to Recover Black Women's Lived Experiences - Research Computing Seminar Series


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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2019-03-26 19:00:00 2019-03-26 19:00:00 Auditorium at the D. H. Hill, Jr. Library


Event Description

Throughout history, Black women’s lived experiences have often been invisible and erased. Therefore, it is important to combat the erasure of Black women and move toward a correction and claiming of their space within the digitized record. This presentation by visiting scholar Dr. Ruby Mendenhall of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will discuss a study that employs latent dirichlet allocation (LDA) algorithms and comparative text mining to search 800,000 periodicals in JSTOR (Journal Storage) and HathiTrust from 1746 to 2014 to identify the types of conversations that emerge about Black women's shared experience over time and the resulting knowledge that developed. This presentation will also discuss the potential for seamless creativity and the need to demystify advanced computing tools across the social sciences and humanities.

This program is presented by the NC State University Libraries and is supported by the Eastman University Engagement Fund.

Contact Information

Marian Fragola

Admission Information

Free and open to the public.


If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Marian Fragola at or 919-513-3481 to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs​.

Featured Speaker

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    Associate Professor in Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign