Hasan Khalil (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Hasan Khalil is a Yazidi Syrian immigrant who spent years in a refugee camp in Syria before relocating to Lincoln, Nebraska’s sizeable Yazidi community. Hasan is a multi-instrumentalist who performs throughout the area with his band, the Golden Studio, which performs primarily Arabic, Turkish, and Armenian traditional musics. The Golden Studio are fluent in many styles, including Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish, Persian, and traditional Syrian music, and are much in demand for weddings and other community celebrations in and around Lincoln. Khalil is also the owner of the Lincoln-based barbershop, The Golden Scissor.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 09/30/2020.
When IDS reporter Lexi Haskell came back to campus after a summer of strict quarantine with her family, she knew there was some level of risk. But when she caught COVID and quarantined in her dorm, she got to thinking: am I just another dumb college kid who got infected, or is there something more going on here?
This question was at the heart of her popular column for the IDS this fall, and it got a lot of buzz around IU and beyond it. Elaine Monaghan and Violet Baron speak with Lexi about the column, her experience, and her feelings now that she’s on the other side.
Hasu Patel (Cleveland, Ohio)
Hasu Patel is a composer, performer, and educator based in Cleveland, Ohio. Born in Baroda, India, Hasu plays sitar in a style known as Gayaki Ang (vocal style), and has studied with teachers including Prof. N.B. Kikani, and Ustad Anwar Khan Sahib. She has performed nationally and internationally at venues including the Beijing International Congress on Women in Music at the China Conservatory of Music. She has been honored for her achievements in music and public service with awards including the International Peace Ambassadors from the United Nations and the Ohio Heritage Fellowship Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Hasu has recorded and released multiple albums and has composed dozens of compositions in both Indian and Western Classical contexts. She served as a faculty member at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music for over twenty years, teaching students who went on to play professionally across genres.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 10/20/2020.
We live in an age when mobile touchscreen devices are customarily “on” and in-hand. As a consequence, we frequently engage in practices that involve documenting the self in motion, our geolocational beads (or arrows) locating us and guiding us to destinations of interest (e.g., ATMs, gas stations, restaurants, friend’s houses). These are the sorts of habits our technologies engender. And I contend that, in doing so, they help form and regulate conduct in a nonconscious, habitual—even neurophysiological—manner. In which case, it is at the nonconscious level of existence that habit change needs to work. In this talk, I will draw on American pragmatist Charles Sanders Pierce’s account of habit change to discuss how our geolocative devices might orient us differently in relation to the landscapes and urban terrains we traverse. To provide example of what habit change might look like in the mobile, connected present, I discuss three collaborative mapping projects in whose design and development I have participated. These projects—Augusta App, Ghosts of the Horseshoe, and Ward One App—have afforded me opportunities to explore how the very mechanisms through which technologies of connectivity and location awareness shape habit might also serve as vehicles for re-appropriating social, political histories and practices in the service of habit change.
Textual data are central to the social sciences. However, they often require several pre-processing steps before they can be utilized for statistical analyses. This workshop introduces a range of Python tools to clean, organize, and analyze textual data. It is intended for researchers who are new to working with textual data, but are familiar with Python or have completed the Introduction to Python workshop. Computers with Python pre-loaded are available in the SSRC on a first-come, first-served basis.
Textual data are central to the social sciences. However, they often require several pre-processing steps before they can be utilized for statistical analyses. This workshop introduces a range of Python tools to clean, organize, and analyze textual data. It is intended for researchers who are new to working with textual data, but are familiar with Python or have completed the Introduction to Python workshop. Python is best learned hands-on. Python packages: nltk, fuzzywuzzy, re, glob, sklearn, pandas, numpy, matplotlib
Python has become the lead instrument for data scientists to collect, clean, and analyze data. As a general-purpose programming language, Python is flexible and well-suited to handle large datasets. This workshop is designed for social scientists, who are interested in using Python but have no idea where to start. Our goal is to “demystify” Python and to teach social scientists how to manipulate and examine data that deviate from the clean, rectangular survey format. This workshop is intended for social scientists who are new to programming. No experience required.
In recent years, social scientists have increased their efforts to access new datasets from the web or from large databases. An easy way to access such data are Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). This workshop introduces techniques for working with APIs in Python to retrieve data from sources such as Wikipedia or The New York Times. It is intended for researchers who are new to working with APIs, but are familiar with Python or have completed the Introduction to Python workshop. Python is best learned hands-on. To side step any issues with installation, we will be coding on Jupyter Notebooks with Binder. This means that participants will be able to follow along on their machines without needing to download any packages or programs in advance. We do recommend requesting a ProPublica Congress API key in advance (https://www.propublica.org/datastore/api/propublica-congress-api). This allows participants to run the API script on their own machines.
Helge-Johannes Marahrens is a doctoral student in the department of Sociology at Indiana University. He recently earned an MS in Applied Statistics and is currently working toward a PhD in Sociology. His research interests include cultural consumption, stratification, and computational social science with a particular focus on Natural Language Processing (NLP). Anne Kavalerchik is a doctoral student in the departments of Sociology and Informatics at Indiana University. Her research interests are broadly related to inequality, social change, and technology.
In this series, we ask, how can spiritual connection with our environment help us enter into right and restorative relationship with the earth, including human and nonhuman inhabitants?
By talking with folks from different faith traditions, we investigate what spiritual connection is and how it happens, the composition of the environment, and the potential for spiritual connection to meaningfully affect the destructive human systems responsible for climate change.
In this episode, the Rev. Mitch Hescox discusses his work with the Evangelical Environmental Network, understandings of creation care, and so much more.
Dr. Douglas Hofstadter has researched, written, discovered and created many things - his expertise runs from cognitive science to literature, to language, and to art.
His 1979 book Goedel, Escher, Bach became a classic in the popular understanding of the workings of our brain. Professor Hofstadter has since written many things - some playful inquiries, some piercing meditations, some all at once. Since 1977, he has held a professorship at IU that started in computer science and has spanned many departments.
Dean Shanahan, Professor Elaine Monaghan and Producer Violet Baron sat down with Professor Hofstadter to hear his take on his writings, and on using musings on language to take on life.
The Sample: This week, Tiny Dorm Concert directors Linnea Holt, Natalie Almanza, and Eric Ashby chat about the start of the brand, all the work that goes into their videos, and the skills they've learned along the way.
Check out one of TDC's nearly 20 videos at www.youtube.com/channel/UCda2MNtPEquk1KRZ4ZlZ6Fg
Special thanks to Matixando for letting us record their warmup and pre-show conversation--stay tuned for their Tiny Dorm Concert!
Hong Wang (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Hong Wang is an internationally touring multi-instrumentalist. He graduated from Nanjing Normal University’s Music Department, where he mainly studied the erhu (two-string bowed instrument) and composition. He studied oboe at Nanjing Arts Academy, and after graduation, he taught songwriting and oboe at the music department for about five years. Later, he changed his career to music editor at Jiangsu Province Institute of Arts. Hong has been living in the United States since the early 1990s. He has composed several pieces for the Chinese ensembles and contemporary mixed bands, earning him a number of awards. He has recorded for several recording companies, including Sony Classical, Sega, TDK, Sound World, and Water Baby Records. He is also a zhonghu soloist for the album Monk's Moods, which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Hong has performed extensively at many international festivals and with several renowned musicians. As a leading contemporary musician, he has played several concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area, such as Thundering Across the Sky; A Musical Dialogue with Dancing Lions; New Music Concert with the Citywinds; and Three Sound, an experimental music series by composer Carl Stone, sheng master Wu Wei, matouqin master Li Bo, and bass clarinetist and composer Gene Coleman.
Interviewed by Raquel Paraíso, 10/22/2020.
This February was the third year anniversary of the Open Access Policy, authored to ensure the accessibility and availability of university scholarship to the public for future generations. When the policy was passed, the Scholarly Communication Department was tasked with encouraging several thousand faculty to annually deposit their work into a new institutional repository, IUScholarWorks Open. To facilitate the deposit process, developers in Library Technologies developed the Bloomington Research Information Tracking Engine, also known as BRITE. The BRITE application is able to check the open access and copyright status of articles, compile emails to faculty, and prepare metadata for batch deposit into IUScholarWorks Open. While some manual intervention is still necessary, BRITE has helped our team automate a normally extensive and time-consuming process. This session will walk through the process of development for the BRITE application, as well as the documentation that allows users and employees with little to no subject knowledge on copyright, metadata, or automation to successfully navigate the application. We will also discuss some of our plans for the BRITE application in the future, and look for insight into what development our users may need moving forward.
Positioned in the driest desert in the United States, Las Vegas is one of the nation's fastest-warming cities. In our third episode on its past and future, we focus on the time from 2000 to present, paying close attention to the ways its extractive industries have intersected with each other and examining the possibility of shrinking the city.
In this episode:
Nicole Huber and Ralph Stern, authors of Urbanizing the Mojave Desert: Las Vegas
Representation is one of the most powerful impacts that archives can make on communities. Ensuring that all people’s works, lives, and information is being preserved in an archive is what fuels a many modern day archivist. However, establishing equal representation of minorities and underrepresented groups is not enough to create a more inclusive world, archivists must also create ways for people to access that information. The creation of digital libraries and other online resources, allows for more people to use the resources collected, see themselves and their work represented, and gain an understanding of the artists who have come before them. The Ars Femina Archive (AFA), is housed at Indiana University Southeast, and is a collection of music composed by women from before the 1500s to the 1800s. This archive preserves and celebrates the impact that women in history have had on music. Women are largely underrepresented in the arts and especially in music, the AFA allows for people from around the world to research and access this collection of musical compositions created by women. This presentation will focus on the history of the collection, what is contained in the archive, its mission and how that mission is furthered by digitization, and the impact it has on scholarship and performance.
This study examines the 150 top-grossing animated films (1990-2019) and the discerning trends on how females are grossly underrepresented. The results concluded that when women do appear, they are seen and heard far less than their male counterparts. The gender inequality represented on screen is important and should be talked about more openly since it contributes to how society teaches children about socialization.
Ian starts by talking about the state of D.C., his involvement with the Youth Franchise Coalition. Also covers Ian's political background. Chronology begins with June 17, 1970 at 26:42, then June 22nd, 1970 at 29:02, and the December 21st Supreme Court ruling at 31:50. At 34:42, discussion of the constitutional amendment, and his take on the Nixon signing at 37:20. Short Q&A's start at 39:45.