CFP: Composition as Big Data

Computational analysis of big data has changed the way information is processed. Corporations analyze patterns in what people buy, how far they run, where they spend their time; they quantify habits to create more effective advertisements and cross-promotions. In academe, humanities scholars are using computational analysis to identify patterns in literary texts, historical documents, image […]

Society of Textual Studies 2017

Connecting analog annotations to digital literacy practices from Amanda Licastro These are the slides for my presentation on teaching social annotation practices. This work has been accepted as a book chapter in an edited collection on digital reading forthcoming in 2018. I will update the text after the conference.

Teaching Empathy Through Virtual Reality

Teaching Empathy Through Virtual Reality from Amanda Licastro Abstract: In Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep the U.N. secretary proclaims, “[m]ankind needs more empathy” (1968). The poignancy of Dick’s novel is its accurate expression of the social challenge of diminishing human empathy. The author offers empathy as the defining characteristic of humanity. […]

Thinking and Writing Through New Media

Here is the syllabus for a new course I will be teaching at the NYU Gallatin school this Fall. The course is a first year writing seminar I designed called “Thinking and Writing Through New Media.” The goal is for students to critically examine the past, present, and future of writing technologies as a lens […]