Open Call for Two Student Reporters for an Art Project

“A Matter of Trust” – an art project

Are you interested in contemporary art and want to gain relevant experience? Do you want your writing to be exposed to international audiences?

The Department of Culture and Education of the German Consulate General in Shanghai and Professor Xiang Zairong, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Associate Director of Art at Duke Kunshan University, are currently working on a joint art project with the artist collective Ci Zhi 刺纸. In two workshops that will be held in Shanghai and Kunshan in February and March, the artists will work on a printed publication and the production of a drifting book bag reflecting stories and matters of trust in our society. Their artistic contributions will be part of the Kultursymposium Weimar 2023 (https://www.goethe.de/prj/ksw/en/index.html).

Application Deadline: 12 February, 2023 by 23:59 BJT

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The Caregivers for Dementia Patients in Kunshan: An interview with DKU Alumni, Yunan Mei

Reported by Zishuo Wu, Class of 2024
Edited by Chloe Alimurong, Class of 2025

Yunan Mei, a graduate studying at Yale University who previously conducted research on dementia patient caregivers based in Kunshan with DKU’s Health Humanities Lab as her signature work, was invited in an interview with the HRC to share about this project.

Yunan introduced her project as focusing on caregivers and their impact on medication adherence of people with dementia that have in-home care. She conducted this research in Kunshan for convenience concerns. Three perspectives: the caregivers’ knowledge of dementia, their emotional state, and the relationship with care recipients were examined in her project. Continue reading “The Caregivers for Dementia Patients in Kunshan: An interview with DKU Alumni, Yunan Mei”

Congratulations to Stephanie Anderson, for her recent publications

Two of Stephanie Anderson’s works were published in the last few weeks:  She co-edited the book All This Thinking: The Correspondence of Bernadette Mayer and Clark Coolidge (https://www.unmpress.com/9780826364340/all-this-thinking/), and authored an article titled “Shiny Collisions: Editing as Serious Humor in dodgems”
in the most recent issue of Women’s Studies: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00497878.2022.2130314
Learn more about Stephanie’s inspirations behind the book and the article:

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Student Report on Religion + Protest: Reinterpretation as a Method For/Against Social Movements

Reported by Yongkun Vicky Wu, class of 2026

Religion + Protest is part of HRC’s Tuesday Night Conversation Series, Religion+X, hosted by the Religion+ research group. The informal conversations focus on the intersection between religion and a different topic each week and feature an array of faculty guest speakers. 

Photographed by Shuyuan Zhou

Do religions support or resist the authorities? If so, in what way particularly? The Tuesday Religion + Protest Conversation, hosted by James Miller and featuring Hyun Jeong Ha (research interests include power, religion, sectarianism, and gender in the Middle East), Jesse Olsavsky (teaches and researches broadly in social movements, U.S. history and politics, and African American history) and Megan Rogers (research focuses on religion in contemporary China, and she has a particular interest in the intersection of religion and social inequality) revolved around the primary tactic (though not the only) of reinterpretation. Continue reading “Student Report on Religion + Protest: Reinterpretation as a Method For/Against Social Movements”

Computational Humanities Seminar Series: Estimating Remaining Lifespan from the Face

Computational Humanities Seminar Series

Date: Feb 24 (Friday) 10 AM, China time

Meeting ID: 987 3096 4006
Passcode: 2023

Abstract: The face is a rich source of information that can be utilized to infer a person’s biological age, sex, phenotype, genetic defects, and health status. All of these factors are relevant for predicting an individual’s remaining lifespan. In this study, we collected a dataset of over 24,000 images (from Wikidata/Wikipedia) of individuals who died of natural causes, along with the number of years between when the image was taken and when the person passed away. We made this dataset publicly available. We fine-tuned multiple Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) models on this data, at best achieving a mean absolute error of 8.3 years in the validation data using VGGFace. However, the model’s performance diminishes when the person was younger at the time of the image. To demonstrate the potential applications of our remaining lifespan model, we present examples of using it to estimate the average loss of life (in years) due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to predict the increase in life expectancy that might result from a health intervention such as weight loss. Additionally, we discuss the ethical considerations associated with such models. Continue reading “Computational Humanities Seminar Series: Estimating Remaining Lifespan from the Face”

Student Report on Religion+ Literature

Reported by Cody Schmidt, class of 2025

Religion+ Literature is part of HRC’s Tuesday Night Conversation Series, Religion+X, hosted by the Religion+ research group. The informal conversations focus on the intersection between religion and a different topic each week and feature an array of faculty guest speakers.

Photographed by Shuyuan Zhou

Literature professors Adrien Pouille, Stephanie Anderson, and Caio Yurgel joined students and faculty in the Water Pavilion on January 17th, along with religion and humanities professors James Miller and Yitzhak Lewis. Flanked by small stacks of books around their chairs, they proclaimed that “everything is literature” and examined works focusing on religion. Continue reading “Student Report on Religion+ Literature”

Superdeep #16: “ChatGPT and We” (with Tim Fitz (turnitin)) | Feb 1, 10:30am

IB 2050 | Zoom 69 79 89 79 69

Having heard much from chatty AI lately, let us humans do some talking again. Join us for a Superdeep conversation on how “ChatGPT and We” might carry on together. We’ll be joined by philosophers, computer scientists, and others from DKU, as well as special guest Tim Fitz (turnitin).

As always, everyone is welcome to join; no prior knowledge of philosophy (or computer science) is required. And, as always, snacks and refreshments will be served at the meeting.

For DKU faculty this will be the first of a possible double-feature that day, being followed by CTL’s T&L at lunch meeting on “AI-assisted teaching and learning” (12:00pm, IB 2050).

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For more information on DKU’s Superdeep workshop,
see https://sites.duke.edu/dkuhumanities/superdeep/
or contact Nathan Hauthaler.

You’re invited to Humanities Research Lunch

You are cordially invited to attend the Humanities Research Lunch. The event, hosted by DKU’s Humanities Research Center, will be showcasing humanities research at DKU. You will meet the humanities faculty, learn what the humanities are, and what humanities research looks like.

Registration is open. To participate, you must register by Wednesday, February 1, 9am China time. Scan the QR code to register, or visit: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0HxNnm8jxflzf7M

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Date: Friday, February 3, 2023

AB Ballroom
1100 Lunch buffet opens
1130-1230 Presentations about Humanities Research at DKU
1300 Lunch buffet ends

We look forward to seeing you!