Welcome to ENGL 1101, “Data, Information, and Culture.” You’ll find our syllabus via the links in the upper-right-hand corner of this page, divided into four sections:
You should read all of these sections, including the links to program-wide policies, before class on Wednesday, August 20. Once you have done so, please print and sign this acknowledgement of your understanding of the course’s policies.
On the first day of class, we’ll think briefly about this video, which Nature presented under this headline: “Humanity’s cultural history captured in 5-minute film.”
As you watch, think about what this video is actually showing us. Does it actually “capture” “humanity’s cultural history”? What are the advantages of displaying information this way? What are the disadvantages? What does this video leave out? This first discussion will begin a conversation about data, information, and culture that will continue throughout the semester.