Reading Chicago Reading

Who reads? What do they read? How do they read? These are questions essential to the study of literacy, yet fine-grained answers to these questions are difficult to come by, as noted in To Read or Not To Read, a 2007 report from the NEA. Our project Reading Chicago Reading represents a rare opportunity to seek empirical answers to these questions within a large metropolitan area, with a wide variety of texts, and across a great diversity of readers. Read more

Workshop at DHCS 2017

Reading Chicago Reading (RCR) co-PIs Robin Burke, Ana Lucic, John Shanahan, and Megan Bernal will be conducting a workshop at the twelfth annual meeting of the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS). The meeting takes place November 17-19, 2017, at the Illinois Tech downtown campus and brings together researchers and scholars in the humanities and computer science to examine the current state of digital humanities and to explore and identify new pathways of inquiry and perspectives for future research.

The workshop, Mining Diverse Texts for Location and Read more

“The Book is Just the Beginning,” Part 2

Mihaela writes: In the first segment of this two-part entry, we explored the variety of events offered by the Chicago Public Library at neighborhood branches during their One Book seasons. Over the years, the library has increased the number of events at physical branches. But CPL has also created innovative digital programs to encourage participation via Twitter chats, digital blog posts, and CHIRP Radio. This post is about such online programming.

For the 2014-2015 season, on Michael Chabon’s The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, OBOC launched chapter-by-chapter online “Reading Sprints.”Read more

Advanced Computing Support Grant

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) announced this week that the Reading Chicago Reading project was awarded one of their Advanced Computing Support grants this year. See the press release here. The award will enable us to get assistance from the support staff at the HTRC for expanding our computational analysis of the texts used in “One Book, One Chicago” and also other related and recommended books identified by library staff. The use of the HathiTrust digital library is essential to this phase of our research because it is more or less the only means of performing text processing… Read more