"Evidence: The Use and Misuse of Data," A Virtual Symposium hosted by the American Philosophical Society

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Type: 
Symposium
Date: 
June 8, 2020 to June 12, 2020
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Digital Humanities, Atlantic History / Studies

Inspired by its 2021 exhibition, Dr. Franklin, Citizen Scientist, the American Philosophical Society Library & Museum is hosting a weeklong symposium Evidence: The Use and Misuse of Data. This international symposium is deeply interdisciplinary and features papers that consider the ways evidence is used in the history of science, literary analysis, digital humanities, the social sciences, and more. 

The symposium will be held June 8-12, 2020 via Zoom. Sessions will take place daily at 1:00pm EDT or 3:00pm EDT. Each session will include brief presentations by the conference participants, comments by a moderator, and a live Q&A session. 

The event will kick off on Monday, June 8, at 1:00pm EDT with an opening discussion with Drs. Richard Shiffrin (Indiana University, Bloomington), Stephen Stigler (The University of Chicago), and Kathleen Hall Jamieson (The University of Pennsylvania) on their paper, “The Weighing of Evidence Requires Expert Judgment and Consensus.” The discussion will be moderated by Linda Greenhouse, Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law, Senior Research Scholar in Law, and Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence at Yale University and President of the American Philosophical Society. 

The symposium will conclude on Friday, June 12 at 3:00pm EDT with a final discussion featuring Dr. John R. McNeill (Georgetown University) and Dr. Robert M. Hauser (Executive Officer, American Philosophical Society. 

The symposium is free of charge and open to the public, though registration is required to attend. To view the full program and to register to attend the entire conference or individual sessions, please visit the symposium website.   

We also encourage attendees to participate in the discussion on the APS’s social media accounts using the hashtag #APSEvidence. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Questions about this event may be directed to Adrianna Link, Head of Scholarly Programs, at alink@amphilsoc.org or 215-440-3415.

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