Invited Talks

TALKS

Benjamin Charles Germain Lee

Invited Talks

07/08/2024
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
Open Board + Community Conversation
"AI in Libraries" with Meaghan O'Connor (virtual)
Event description available here, recording available Event description available here

05/14/2024
University of California, San Francisco & The Johns Hopkins University
Opioid Industry Documents Archive (OIDA) National Symposium (virtual)
"Re-imagining Large-Scale Search & Discovery for Digital Archives"
Event description available here, recording available here

04/18/2024
University of Washington
Information School Seminar
"Computing Cultural Heritage: Toward Search and Discovery at Scale"

04/04/2024
10th Annual Nebraska Forum on Digital Humanities
Keynote Presentation
"Computing Cultural Heritage: Toward Search and Discovery at Scale"
Event description available here

03/12/2024
Library of Congress
Kluge Center Work-in-Progress Talk
"Re-imagining Large-Scale Search & Discovery for Web Archives at the Library of Congress" (virtual)

02/20/2024
Knight Foundation and the Digital Public Library of America
Knight Library Conference 2024
"AI Challenges and Opportunities"
Event description available here

01/16/2024
Library of Congress
Web Archiving Interest Group
"Web Archives: Toward Search and Discovery at Scale" (virtual)

11/16/2023
St. Francis College
All Faculty Talk
"AI and Higher Education: Toward Interdisciplinarity in the Classroom"

09/08/2023
Virginia Tech
Computer Science Seminar Series
"Reimagining Search and Discovery for Digital Collections with Machine Learning"

06/08/2023
University College London
Sloane Lab Symposium Series: (Re)connecting Heritage Collections as Data, Infrastructure, and Participatory Engagement: Big Dreams, Big Challenges
"Reimagining Search and Discovery for Digital Collections with Mahcine Learning" (virtual)

04/21/2023
Mellon-Rare Book School Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography
Lecture Series
"Preserving and Analyzing Digital Texts" (virtual)
With James Hodges, Ryan Cordell, and Emily Maemura
Event description available here, recording available here

03/21/2023
United States Naval Academy
"Data Science for Jewish Studies" Guest Lecture (virtual)

02/21/2023
University of Washington
Information School Seminar
"Reimagining Search and Discovery for Digital Collections with Machine Learning"

01/20/2023
European Society for Periodical Research
Seminar
"New Computational Approaches to Periodical Studies" (virtual)
With Thomas Smits and Kaspar Beelen
Event description available here, recording available here

01/18/2023
Humboldt University of Berlin
Digital History Research Colloquium
"Newspaper Navigator: Reimagining Digitized Newspapers with Machine Learning" (virtual)
Event description available here, recording available here

05/23/22
Library of Congress & International Internet Preservation Consortium
"#WhyWebArchiving: Preserving Internet Content for Research Use" (virtual)
A Panel Session with Ian Milligan, Jennifer Harbster, Beth Osborne, and Amelia Acker
Event desription available here, recording available here

05/13/22
University of Toronto
Critical Digital Methods Institute
CDMI Workshop Series
"How to Get Published in Academic Journals" (virtual)
A Panel Session with Editors of Digital Humanities Quarterly, Feminist Media Studies, and Social Media & Society
Event desription available here

02/22/22
Princeton University
Center for Digital Humanities
"Novel Machine Learning Methods for Computing Cultural Heritage: An Interdisciplinary Approach" (virtual)
Event description available here

02/02/22
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Digital Humanities + iSchool (DHIS) Collective Meeting
"Compounded Mediation: A Data Archaeology of the Newspaper Navigator Dataset" (virtual)
Event description available here

01/28/22
The University of Washington
Computer Science & Engineering HCI Seminar
"Newspaper Navigator: Open Faceted Search for 1.5 Million Images" (virtual)

11/10/2021
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Honors Program Speaker Series
"Newspaper Navigator: Reimagining Digitized Newspapers with Machine Learning" (virtual)

11/09/2021
University of London School of Advanced Study
Institute of Historical Research
Digital History Seminar Series
"Newspaper Navigator: Reimagining Digitized Newspapers with Machine Learning" (virtual)
Recording available here

10/06/2021
Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Digital History of Science Working Group
Compounded Mediation: A Data Archaeology of the Newspaper Navigator Dataset" (virtual)
Event description available here

06/25/2021
Association for Documentary Editing
Annual Meeting
"Cowboys, Computers, and Cartoons: Excavating and Explicating America’s Political Cartoons"
A Panel Session with Clay Jenkinson and Sharon Kilzer (virtual)
Event description available here

06/25/2021
The University of Washington
The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies
Colloquium
"Sephardic Experiences of Modernity: Newspapers, Migrants and Midwives" (virtual)
A Panel Session with Busra Demirkol, Oya Aktas, and Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano (respondent)
Event description available here, recording available here

03/24/2021
Harvard University
Discovery Series
Sponsored by the Cabot Science Library and the Harvard University Digital Scholarship Group
"Newspaper Navigator: Re-Imagining Digitized Newspapers with Machine Learning" (virtual)
Event description available here

02/21/2021
The University of Washington
Digital Humanities Day 2021
Panelist (virtual)
Recording available here

12/09/2020
Association of College & Research Libraries
ULS Technology in University Libraries Committee Tech Forum
"Newspaper Navigator: Re-imagining Library Search and Discovery with Machine Learning" (virtual)
Event description available here, recording available here

11/12/2020
The University of Washington
The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies
"Teaching Computers to Read Ladino" (virtual)
Even description available here, recording available here

10/30/2020
The Johns Hopkins University
Digital History Workshop
"Newspaper Navigator: Reimagining Digitized Newspapers with Machine Learning" (virtual)

10/09/2020
Drexel University
History Department
"Newspaper Navigator: Reimagining Digitized Newspapers with Machine Learning" (virtual)
Event description available here

09/18/2020
Duke University
Data Dialogue Series
"Newspaper Navigator: Reimagining Historic Newspapers with Machine Learning" (virtual)
Event description available here

09/15/2020
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress
NEH Division of Preservation and Access and LOC Serial and Government Publications Division
"Seeing Editors: Metadata, Machine Learning, and the Shapes of Social Justice"(virtual)
A panel with Jim Casey, Sarah Salter, and Joshua Ortiz Baco
Event description available here

09/11/2020
The Alan Turing Institute
Computer Vision for Digital Heritage
"Newspaper Navigator: Reimagining Digitized Newspapers with Machine Learning" (virtual)

07/12/2020
The Allen Turing Institute & British Library
Living with Machines Group
"Newspaper Navigator: An Introduction and Demo" (virtual)

05/15/2020
Princeton University
Princeton Center for Digital Humanities & Princeton University Library
2019-20 Collections as Data Discussion Series
"Newspaper Navigator: Reimagining Digitized Newspapers with Machine Learning"(virtual)
Event description available here, recording available here

05/07/2020
Library of Congress
Newspaper Navigator Data Jam (virtual)
Public Event
Event description available here, recording available here

12/10/2019
Library of Congress
Presentation to Staff
"Newspaper Navigator: Reimagining Chronicling America with Machine Learning"

09/20/2019
Library of Congress
Machine Learning + Libraries Summit
"The International Tracing Service and Machine Learning"
(with Michael Haley Goldman)

06/10/2019
University of Washington
DIRAC Institute
Lunch Seminar
"Data Visualization"

05/14/2019
University of Washington
GIS Symposium 2019
"Mapping the University of Washington's Sephardic Studies Collection"
Event description available here

03/26/2019
Harvard University
Digital Futures Discovery Series
"Needles in a Digital Haystack: Improving Digital Archive Research"
Event description available here

07/27/2018
Library of Congress Labs
"The International Tracing Service Archive and Machine Learning"

06/20/2018
The International Tracing Service Archive
"ITS and Machine Learning" (virtual)

06/06/2018
Smithsonian Data Science Lab
Data Science Seminar
"The International Tracing Service Archive and Machine Learning"

05/03/2018
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
"The International Tracing Service Archive and Machine Learning"

04/19/2018
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust
"Applying Digital Humanities Research Methods to Holocaust Studies:
A case study of the Roman Catholic clerical prisoners in the Dachau Concentration Camp"
(with Andrew Kloes)

01/30/2018
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
"The Clergy in Dachau and Digital Humanities​"
(with Andrew Kloes)

11/13/2017
Wiener Holocaust Library
Improving Access to the ITS Digital Archive Workshop
"Using Computer Vision and Machine Learning to Classify ITS CNI Cards" (virtual)

Conference Presentations

01/09/2025
2025 MLA Annual Convention (*upcoming*)
Panel: "Editing for Social Change: Pasts, Plights, and Paths"
With Kelley Kreitz, Joshua Ortiz Baco, Jim Casey, and Nathan Robinson

04/24/2024
2024 IIPC Web Archiving Conference
Re-imagining Large-Scale Search & Discovery for the Library of Congress’s .gov Holdings

01/06/2024
2024 MLA Annual Convention
Just-in-Time Roundtable: "Literature & Large Language Models — Where Are We Now?"
With Matt Kirschenbaum, Melanie Walsh, Carly Schnitzler, Jonathan Cheng, and Anna Preus

10/31/2023
Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
Newspaper Portals Meet DH Conference
Panel with Torsten Roeder
"Visual Content: Reimagining Digitized Newspapers with Machine Learning" (virtual)

04/20/2023
Digital Library Federation Forum 2022
"Newspaper Navigator: Hosting the Dataset and Deploying the Search Application" (virtual)
With Chris Adams
Recording available here

01/05/2023
American Historical Association 2023
Panel
Panel: "Computing on Cultural Heritage: Reports from an LC Labs Experiment"
With Benjamin Schmidt, Meghan Ferriter, Jessica Mack, Lauren Tilton, and Taylor Arnold

07/27/2022
ADHO Digital Humanities Conference 2022 (DH 2022)
Long Presentation
"Newspaper Navigator: Reimagining Digitized Newspapers with Machine Learning" (virtual)

06/04/2022
German Historical Institute Washington
Fifth Annual GHI Conference on Digital Humanities and Digital History
Datafication in the Historical Humanities
"Compounded Mediation: Excavating the Newspaper Navigator Dataset" (virtual)

05/24/2022
IIPC Web Archiving Conference 2022
Panel: "Serving Researchers With Public Web Archive Datasets in the Cloud" (virtual)
With Mark Phillips, Sawood Alam, and Sebastian Nagel
Recording available here

05/19/2022
Research Society for American Periodicals 2022
Symposium
"New Directions for Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Periodical Studies" (virtual)
With Jewon Woo, Katsuya Izumi, and Molly Hardy
Event description available here

05/18/2022
DH Unbound 2022
"A Computational Periodicals Unconference: Exploring New Opportunities for Critical and Collaborative Inquiry" (virtual)
(with Sarah Salter, Jim Casey, and Joshua Ortiz Baco)
Event description available here

04/11/2022
2022 UCLadino Conference
"The Digital Humanities and the Ladino Press: Unlocking Historic Ladino Newspapers with & Machine Learning" (virtual)
Recording available here

03/15/2022
Fantastic Futures 2021
"Newspaper Navigator: Reimagining Digitized Newspapers with Machine Learning" (virtual)
Recording available here

03/14/2022
Designing Storage Architectures for Digital Collections 2022
Library of Congress
"Newspaper Navigator: Hosting the Dataset and Deploying the Search Application" (with Chris Adams, virtual)
Event description available here, slides available here

02/23/2022
University of Wrocław
Workshop: Studying Advertisements in pre-1939 Jewish Press: Methods and Challenges
"Using Machine Learning to Extract and Analyze Advertisements in Historic Ladino Newspapers, 1890-1948" (virtual)

03/13/2021
The International NewsEye Conference
"From Chronicling America to Newspaper Navigator: Improving Access to Historic Newspaper Photos at the Library of Congress through Machine Learning" (virtual)
(with Nathan Yarasavage)
Recording available here; slides available here

01/13/2021
#DHJewish - Jewish Studies in the Digital Age
Periodicals Session
"The Digital Humanities and the Ladino Press: Using Machine Learning to Extract and Analyze Visual Content in Historic Ladino Newspapers" (virtual)
(with Devin Naar)
Abstract DOI & presentation recording available here