“Evidence: The Use and Misuse of Data” Symposium Program
June 8-12, 2020
All events were held via Zoom (times listed in EDT)
Monday, June 8
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.: Opening Keynote
“The Weighing of Evidence Requires Expert Judgment and Consensus” (Click Here To Watch)
Richard Shiffrin, Indiana University, Bloomington
Stephen Stigler, University of Chicago
Kathleen Hall Jamieson, The University of Pennsylvania
In conversation with 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
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Panel 1: Evidential Standards (Click Here To Watch)
"Archival Profusion, Archival Silence, and Analytic Invention: Reinventing Histories of Nineteenth-Century African American Debate"
Angela Ray, Northwestern University
Extended Q&A with Angela
"President Andrew Jackson: Fake Quotations, False Facts, and the Debasement of History"
Daniel Feller, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
"Bunk History and the Standards of Historical Interpretation"
Andrew Schocket, Bowling Green State University
Moderator: Kyle Roberts, Associate Director of Library & Museum Programming, American Philosophical Society
Tuesday, June 9
"What did eighteenth-century readers know, and when did they know it?"
Gordon Fraser, University of Manchester
"The Morbid Lives and the Afterlives of the Elizabeth (1737) Reproduction, Data, and Enslaved People's Lives in History of the Intra-American Slave Trade"
Elise Mitchell, New York University
“Peculiar Blue Spots: Evidence and Causes around 1800”
Jutta Schickore, Indiana University, Bloomington
Moderator: Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University
Thursday, June 11
“Bad Data: Settlers Measuring Dust, 1930-1940”
Sara Grossman, Bryn Mawr College
“Polishing Data: How Data Cleaning Produces Demographic Regularities”
Alexander Kindel, Princeton University
“Narrative Data and the Psychiatric Method”
Lindsey Grubbs, The Johns Hopkins University, Berman Institute for Bioethics
Moderator: Sarah Igo, Vanderbilt University
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Panel 4: Envisioning Evidence (Click Here To Watch)
"How Not to Analyze Data: John W. Tukey Against the Mechanization of Statistical Inference"
Alexander Campolo, The University of Chicago
“‘Aren’t we kind of splitting hairs?’: Reframing the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Anthropology of Edward Spicer in the United States Congress”
Nicholas Barron, Mission College
“How the Universe Went Missing in 1974”
Jaco de Swart, University of Amsterdam
Moderator: Adrianna Link, Head of Scholarly Programs, American Philosophical Society
Friday, June 12
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.: Panel 5: Data in the Digital Age (Click Here To Watch)
"The Use and Misuse of Anthropological Evidence: Digital Himalaya as Ethnographic Knowledge (Re)Production"
Mark Turin, The University of British Columbia
“When Voices Become Data: Reading Data Documenting Contemporary Reading”
Jennifer Burek Pierce, The University of Iowa
“Historical Evidence in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”
Joshua Sternfeld, Unaffiliated Independent Scholar
(presentation removed upon request)
Moderator: Jamie Cohen-Cole, George Washington University
3:00 - 4:15 p.m.: Wrap-up Keynote Discussion featuring John R. McNeill, Georgetown University, and Robert M. Hauser, Executive Officer, American Philosophical Society, in conversation with Patrick Spero, Librarian & Director, American Philosophical Society Library & Museum. (Click Here To Watch)
Read J.R. McNeill's American Historical Association Presidential Address, "Peak Document and the Future of History"