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NULab Spring Conference 2022: What Now?

April 1, 2022


On April 1st, the NULab will be hosting its fifth annual Spring Conference, “What Now?” showcasing the work of faculty, students, and research collaborators.

The keynote address will be delivered by Gabriela Baeza Ventura, Associate Professor of Hispanic literature at the University of Houston, and Carolina Villarroel, Brown Foundation Director of research for Arte Público Press at the University of Houston.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required; please RSVP here. Zoom information will be emailed upon registration.

The conference will be virtual, but we will have an in-person lunch and social gathering, in the “Central West” tent on the West Village Quad at Northeastern University from 10:30am to 4:30pm. All are welcome to join! Bring your laptop and listen to the conference, catch up with fellow attendees, and enjoy lunch, breakfast, or a snack. We can accept RSVPs for the virtual conference up to the day of the event, but if you will be joining us in person for food, please RSVP by March 28. 


  • Welcome: 10:45am–11am
    • Dean Dan Cohen, Dean of Libraries; Vice Provost for Information Collaboration; Professor of History
  • Panel: Social Justice and Archival Practice: 11am–12pm
    • Meg Heckman, Journalism, “Embracing the Mess: A Feminist Exploration of the Boston Globe Collection”
    • Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, English, Africana Studies, and Art & Design, “Warpland Updates”
    • Elena Fernández, NULab Virtual Visiting Scholar, University of Zurich, “Technology, Globalization and Newspapers: A Computational Analysis”
    • Moderator: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, NULab Co-Director
  • Lunch: 12pm–1pm
  • Keynote, “Beyond Academia: Latinx Praxis in DH, Archive and Community”: 1:15pm–2pm
    • Gabriela Baeza Ventura, Associate Professor of Hispanic literature at the University of Houston
    • Carolina Villarroel, Brown Foundation Director of research for Arte Público Press at the University of Houston
    • Moderated by Julia Flanders, Digital Scholarship Group and Professor of Practice, English
  • Panel: COVID-19 in Broader Contexts: 2pm–3pm
    • Sage Gibbons, Urban Informatics, “Neighborhood Inequities in Adaptability to COVID-19”
    • David Lazer, Political Science and Computer Sciences, “Lessons from the COVID States Project”
    • Jessica Davis, Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Socio-technical Systems (MOBS), “Modeling the COVID-19 Pandemic”
    • Moderator: Sarah Connell, NULab Assistant Director
  • Break: 3pm–3:15pm
  • Panel: Pandemic Pedagogy: 3:15pm–4:15pm
    • Jessica Linker, History, and Surabhi Keesara, Computer Science and Sociology, “360/VR Videography for Historical and Cultural Studies During the Pandemic”
    • Claire Tratnyek, History, “Teaching Digital: Pedagogical Lessons from Remote and IRL Instruction”
    • Felix Muzny, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, “Ethics and Pedagogy: Unwelcome Visitors to CS Classrooms?”
    • Moderator: David Lazer, NULab Co-Director
  • Thanks and Closing: 4:15pm-4:30pm
    • Dean Uta Poiger, College of Social Sciences and Humanities; Professor of History

To make space for informal discussions and community building, this conference will not be recorded.

Keynote Speaker Biographies

Dr. Gabriela Baeza Ventura is associate professor of Spanish with a specialization on US Latinx literature in the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston. She is executive editor at Arte Público Press, the premier US Latino publishing house, and co-founder and co-director of the US Latino Digital Humanities center.  Baeza Ventura has published on various aspects of US Latino literature and digital humanities including women, immigration, recovery works, language and YA and children’s literary production. Baeza Ventura was selected to participate in the committee of Next-Generation Historical and Scholarly Digital Editions by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities; to advise on US Latinx archives and data collecting to NHPRC and was recently appointed to the Mellon-ACLS funded Commission on Fostering and Sustaining Diverse Digital Scholarship. 

Dr. Carolina A. Villarroel holds a PhD in Spanish literature with a specialization in US Latino Literature and Women’s Studies from the University of Houston.  She is the former archivist in charge of the Mexican American and African American Collections at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center. Currently, she serves as the Brown Foundation Director of Research of the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage, and along with her colleague, Gabriela Baeza Ventura, are also the founders and directors of the first US Latino Digital Humanities Center in the nation. The Center was funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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