Graphic Thinking: A Panel on Data Visualization

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 • 4:00 pm
  • Olin Library, Washington University in St. Louis, 1 Brookings Dr

Recently, scholars have become increasingly fascinated by data visualization, although various techniques have been used for centuries to illustrate complex ideas in simple ways. This exhibit presents a history of data visualization that includes examples from the library’s collection that illustrate the importance of data visualization as it relates to research and disseminating information.

Graphic Thinking: A Panel on Data Visualization will address the themes of the Charting History: Data Visualization Through the Years exhibit, focused on the history and future of data visualization. Panelists will include:

  • Heather Corcoran, Halsey C. Ives Professor of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and Interim Dean of University College
  • Lisa Marie Harrison, Art Director, Analytic Production and Design Center, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
  • Geoff Ward, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, African and African American Studies

The panel discussion will be followed by a special reception and a showcase of data visualization projects.

Picture: Distribution of the Negro Race, prepared by W.E.B. Du Bois and colleagues for “The Exhibit of American Negroes” at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900. In Battle-Baptiste, Witney, and Britt Rusert, eds. WEB Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America. Chronicle Books, 2018.

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