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Take Note

  • Thursday, November 1, 2012 through
    Friday, November 2, 2012
  • Radcliffe Gymnasium
    10 Garden Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138
A person holds open a journal with notes on both pages.
Photo by Tony Rinaldo

"Take Note" brings together scholars from literature, history, media studies, information science, and computer science to explore the past and future roles of note-taking across the university. Panelists will discuss the history of note-taking in different disciplines as well as the potential of emerging digital annotation tools.

The conference will open with the launch of an online, interactive exhibition of notes held in Harvard University collections, in tandem with site visits that are free and open to the public to the libraries and museums that contributed to the exhibition.

Join the conversation on Twitter: #radtakenote

The conference launches a new virtual exhibition showcasing the range of note-taking-related materials in libraries and museums across Harvard University.

Event Videos

Lisa Gitelman speaks at a podium. David Hall and Peter Burke sit at an adjacent panel table.

The Past and Future of Note-taking

Introduction by David Hall, Bartlett Research Professor of New England Church History, Harvard Divinity School

Peter Burke, Emeritus Professor of Cultural History, University of Cambridge

Lisa Gitelman, Associate Professor of Media and English, New York University

Q&A, moderated by David Hall

Ann Blair speaks at a podium.

Welcome Remarks and Presentation of "Take Note" Virtual Exhibition


Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University

Leah Price '91, RI '07, Senior Advisor to the Humanities Program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Professor of English, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Ann Blair '84, BI '99, Senior Advisor to the Humanities Program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Henry Charles Lea Professor of History and Harvard College Professor, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Greg Afinogenov, PhD Candidate, Department of History, Harvard University

Alex Csiszar smiles while sitting at a panel table.

From Theater to Laboratory

Introduction by Alex Csiszar, Assistant Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University

Markus Krajewski, Associate Professor of Media History, Bauhaus University, Weimar

Tiffany Stern, Professor of English, University College, Oxford University

Q&A moderated by Alex Csiszar

A person using a stenotype machine.

Digital Annotation Tools

Introduction by Jeffrey Schnapp, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures; Director, metaLAB (at) Harvard; Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

David Karger, Professor of Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bob Stein, Founder and Co-Director, Institute for the Future of the Book

David Levy, Professor, Information School, University of Washington

Q&A moderated by Jeffrey Schnapp

A person holds open a journal with notes on both pages.

Closing Remarks

Introduction by Diana Sorensen, Dean of Arts and Humanities; James F. Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Closing Remarks by Geoffrey Nunberg

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