Conferences & Symposia

Take Note

Take Note

"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.

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If you have questions, please call 617-495-8600.

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


November 1, 2012

Site Visits

Visit the site visits page for more information about each location.

November 2, 2012

(Schedule is subject to change.)

9:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

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

9:20 a.m.

Presentation/launch of online exhibition of notes in Harvard libraries and museums

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

9:45 a.m.

The Past and Future of Note-taking

Moderator - 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

11:15 a.m.


11:30 a.m.

From Theater to Laboratory

Moderator - 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

1:00 p.m.


2:15 p.m.

Digital Annotation Tools

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

David Levy, Professor, Information School, University of Washington

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

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

3:45 p.m.


4:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

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

Geoffrey Nunberg, Adjunct Professor, School of Information, University of California at Berkeley

4:30 p.m.