Marit J. MacArthur F'15
ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships 2015
California State University, Bakersfield
Poetry Performance and Pitch Tracking: Tools for Sound Studies
When we say that poet X reads with a neutral or expressive tone, what do we mean? This project adapts and improves pitch-tracking tools—commonly used by linguists to analyze the fundamental frequency of the human voice and intonation patterns—in order to refine methodologies and terminology used by humanities scholars concerned with sound and performance. The first phase will develop a simple, user-friendly interface for pitch-tracking, drawing on two open-source software programs, Praat and ARLO (Adaptive Recognition with Layered Optimization). These tools will then enable new empirical research on recordings of individual performances, as well as distant listening projects (analogous to distant reading), using machine learning on the “big data” of audio archives to study trends in performance and oratory. The project, which draws on the expertise of linguists, machine learning scientists, and media artists and designers, is hosted by the ModLab at the University of California, Davis.
MacQuarrie busy giving Smithsonian lectures
Regent ships to get top Smithsonian lecturers
Looking to learn on your next vacation? Luxury line Regent Seven Seas says it has just the cruise for you — actually dozens of them.
The line today announced a major partnership with the Smithsonian Institution to bring Smithsonian-affiliated lecturers to more than 80 sailings in 2015 and 2016.
The lecturers will include noted art historians, prominent authors and geopolitical experts who will offer insight into the history, art, culture and politics of the destinations that Regent ships visit, the line says.
In addition to lecturing, the Smithsonian experts also will take part in Q&A sessions with passengers and lead select shore excursions during port calls. The program is organized by Smithsonian Journeys.
"This partnership gives our guests access to some of the most authoritative thought-leaders in the world," Regent president and CEO Jason Montague says in a statement accompanying the announcement.
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Speaker Name: Dr. Charles MacQuarrie
Expertise: English Literature, Cultural History
Dr. Charles MacQuarrie is a Professor of English at California State University, Bakersfield. He holds a BA in literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an M.Litt in Celtic Studies from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in Medieval English and Celtic Language and Literature from the University of Washington. He is a former Washington Fellow at Pembroke College Cambridge, and a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic at the University of Cambridge.
He was a Fulbright Scholar at the American Academy in Rome in 2002, and he is a long time Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland to which he was elected in 1998. Dr. MacQuarrie has published various articles on medieval language, literature, and culture, including studies of the Isle of Man in medieval literature with the University of Liverpool Press and representations of Celtic tattooing in Classical and Medieval literature with Études Celtiques and Princeton University Press. He is the former editor of the Celtic Studies Association of North America Newsletter. His book The Biography of the Irish God of the Sea was published by Mellen press in 2004. He directed the National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminars, based in Scotland and the Isle of Man, on Medieval Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Norse, and English languages and literatures in 2006, 2009, 2013, and 2015. Dr. MacQuarrie is a popular Smithsonian Journeys Expert and has led unforgettable journeys to Scotland and Trans-Atlantic crossings.